World: Matt Damon couldn’t possibly say anything worse, Matt Damon: Hold my beer
Matt Damon was promoting his new movie ‘Downsizing’ last week on ABC News, when Peter Travers asked him about all the sexual misconduct allegations surfacing in Hollywood. Matt Damon began speaking on the issue. And speaking on it. And speaking on it.
The interview was a train wreck. Damon seemed less concerned with all of the women who’ve been routinely abused and silenced, and more concerned with explaining away actions he doesn’t feel are as grave as rape and assault. He seems to think Al Franken just made a “terrible joke” all eight times he was accused of harassing women. He also seemed very impressed with Louis C.K.’s apology (for routinely disrobing and masturbating in front of colleagues), going so far as to say he hoped he raised kids with that kind of “personal responsibility.”
Oh, he also said this: “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.”
You’d think his PR agent or any of the people who love him would’ve reached out after that disaster interview and said, “Dude. Just shut up. Seriously.” Clearly, no one did. He gave another interview with Business Insider, where he doubled-down on his “NOT ALL MEN” stance.
“I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole s—load 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. “I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that.”
Why would we be talking about all the men “who don’t do this kind of thing?” There is a basic expectancy of decency; not raping people, not sexually harassing people, and generally not being awful fall into that expectation. You just don’t get rewarded for NOT doing those things. That’s not how society works. If I go to the grocery store and manage to make it through my trip without kicking a baby, no one throws me a ticker tape parade. I’m just expected to not kick babies.
If Damon is waiting for some kind of trophy for not harassing women, he’s going to be waiting a long time.
He also said he’d consider working with men accused of harassment. “I mean, I wouldn’t want to work with somebody who— life’s too short for that,” he said. “But the question of if somebody had allegations against them, you know, it would be a case-by-case basis. You go, ‘What’s the story here?’”
Ah, yes. The ever popular “court of Matt Damon’s opinion.”
Twitter cannot believe the man could shove his foot any further into his mouth:
Hi ladies, can we all just be quiet for second and stop chatting about our #metoo stories. Matt Damon wants us so to thank all the men who haven't assaulted us for not assaulting us. pic.twitter.com/wlN1SNsXQq— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) December 18, 2017
imagine being Matt Damon and thinking "I should keep talking" https://t.co/lSEIyDsvE4
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) December 18, 2017
Me: Oh my god, someone broke all of my dishes!
Matt Damon, crashing thru door: You should talk about people who don't break dishes.
— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) December 18, 2017
The reason Matt Damon is still talking, is that as a society we just teach white cis men that their opinions are important — even on things they know nothing about. He clearly hasn’t routinely been silenced or had his talent questioned. He hasn’t experienced the culture of harassment and fear women have, so he doesn’t believe it exists. Aside from the predators themselves, he’s the next dangerous type of man; the one who refuses to see what’s wrong, and ultimately allows these environments to exist.