Matt Damon is in trouble. In the wake of the deluge of sexual misconduct accusations involving several male actors, producers and directors, Damon thought it prime time to give his two cents. In a new interview, he pointed out there was a “spectrum of behaviour” when it came to the men who were accused. ““You know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” he said. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
Damon’s Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver took aim at him on Twitter straight away. “Oh my god, SERIOUSLY” she responded. “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).”
It was Alyssa Milano however that criticised Damon’s tone-deaf comments. “Dear Matt Damon, It’s the micro that makes the macro,” she began. “We are in a “culture of outrage” because the magnitude of rage is, in fact, overtly outrageous. And it is righteous. I have been a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak. They all hurt. And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted–even welcomed– misogyny. We are not outraged because someone grabbed our asses in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal. We are outraged because we have been gaslighted. We are outraged because we were silenced for so long.
There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer. Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault and violence is a systemic disease. The tumor is being cut out right now with no anesthesia. Please send flowers. #MeToo.”
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