Many women have fired back at Matt Damon after he implied that not all sexual misconduct is created equal.
Actress Alyssa Milano came out to denounce the Oscar-winning actor’s comments and now, his ex, Minnie Driver, is doing the same.
Matt Damon and Minnie Driver met on the set of Good Will Hunting and dated for a while in 1997 when the film was released. After coming forward regarding her own harrowing experience of being sexually assaulted following the infamous Access Hollywood tape that revealed President Trump bragging about such things, Driver was not going to stay silent when she heard Damon’s comments.
Driver said that many men, men like Damon especially, “simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level.” That women often have to deal with and fight off daily, and sometimes seemingly innocent, advancements of men can be something that they can’t even conceptualize.
Damon made comments stating that these sexual misconduct allegations that are constantly coming out regarding extremely powerful men take place as a “spectrum of behavior.” Damon believed that a pat on the behind versus physically and sexually violating someone are very different things and should be treated as such.
Driver responded by saying that it’s incredibly unsurprising how men have these opinions about the horrific experiences of women and attempt to categorize them as such, incorrectly and inarticulately. The conflation that Damon is talking about is because one act, and the safety that is given to a powerful man to display such an act, is what then leads to the complete and total violent entitlement of women’s bodies.
Driver was saddened and appalled that Damon would be so tone-deaf and lacking in his ability to understand that one leads to the other when it comes to sexual assault. When men think that they have any type of unwanted and nonconsensual access to a woman’s body, whether they’re unassuming and sweet about it or calculating and cruel, doesn’t change the ubiquitous and horrendous nature of it.
As Alyssa Milano said so well: “There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.”