Matt Damon previously spoke out about his experiences with Harvey Weinstein, when those sexual misconduct allegations originally surfaced. Now that the #metoo movement has unearthed a growing number of predatory men in the Hollywood filmmaking industry, Mr. Damon is calling on the media and the rest of Hollywood to recognize those men who are not responsible for sexual harassment or assault.
Matt Damon Says Sexual Predators are in the Minority in Hollywood
The star of such blockbusters as The Martian and Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has pursued a successful career in Hollywood. This has enabled him to see both the good and bad in Hollywood and he says the good men aren’t getting enough recognition, because the media is focused on sexual predators. He says, while he is supportive of the industry’s efforts to bring misconduct to light, he thinks there should be greater recognition of the vast men who don’t take advantage of women.
Matt says most men in Hollywood don’t use their position to force women into bed or commit any offensive acts towards colleagues. The actor believes the majority of men will never be affected by sexual misconduct allegations.
“If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don’t care, I’ll sign it,” said Mr. Damon. “I would have signed it before. I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that.”
Matt Damon Bounces Back After Harsh Criticism
While the actor has always been supportive of the #metoo movement, some of his previous statements stirred some resentment in the media and among his peers. Specifically, Matt suggested that sexual harassment claims and sexual assault allegations were separate issues and should be treated differently. He suggested that “patting someone on the butt” isn’t quite on the same level as “rape or child molestation,” adding that they should be treated differently.
Damon later added that he didn’t mean to imply that sexual harassment isn’t a serious issue.
“Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
One of Damon’s harshest critics was Minnie Driver, who is an ex-flame, as well as a former Good Will Hunting co-star. She said that even decent men can’t understand what it’s like to be in a situation where there’s any type of abuse. She said no man, no matter how well-intentioned, can understand what it feels like to be that vulnerable. Although Driver didn’t mention Damon by name, her comments came on the heels of Matt’s previous remarks.