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Old 07-09-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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...or something like that, having recently made a statement that he considers himself "lucky enough to have found love with a civilian [emphasis mine]." Interestingly, the statement was discussed ad nauseum by a roundtable of journalists this morning, all pontificating on the advantages of celebs marrying "civilians," and no one thinking it was more than a bit odd for a civilian to...well...think of hmself as current or past member of the military.

Memo to Matt: I know you Hollywood people get all wrapped up in the roles you play (consider Martin Sheen, who often sounds like he thinks he really was president), but you're not now nor have you ever been a private in the U.S. military.

In other words, your wife, too, married a civilian.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:08 PM
 
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From "The Dirty Dozen"---


Maj. Reisman (Lee Marvin): Pinkley! How'd you like to be a general?

Pinkley (Donald Sutherland): I'd rather be a civilian, sir.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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You are making something out of nothing. Many occupations consider people not in that occupation a civilian. How did you even think he considered himself a member of the military?
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Noblesville, IN
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Actually, I've NEVER heard other people other than the military refer to others as civilians. Whether or not some people do that, it seems odd that Matt Damon thinks of himself in another class as to make a distinction about his wife. That's weird.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Actually, I've NEVER heard other people other than the military refer to others as civilians. Whether or not some people do that, it seems odd that Matt Damon thinks of himself in another class as to make a distinction about his wife. That's weird.

He is in another class. Richer, more well known, etc.

I guess if you never heard of something it doesn't exist.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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"Civilian" is not just defined as a non-military person.

Civilian | Define Civilian at Dictionary.com

civilian - definition of civilian by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Noblesville, IN
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He is in another class. Richer, more well known, etc.

I guess if you never heard of something it doesn't exist.
Yea, THAT'S what I meant. I'm just that dumb.

I meant that I"ve truly never heard that referred to other than the military...never...I didn't say it must not exist or be true...just that it was odd to me that I've never heard that.

And other than wealth, he's not so different than his wife...is he? Is she below him in some way? I just think that making that particular distinction sounds odd to me...like he believes himself to be better perhaps. That was my first impression...and just because you're a rich, famous person doesn't really elevate you...that's what many actors believe but I don't hold to that. Perhaps I'm different myself...being the civilian I am.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Making a mountain out of a mole hill here.

In Hollywood, stars who date or marry someone not in the business are said to be dating or marrying a "civilian". This isn't new term or phrase he's coined. IIRC, Matt Damon's wife was a waitress or something. It's not an elitist thing, it's just that it's typical for celebs to either date other celebs or date someone in that environment (e.g., producers, writers, PR agents, and so on). It must be easier for them to do so as there are common interests there. There's a reason why you don't really see A- and B-listers dating the local bakery shop owner, small town cop, or daycare teacher and those reasons aren't automatically elitist.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:11 AM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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for those complaining, perhaps had he used the word "commoner" it would be acceptable????

He seems like a nice,upstanding,grounded guy. Never claimed to be a brainiac; so he used a word most think normally reserved for military lingo--no big deal. Really.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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I am a bit surprised since I have heard the phrase "not in the industry" before and the only thing it suggests is that the person is not involved with the entertainment industry.
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