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(NEWSER) – Matt Damon has apologized after sparking an uproar at Sunday night's Project Greenlight premiere.

The HBO show features a panel of writers, directors, and producers deciding which director should be given the opportunity to direct a $3 million feature film; producer Effie Brown, who is black, is part of this season's panel, and Sunday discussed her preference for the most diverse directing team that made it to the finals—a woman and a Vietnamese man—noting that she thought they'd have the sensitivity required for the film. She asked the other panelists (all of whom are white, NBC News notes) to remember that "the only black person" in the film project is "a hooker who gets hit by her white pimp," and because of that they should be careful which director they choose.

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