Hey Matt Damon, STFU!

Since you won’t excuse yourself from the narrative around sexual assault in Hollywood, we’re excusing you

Laura Hensley
Matt Damon in a dark jacket
(Photo: Getty)

Update on Dec. 17: After Matt Damon’s interview ABC aired, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted an essay dismantling many of Damon’s comments and claims. As a reminder, Milano has been vocal in the recent conversation around sexual assault after she encouraged other women to share their stories and experience on social media using activist Tarana Burke’s #MeToo in early October. 

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)

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)

Dear Matt Damon,

When the hell are you going to learn your lesson?

In a recent interview on ABC’s  you commented—again—about the widespread sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood and all the men who’ve fallen from their thrones. Your chat with host Peter Travers started out promising enough when you said “it’s great” that women “are feeling empowered” to tell their stories, but things got ugly real quick.

Responding to Travers’s question about how you, the superstar actor and father of daughters, are reacting to “the age of people charged with sexual misconduct” you said, “there’s a spectrum of behaviour,” then made some seriously messed-up statements.

You said: “There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” And then you explained: “Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.”

UM, WHAT THE ACTUAL F, DAMON. In Alyssa Milano’s Twitter essay, the actress addressed this outrageous comment directly.

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)

There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano)

Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault and violence is a systemic disease. The tumor is being cut out right now with no anesthesia. Please send flowers.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano)

Since your PR team didn’t lunge on set and smack duck tape across your mouth, you continued with your #wisewords:

“On this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? And that’s what needs to happen. OK? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else. That’s criminal behaviour, and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross.”

Yes, I’m sure the women who were allegedly sexually harassed—the behaviour you categorize as “shameful and gross”—by powerful men like  or  also see it as such. I’m also sure that the by your BFF Harvey Weinstein also think rape is a one-way ticket to “prison” , right? Do you even know how the U.S.

Matt Damon, you know there’s a difference between having a thought and having a thought worthy of being voiced, right?

— Steph Kent (@Stephanietely)

You see, despite thinking that your opinion is Very Important, your comments are not helpful—at all. Apart from being seriously harmful, your remarks also make you look like a misogynistic, idiotic, out-of-touch tool. This was once again highlighted when you started talking about disgraced comedian Louis C.K., who has .

“The Louis C.K. thing, I don’t know all the details. I don’t do deep dives on this, but I did see his statement, which kind of, which was arresting for me. When he came out and said, ‘I did this. I did these things. These women are all telling the truth.’ And I just remember thinking, ‘Well, that’s the sign of somebody who—well, we can work with that.'”

Gosh it’s so *interesting how men with all these opinions about women’s differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem( *profoundly unsurprising)

— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie)

There are so many things wrong with that entire bullshit line of thinking that I don’t even know where to start, but since you’re such a knob, I’ll try to break it down for you. First off, you say you don’t do “deep dives” on these things? YOU MEAN YOU DON’T READ THE NEWS?? That’s literally all you have to do, Damon. Pick up a copy of The New York Times or Washington Post and read more than a headline. They also have websites and apps if you’re more of a digital man. Ask one of your assistants to read the news to you if don’t like reading yourself (based on the way you conduct yourself in interviews that’s likely the case).

Second of all, Louis C.K. only said these things . He didn’t own up or when women told him to stop or when he was . He just kept whipping out his dick, over and over again, until his horrific actions were finally made public.

Naturally, you had more golden thoughts on the sitch:

“I don’t know Louis C.K.. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again… I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything that he—I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviours are.”

Forever @ Matt Damon.

— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann)

You also got into politics—because apparently you think you’re an expert on sexual assault in all workplaces now—and said that Al Franken, the U.S. Democratic Senator who has been , deserved to have an Ethics Committee investigation before he resigned. You also said that if one of your friends was accused of sexual assault (*cough*  and Casey Affleck), you’d “know the real story.”

Cool story, bro.

Some other of your winning comments include: “We live in this culture of outrage and injury,” “None of us came here perfect,” and “We’re so energized to kind of get retribution.” Have you been camping out in an underground bunker with Weinstein for the last two months???? HOW DO YOU THINK IT’S OK TO SAY THESE THINGS?!

Oh, and your advice to men who are accused of being sexual offenders? Deny, deny, deny!

“We’re in this moment where at the moment—and I hope it doesn’t stay this way—[where] the clear signal to men and to young people is, deny it. Because if you take responsibility for what you did, your life’s going to get ruined.”

Let me give you some free advice Damon: shut the f-ck up. Just stop talking and listen. Listen to the women who are brave enough to come forward and share their painful stories of sexual assault. Listen to your female colleagues, like , Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd, who have spoken out about widespread sexism and sexual assault in Hollywood. And for the love of god, also listen to LITERALLY ANY WOMAN who isn’t an A-list star who has experienced sexual harassment in her life. Ask women what they think of the shit you’ve been saying, and try to understand that you are part of the problem.

Because if you don’t stop making stupid comments, you’re adding noise to a conversation that doesn’t need to be derailed by you.

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