Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company to adopt inclusion riders

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR

An inclusion rider is the idea that people who have negotiating power in the film industry, such as A-list actors, directors, and producers, insist on language in their contracts demanding diversity in both on-screen and behind-the-camera positions. It requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity, and is a solid commitment to increasing representation of women and minorities in the industry.

No word on whether Affleck and Damon are also applying an inclusion rider to every acting project, or only their production company.

On Monday, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni-the head of strategic outreach at Pearl Street Films, Damon and Affleck's production company-tweeted at Jordan, saying that the company would be following in his footsteps and adopting the rider as well.

Following McDormand's call to action, Michael B. Jordan got the trend going in earnest, formally announcing that he will be using inclusion riders for all forthcoming projects he produces.

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Affleck - who won a best picture Oscar as a producer of "Argo" (2015) and shared an original-screenplay Oscar with Damon for writing "Good Will Hunting" (1997) - has not commented publicly. Actress Hilarie Burton claimed on social media that Affleck groped her during an appearance of MTV's Total Request Live in 2003.

Meanwhile, Damon came under fire previously for seeming to suggest that there was a difference between sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

A short time later he stirred another controversy when he talked to a journalist about perceptions that he and his long-time movie star friend Ben Affleck were gay. "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".

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