Matt Damon talked about the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood. To him, there’s a difference between Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken and we should thus treat them differently. To plenty of people on the Internet, that once again was a way of making certain women feel like they should “get over” their abuse.
- Alyssa Milano seemed to take issue with Damon downplaying women’s responses by calling it the “culture of outrage.” “We are not outraged because someone grabbed our asses in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal,” the actress writes. “We are outraged because we have been gaslighted. We are outraged because we were silenced for so long.” “There are different stages of cancer,” Milano adds. “Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.”
- Minnie Driver, who co-starred with Damon in “Good Will Hunting” and ended up dating him after filming wrapped, also slammed his response. “I’ve realized that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level,” she explains. “I honestly think that until we get on the same page, you can’t tell a woman about their abuse. A man cannot do that. No one can. It is so individual and so personal, it’s galling when a powerful man steps up and starts dictating the terms, whether he intends it or not.”