The View’s voice of reason doesn’t agree with the controversial comments Matt Damon made about gay actors during an interview with The Guardian last week, and took him to task on yesterday’s show.
Damon angered many when he wondered aloud whether gay actors injure their careers by coming out publicly, suggesting they could do better in Hollywood by keeping their sexuality “a mystery.”
He maintained in a public apology appearance on Ellen yesterday that his words were twisted and taken “out of context,” even though he basically reassured that he thinks actors should keep their private lives (aka sexuality) private — something he can’t even do himself.
Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symoné addressed his comments directly and punched a few obvious holes in his logic.
“I played a gay woman in Color Purple, a man in The Associate, and we’re actors. We’re supposed to be able to play everything and play it convincingly,” said Goldberg, pointedly addressing the camera. “So I don’t think whether you know or think or believe I’m gay has anything to do with what my abilities are. As an actor, that’s how I feel.”
Raven pointed out that it’s pretty much impossible for an actor to stay closeted by choice and maintain a certain “mystique” in Hollywood today, given the rise of social media and the public’s insatiable desire to “out” people.
“People tell your business whether you tell your business or not,” Goldberg added. “And in terms of ‘mystique’ and all of that stuff, you used to be able to make that choice for yourself.”