2017 is the year of many things, including admonishing famous men who just can’t keep their mouths shut. And right now, the spotlight is on Matt Damon. After the actor shared his horribly misguided thoughts about sexual misconduct, Minnie Driver and Alyssa Milano slammed him for his words.
“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior,” Damon said in a recent interview with ABC News. “And we’re going to have to figure — you know, there’s a difference between, you know, 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, right?”
Matt Damon has many opinions about sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement. In recent months, the actor has done ~a lot~. First, he claimed that he didn’t know anything about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual misconduct. But then, Damon revealed that he and Ben Affleck knew that Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow.
Damon still can’t seem to keep quiet, though his opinions are certainly not helping anyone. When his words about the supposed “spectrum of behavior” fell completely short, some powerful ladies stepped in to educate him. And we applaud them.
Alyssa Milano had a lot to say.
The actress shared a powerful thread on Twitter.
She had some things to say about the “spectrum of behavior” Damon spoke of.
And she put to words to what so many of us want to express.
She used a metaphor too.
In the end, Milano called sexual misconduct a “systemic disease.”
Minnie Driver, who starred alongside and even previously dated Damon, stepped in as well.
She explained her thoughts, partially through responses to users on Twitter.
For survivors, being inundated with constant conversation around sexual trauma can be taxing.
It can be hard when someone — especially a male in a position of power, like Matt Damon — doesn’t understand. In the end, nothing reverses the experience of these women and men. Survivors’ experiences ARE valid, and having women like Milano and Driver speak up is everything.
We have to stick together and keep fighting.
And as for Damon and men like him, famous or not, they have to stop talking. They have to start listening. It’s the only way.