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Matt Damon: I Should Probably Shut Up, Huh?!?

It took several weeks and multiple interview, but it has finally happened.

Matt Damon has finally said the right thing about the ongoing sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood.

On Tuesday morning, the veteran actor sat down with The Today Show and reflected on a series of remarks he made last month that got him in boiling hot water.

“I really wished I listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” Damon said on the program, referring to controversial comments he made in regard to the #MeToo movement.

He’s talking, of course, about a chat Damon had in mid-December with Peter Travis of ABC.

In this chat, Damon grew very defensive of his own gender, taking the stance that not all men are sexual predators and not all the sexual violations are equal.

“There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon asked, stating the obvious.

Over the past few months, of course, stars from Kevin Spacey to Harvey Weinstein to Louis CK to Matt Lauer have been accused of heinous acts toward women.

“We are so energized to kind of get retribution,” Damon continued, sticking his foot deeper and deeper into his mouth and adding:

“We live in this culture of outrage and injury, and we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.'”

Talk about missing the point and getting up high on one’s own pedestal, huh?

Damon now acknowledges this.

“Ultimately, what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say,” Damon said this morning. “For that, I am really sorry.”

In a follow-up December interview, Damon emphasized that a majority of men treat women with respect.

“I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole shitload of guys – the preponderance of men I’ve worked with – who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected,” he said back then.

Yeah. We’re pretty sure innocent men are not the victims here.

Again, Damon has at last come around to this realization.

Speaking of the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up movement, Damon now says the following:

“A lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and want to go along for the ride, but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.”

Yes. Finally. There it is.

Men need to sit back and just listen to women explain what so many have gone through over the course of their lifetimes and/or their careers.

Following his initial statement(s), celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Minnie Driver came out and slammed the actor.

Tweeted Milano, for example:

“Dear Matt Damon, It’s the micro that makes the macro.

“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.”

So very well said.

We’re glad to see what Matt Damon now agrees.

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Matt Damon Keeps Saying Stupid Stuff About Sexual Harassment

Where is Ron Burgundy when we need him?

Someone has to tell Matt Damon that he needs to take a timeout and not talk for awhile.

On the heels of a reputation-damaging into with ABC News, in which Damon largely brushed off the ongoing issue of sexual harassment in Hollywood, the actor spoke to Business Insider on Monday.

And he once again shoved his pompous foot deeply into his misguided mouth.

“We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great,” Damon said of how predators and sexist miscreants such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Louis CK and Charlie Rose are being exposed on a near-daily basis.

Did the star just leave it at that, however?

Of course not. He felt the need to defend innocent men for some reason, saying on record:

“I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole shitload of guys – the preponderance of men I’ve worked with – who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected.”

Ah, yes.

It’s the lives of whose who will NOT be affected that we really need to be discussing right now.

Forget the endless array of women whose personal and professional lives have been shattered by the actions of some really gross individuals.

What about the good guys, people?!?

Added Damon:

“If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don’t care, I’ll sign it. I would have signed it before. I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that.”

That’s fine. That’s great. No one has accused you of anything, dude.

Except now for being a pompous, insensitive know-it-all who keeps missing the entire point of the #MeToo movement.

In response to his latest comments, stars such as Debra Messing, Rose McGowan and Cher have taken to Twitter in order to tear Damon a new one.

“Matt Damon- SERIOUSLY? You are a smart man. A privileged, white man,” the Will & Grace actress wrote on Monday.

“This is NOT the time to ask for a pat on the back. How about we NOT celebrate men who are simply decent human beings. Stay on track, Matt.

“It’s not about you.”

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Said Cher:

“Matt Damon is the epitome of a faux ally whose performative wokeness is more about servicing his own ego than the needs of the oppressed & disenfranchised.”

And McGowan, who has asserted for years that she was a rape victim of Weinstein’s:

“Matt Damon is dense AF.”

Late last week, Damon got into trouble for remarks he made to Peter Travers.

“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon said in that interview, pointing out the obvious for no reason and adding:

“Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

No one has conflated these actions.

But women everywhere have tried to explain, as Alyssa Milano did so eloquently on Twitter in response to Damon, that the “micro” can lead to the “macro.”

There’s clearly a widespread disrespect of women going on in Hollywood and it’s one that needs to be addressed on every level.

“We are so energized to kind of get retribution,” Damon also said last week.

“We live in this culture of outrage and injury… and we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.'”

Are social media users sometimes too focused on outrage and on trolling anyone with whom they disagree? Sure.

Is that what’s happening amidst what Damon himself refers to as a “watershed moment” in entertainment? No. Not even a little bit.

We’ll let Milano explain what Damon continues to miss…

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.

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Alyssa Milano Destroys Matt Damon Over Sexual Harassment Comments

When it comes to the debate on sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood, Alyssa Milano has just made it very clear:

She’s the boss.

The actress – who has been as responsible as anyone for promoting the #MeToo movement and who has been a vocal supporter of every woman who has recently spoken out – took to Twitter on Friday night and straight up owned Matt Damon.

The typically beloved star has been criticized mightily over the past 24 hours.

