Matt Damon is backtracking on the comments he made recently regarding the sexual misconduct controversies in Hollywood. During an appearance on the Today Show, Matt said he wishes he would’ve “listened a lot more” before weighing in on all of the scandals.
Kathie Lee Gifford said to Matt that generally, he is a “good listener” but Matt said in response he wasn’t this time. During his last appearance on the Today Show, Matt defended the rights of men who hadn’t been accused of crimes.
He said we, as a society, are at a point where men who haven’t done anything wrong will be affected by the accusations of women and that was a shame. Additionally, Matt said there was a spectrum of abuse, and the appropriate punishment depending on the severity of damage should be dished out for each one.
Following his comments, many of his former co-stars and other women in Hollywood bashed Matt for his comments including Minnie Driver, Cher, Rose McGowan, along with Debra Messing.
Cher said Matt Damon was a “faux ally,” and that he was all about servicing his ego rather than defending the “oppressed and disenfranchised.”
As you may know, Matt’s comments come at a particularly sensitive time in the cultural landscape. Many women have come out with instances and stories of abuse especially toward men in power.
Not only has this movement hit Hollywood, but men in authoritative positions like in broadcasting, journalism, and the restaurant business are speaking out as well.
The cases to kickstart the wave of allegations was that of Harvey Weinstein and James Toback who have been accused of around 100 women and 200 women respectively.
The New York Times and The New Yorker were the first organizations to publish stories condemning and revealing the actions of Harvey Weinstein. The most recent men to suffer the consequences is James Franco who didn’t show up to the Critics Choice Awards to accept his award due to accusations made by his former students.