Wow, what a bummer, we really wanted to like Matt Damon. The A-list actor decided it would be a good idea to voice his opinion about who should be forgiven for sexually harassing or assaulting women, and what crimes are worth being upset by or not. Yes, really.
“We live in this culture of outrage and injury,” he began to ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers released on Dec. 15. “You know, that we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.’ I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and it’s totally necessary,” Okay that’s already kind of condescending, but let’s continue. “I do believe there’s a spectrum of behavior… There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.”
Ben Affleck, Harvey Weinstein, and Matt Damon
So apparently Matt, a non-victim, knows how people should feel after being sexually assaulted. But he also knows who should and shouldn’t have their careers ruined by committing these crimes! Among those who should get a pass: Al Franken and Louis C.K.. “That’s the sign of somebody who — well, we can work with that. I don’t know Louis C.K.. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything,” he said. “When you see Al Franken taking a picture putting his hands on that woman’s flak jacket and mugging for the camera… that is just like a terrible joke, and it’s not funny. It’s wrong, and he shouldn’t have done that. But when you talk about Harvey and what he’s accused of, that stuff happened secretly, because it was criminal and he knew it. So they don’t belong in the same category.”
Speaking of Harvey Weinstein, Matt wants you to know that he 100% didn’t know about the abuse while he was working with him. Nope, no way. “A lot of people said, ‘Well, Harvey — everybody knew’ … that’s not true,” he explained. “Everybody knew what kind of guy he was in the sense that if you took a meeting with him, you knew that he was tough and he was a bully, and that was his reputation. [But with regard to the rape allegations,] nobody who made movies for him knew … Any human being would have put a stop to that, no matter who he was.” Sure, okay.
Gosh it’s so *interesting how men with all these opinions about women’s differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem( *profoundly unsurprising)
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) December 15, 2017
It didn’t take long for angry Twitter users to school Matt on his ignorant comments, including ex-girlfriend Minnie Driver (who, btw, he dumped live on Oprah’s talk show). “God God, SERIOUSLY?” she wrote. “There are so many men I love who do NOT frame the differentiation between sexual misconduct assault and rape as an excuse or worse, our problem. Such bollocks…” Well put, Minnie!
Of course, plenty of others agreed with her. “Ding dong your opinion is wrong,” said one, while another wrote “I would rather Matt Damon refrained from commenting on anything other than that awful looking movie he’s promoting. He knew about the toxic behavior and choose to say nothing.” One salty tweeter said “I would say I’d give up watching Matt Damon movies out of protest, but you can’t give up what you never started.” Zing!