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Matt Damon Gives Wall Street A Piece Of His Mind

...via his commencement speech at MIT.
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Over the weekend, Matt Damon gave a commencement address at MIT-- where he once worked as a janitor by day and a math genius by night-- and didn't let the fact that many of the graduates in the audience will soon be entering the finance industry inform the content of his speech.

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Damon...reserved some of his harshest critique for bankers, which he faulted for the 2008 financial pandemic that reverberated through the global economy...Calling the crisis "the biggest heist in history," the "Jason Bourne" actor insisted that financial institutions were aware of the ramifications of their actions, which he called fraudulent. "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," Damon said. "I don't know if justice is coming for you in this life or the next but if it does come in this life? Her name will be Elizabeth Warren," he added. Judging by the sparse applause during his comments, Damon may have been speaking to a less than receptive audience. In fact, a 2015 study by Harvard Business School found that finance was the ranked as most popular industry among MIT grads entering the labor market, with more than 8 percent taking jobs in the financial sector after graduation

Matt Damon blasts banks for 'biggest heist in history,' backs Warren [CNBC]