Actor Matt Damon gestures during his address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s commencement in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, June 3, 2016. Damon won an Academy Award for co-writing the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting”, where he portrayed a mathematically gifted MIT janitor. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Our commencement speech of the week came this morning in Cambridge, Mass., where actor Matt Damon returned to his hometown and, specifically, the campus on which he shot the film with his breakthrough role: Good Will Hunting.
He warmed up the crowd with the usual actor-turned-commencement-speaker stuff, and then took a flamethrower to the political and financial class.
“Let me say this to the bankers — specifically the ones that brought you the biggest heist in history,” Damon said. “It was theft, and you knew it. It was fraud, and you knew it. And you know what else? We know that you knew it.”
“So, yeah, you sort of got away with it,” he said. “You got that house in the Hamptons that other people paid for when their own mortgages went underwater. And you might have our money, but you don’t have our respect. Just so you know: When we pass you on the street and look you in the eye, that’s what we’re thinking.”
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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