He spoke to Peter Travers of ABC News this week and made far too many attempts to parse the differences between various acts that have gotten men in trouble of late.

From Al Franken resigning from the Senate for grabbing the butts of women… to Louis CK admitting he masturbated in front of women… to Matt Lauer being fired for alleged rape and other heinous behavior, countless stars have gotten in major trouble for treating women with disrespect.

Asked about this watershed moment in the country, Damon initially told Travers:

“I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories – and it’s totally necessary.”

But then he kept going, sticking his foot deeper and deeper into his mouth.

“I do believe there’s a spectrum of behavior,” he said, stating the obvious and missing the point of the #MeToo movement.

“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, who co-starred with Damon in Good Will Hunting, immediately shook her head over Damon’s comments.

“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 Tweeted.

But Milano went even further.

Focusing especially on Damon’s assertion that men are being punished these days because we live in a “culture of outrage,” the actress took the actor to school.

She also explained why rape and the occasional sexist comment may be different, but they contribute to the same thing.

“Dear Matt Damon, It’s the micro that makes the macro,” Milano wrote to open her response.

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Continued Milano:

“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 really can’t say any of this better than Milano, so we’re just gonna let her keep going…

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

BOOM, right?

Game, set, match, Alyssa Milano.

Most people seem to agree that Damon meant no harm with his comments and that he was just trying to be understanding.

The thing is, he was trying to be understanding of the men, not the women.

The best thing men can do in this climate right now is simply listen.

The worst thing they can do, even the well-intentioned ones? Pretend they know best, as Damon did here.

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Matt Damon Gets Dragged by Entire Internet for Sexual Misconduct Comments

Matt Damon is generally considered one of the nicest, least controversial actors in Hollywood.

But the star has gone ahead and stuck his typically-genial foot directly into his very handsome mouth.

On Wednesday’s episode of ABC News’ Popcorn With Peter Travers, the actor shared his take on the influx of sexual misconduct allegations that continue to hit the entertainment profession.

And, in doing so, Damon opened himself up to criticism from… well… pretty much everyone.

“I think we’re in this watershed moment,” he said early in the interview, adding:

“I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories – and it’s totally necessary.”

There you go. Perfect. Damon could have just stopped there and no one would be talking about him right now.

But he didn’t stop there.

With sexual misconduct allegations derailing the careers of such stars as Louis CK, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Mario Batali and MANY others, Damon made many attempts to parse various situations.

Referring to a “spectrum of behavior,” he said:

“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?”

In this case, Damon was citing scandals that have enveloped politicians Al Franken (butt patting) and Roy Moore (alleged child molestation).

“Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” Damon continued, saying he would have “preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation.”

However, Damon argued:

“We are so energized to kind of get retribution.”

Most people would not say anyone is energized to get “retribution” right now.

They would say women are energized to speak out against the many times they’ve been wronged; and this should only be applauded.

In one of his most dissected and disappointing statements, Damon said:

“We live in this culture of outrage and injury, and, you know, we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.’

“You know what I mean?”

Not really.

One can not be perfect and also know how to treat a woman with respect at all times.

Among those who have dragged Damon for his comments is Minnie Driver, who co-starred with the actor in Good Will Hunting.

She linked to his controversial interview on Twitter and just wrote “God, God seriously?”

Others, meanwhile, have said the following:

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Damon, who was close to Harvey Weinstein after the producer helped get Good Will Hunting made, dug himself into an even deeper hole when citing individual examples.

Admitting he doesn’t “know all the details” about Louis C.K., for example, Damon said the following:

“I don’t do deep dives on this, but I did see his statement…

“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.'”

Ummm…. there are two problems with this argument:

  1. CK was accused of pulling out his penis and masturbating in front of many women. Damon could have taken a few easy second to research this online.
  2. CK only released his statement AFTER reports came out that basically confirmed these actions.

Damon is concerns that “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?”

MD

SIGH.

Look, yes, there’s a difference between outright rape and a few misguided comments. No one denies this.

But one could argue that a culture that looks past the latter on a continual basis contributes to more of the former because there because a general acceptance of women as nothing but sex objects.

Moreover, this just isn’t the time, Matt.

There have been too many instances of too much heinous behavior around Hollywood. This isn’t the time to get up on a pedestal and try to teach America about grey areas.

But Damon focused on social media in his interview and lamented today’s culture of presumed guilt, saying:

“The moment a claim is made… I would be scorched earth. I’d go, ‘I don’t care if it costs $ 10 million to fight this in court with you for 10 years; you are not taking my name from me. You are not taking my name and my reputation from me. I’ve worked too hard for it.

“And I earned it. You can’t just blow me up like that.'”

“Once a claim is made, there will no longer be settlements. That’s my prediction, just based on what I’ve seen.”

“Isn’t that a good thing?” Travers countered, noting many female had been unable to share their stories because of nondisclosure agreements.

“One hundred percent,” Damon responded, adding that “every woman who’s coming forward with one of these stories needs to be listened to and heard.”

Boom. Yes. Done.

That’s all you had to say in the first place, Matt Damon.

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