Last Saturday, actor Matt Damon joined his mother, a Boston-area schoolteacher, for this year’s SOS (Save Our Schools) March in Washington DC and agreed to an on-camera interview with Libertarian video hub Reason.tv. Things got off to a shaky start, with Damon disagreeing with the interviewer’s take that the lack of job security inherent in acting acts as an incentive for him to work hard:
So you think job insecurity is what makes me word hard? I want to be an actor. That’s not an incentive. That’s the thing: See, you take this MBA-style thinking, right? It’s the problem with ed policy right now, this intrinsically paternalistic view of problems that are much more complex than that. It’s like saying a teacher is going to get lazy when they have tenure. A teacher wants to teach. I mean, why else would you take a shitty salary and really long hours and do that job unless you really love to do it?
The camera person then asked Damon, “Aren’t ten percent that are bad, though? Ten percent of teachers are bad.” Damon’s mom looked baffled. “Where’d you get that number?” she asked.
Damon struck back: “Maybe you’re a shitty camera man.” ~*~The more you know.~*~
Have a look:
Matt’s response to that “TV reporter” reminds me of a shorter version of this: