The Gamechanger Films CEO reflects on the backlash she received in 2015 after arguing on-air with Matt Damon: "I spoke up and got summarily smacked back down." https://t.co/9kZWnYWRrN— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 18, 2020
In a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter, producer Effie Brown opens up about the backlash she received after calling out Matt Damon for the lack of diversity on the HBO series, Project Greenlight.
“After I did Project Greenlight — and this is no secret — I suffered a huge backlash. I didn’t work for a while. People didn’t want to work with me because I spoke truth to power. People who speak up are usually marginalized and pushed back, called difficult, confrontational, you name it. I spoke up and got summarily smacked back down. I did not get embraced with open arms, nor did it work in my favor … at first.”
Brown also said that she only got paid to make the movie but not for her work on the series. She has not seen any residuals from the show. Brown feels that they used her for her experiences and treated her as if she was secondary.
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Brown said that she’s grateful for where she is at today and is thankful again to her allies, Lee Daniels, and Black Twitter. Brown ends the pieces advising others in her position to hire, mentor, and promote underrepresented groups and invest in minority companies.