Milano schools Matt Damon on the systemic problem of sexual misconduct
Earlier this week, Matt Damon gave a downright mind-boggling response about sexual misconduct during an interview with ABC News. Among other things, he basically blamed the current “outrage culture” for making too big a deal out of things lately. His interview raised more than a few eyebrows and many people were not having it.
Namely, fellow actor and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano who decided to properly school Damon on his tone-deaf views.
Among the several staggering statements Damon made: “We live in this culture of outrage and injury, you know. We’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.’”
“And the fear for me is that right now, we’re in this moment where at the moment — and I hope it doesn’t stay this way — the clearer signal to men and to younger people is, deny it. Because if you take responsibility for what you did, your life’s going to get ruined.”
“I guess it depends on the situation and the allegation and how believable I think it is.”
Um, what’s that now? “None of us came here perfect?” So because we’re all flawed in one way or another, that automatically atones for men being monsters? GTFOH.
Well, Alyssa Milano was having none of it, and decided to openly address Damon on Twitter.
Dear Matt Damon,
It’s the micro that makes the macro.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017
We are in a “culture of outrage” because the magnitude of rage is, in fact, overtly outrageous. And it is righteous.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017
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.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017
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.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017
There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017
Why can’t men seem to comprehend consequences? In his interview, it sounded like Damon wants us all boo-hoo over the lost careers of men who proved themselves to be trash. The thing is, if you aren’t a scumbag with how you treat other human beings, you probably don’t have to “fear” anyone coming for you.
Sorry your buddy Ben Affleck has been taken to task for his shitty behavior toward women, Matt Damon, but where do you get off appointing yourself judge and jury to the allegations of victims?
Milano has been a loud voice in the #MeToo movement, initially started by activist Tarana Burke. She ended her epic thread to Damon by demonstrating the effect of removing the “cancer” that is systemic sexual misconduct:
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— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017