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Matt Damon rips reporter a new one

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Matt Damon defends teachers

Matt Damon gave teachers everywhere a huge boost when he schooled a reporter on just how important educators are.

Just when we thought Matt Damon couldn't get any hotter, he goes ahead and proves us wrong.

Matt Damon schools a teacher

The liberal Oscar-winner was at the Save Our Schools rally in Washington D.C. last weekend with his mother, a longtime teacher. A reporter from a Libertarian website approached Damon to ask him whether or not teachers get lazy when they get tenure.

That's when all the fun started.

The reporter smugly reasoned that Damon works hard because he worries about his job, so shouldn't teachers have to do the same thing?

"So you think job insecurity is what makes me work 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," the newly bald Matt Damon said to the reporter.

"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 [expletive] salary and really long hours and do that job unless you really love to do it?"

Exactly, Matt. Plus, he's a hugely successful -- and rich -- actor. Paying the bills isn't what motivates him to act at this point.

The tension filled the air until the cameraman spoke.

"Aren't 10 percent of teachers bad, though? Ten percent of teachers are bad," he declared. Damon's adorable mother asked where he got his numbers.

"I don't know. Ten percent of people in any profession maybe should think of something else," he said.

"Maybe you're a [expletive] cameraman," Damon replied.

Watch Matt Damon's verbal smackdown (NSFW -- language)

We love you, Matt.

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