Matt Damon says we should be talking more about men who *don’t* harass women, and Twitter is on fire
In more “Matt Damon says something horribly tone deaf about sexual misconduct” news, Damon recently told Business Insider that we should all spend more time discussing the men in Hollywood who aren’t sexual predators. The full quote reads,
"We're in this watershed moment, and it's great, but I think one thing that's not being talked about is there are a whole sh*tload 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."
Let’s get one thing clear: Men have been both celebrated and protected within the entertainment industry (and the world at large) for generations. Some have been outright predators, some have protected predators, and some have been party to more subtle and insidious forms of daily harassment without even understanding or acknowledging that their actions crossed a line (for example, when Ben Affleck “playfully” groped Hilarie Burton’s breast while on TRL). Do plenty of men not engage in this behavior? Of course.
But to insinuate that now is the time to celebrate them — for just doing what a decent human being should do anyway — utterly misses the importance and significance of the current cultural moment. This is the first time in history when victims of sexual misconduct are being heard and taken seriously, and when men are being held accountable for their actions — and that is what we should be talking about. That is what we are talking about.
Of course, Twitter had thoughts.
Needless to say, it’s probably a good idea for Matt Damon to lay low for a while (oh, and also, EDUCATE HIMSELF ON THIS SUBJECT BEFORE SPEAKING ON IT EVER AGAIN).