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Matt Damon is in hot water due to his controversial comments about sexual misconduct.
In a preview clip for ABC’s “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Damon shared his thoughts about sexual misconduct as more and more celebrities come forward to share their stories. Unfortunately, the “Martian” actor’s words seemed to lack sensitivity regarding the issue.
“I think we’re in this watershed moment. I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories—and it’s totally necessary,” Damon said (via E! News). “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.”
Minnie Driver did not agree with the “Jason Bourne” star’s statement and expressed her thoughts on social media. “God God, SERIOUSLY?” she wrote on Twitter, along with a link to an article about Damon’s statement.
“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..” Driver wrote in another tweet.
Damon and Driver co-starred in “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. The two dated, but when Damon appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1998, he denied that he had a girlfriend, which did not sit well with Driver.
“It’s unfortunate that Matt went on ‘Oprah’,” Driver told Los Angeles Times. “It seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate.”
Driver is not alone in her objections to Damon’s statement. Another user took to Twitter and wrote: “in 2018, Matt Damon should be cancelled.”
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Damon also shared his thoughts about Louis C.K., who recently apologized for his sexual misconduct. The “Bourne Identity” star admitted that he doesn’t know all the details regarding the comedian’s actions, but he thinks that C.K. deserves another chance.
“When he came out and said, ‘I did this; I did these things; these women are all telling the truth,’ I just remember thinking, ‘Well, that’s the sign of somebody who…well, we can work with that,’” Damon said (via E! News).
“The clearer signal to men and to younger people is [to] deny it, because if you take responsibility for what you did, your life’s going to get ruined. I mean, look, as I said—all of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum. And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? That’s what needs to happen. OK?” he added.
In addition, Damon previously denied knowing about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault. He also stressed that while he did work with the film mogul in several movie projects, he kept his distance from him.
“When you hear ‘Harvey this, Harvey that’—I mean, look at the guy! Of course he’s a womanizer. I don’t hang out with him,” Damon said.
What’s your take on Damon’s thoughts about sexual misconduct? Drop a comment below.
Twitter reacts to Matt Damon’s statement about sexual misconduct. Pictured: Damon poses at the premiere for “Suburbicon” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Oct. 22, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
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