Matt Damon Thinks It’s “Better” For Gay Actors To Stay In The Closet

Matt Damon, an actor you once respected, is quickly on his way to becoming everyone’s drunk uncle, opening his mouth and saying sideways nonsense. First, he came for diversity, neatly, pedantically explaining away its importance and relevance to a black woman. Now, he’s coming for the gays.

In an interview with the Guardian, Damon explained his stance on gay actors in Hollywood and their very personal decision about coming out of the closet:

“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly. But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”

On on hand, yes, he has a point-ish. As a public consumed by celebrity culture, we have an insatiable thirst for intimate details about the lives of celebrities who are actually just people like you and I. Where they ate for dinner, who they slept with, how many times they’ve done cocaine off the back of a toilet in a bar — all of these things that, if you’re a normal person, are private matters, are dug up and packaged and presented to the public for consumption. This is the price you pay as a celebrity. But sexual orientation, especially for those on the LGBQ spectrum, is not quite the same as a famous person’s penchant for kale smoothies and floppy hats. It’s not a fun detail meant to pad Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” featurette. It’s an aspect of their identity. It’s a part of who they are. And to say that a person should hide that part of themselves because it’s better for the “the craft” and their career is ridiculous and unfair. Especially coming from a straight dude like Matt Damon, who hardly hid his own relationships with fellow actors Minnie Driver and Winona Ryder, and regularly brings his wife to events.

Hey Matt? Maybe it’s time for you to stop running your mouth about things that don’t concern you. Try staying in your lane for a change, yeah? [Indiewire]