Matt Damon and Feminist Ire

Matt Damon has always come across to me as a sanctimonious arse, but I have some sympathy with him here:

Matt Damon has been criticised as “tone deaf” for his recent comments about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

The actor and writer is facing a backlash on social media for saying people should be paying more attention to men who are not sexual predators.

In an interview for Business Insider on Monday, Damon said men not involved in sexual misconduct in Hollywood are not gaining attention.

“We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great, but I think one thing that’s not being talked about is… the preponderance of men I’ve worked with who don’t do this kind of thing,” he said during an interview while promoting his new film Downsizing.

It’s a pretty bone-headed choice of words but this is what happens when actors try forming their own sentences instead of reading someone else’s. Personally I reckon Matt Damon was most accurately portrayed in Team America: World Police:

What I think he was trying to say was that not all men in Hollywood are engaged in sexual abuse, and his comments should be taken in the context of an environment in which certain women believe that all men, by definition, are rapists. To be fair to these certain women, by which I mean deranged feminists, I can see where they are coming from: if I’d put men’s politics and platitudes before their character and subsequently found myself surrounded by low-grade scumbags while decent men kept two postcodes away, I’d probably feel the same way too. But if women are free to declare that all men are rapists, I don’t see why Matt Damon can’t point out they aren’t. Only he would have been better getting his agent or someone to write the words on a piece of paper first.

This, however, is spot on:

Last week in an interview with ABC News Damon said groping and rape were two different things and shouldn’t be treated the same.

“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon told ABC’S ‘Popcorn’ with Peter Travers

“Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

This is simply common sense, but this is the last thing feminists want injected into the debate:

Both sets of remarks drew criticism from other actresses, including from his Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver – who said Damon was among those to be “utterly tone deaf” on the topic

Who? Oh yes, Minnie Driver, whose career tanked after Good Will Hunting while Damon’s soared. Is she a little bitter, do you think? Perhaps she’s still over in Stanford waiting for him to show up? Meanwhile, here’s Alyssa Milano who, I think, starred as Arnie’s daughter in Commando:

A burn from a kettle hurts. So does getting shot. That doesn’t mean we should conflate kettle-burns with shootings. Okay, I get she think’s they’re connected but:

Which might be why Damon said:

“Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

Actresses are not the sharpest knives in the drawer at the best of times, nor are third-wave feminists. But actresses engaged in third-wave feminism are so dim they make Matt Damon look like the smart one.

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11 thoughts on “Matt Damon and Feminist Ire

  1. Rose McGowan in particular is coming across as the unhinged bunny boiler you were always warned about, but pooh-poohed as an urban myth.

  2. “We are outraged because we have been gaslighted”: hang on. Is there an allusion there to gas ovens and furnaces? Shouldn’t she consider the sensitivities of barking mad feminists who happen to be Jewish?

  3. Gaslighting: “A form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making them doubt their own memory and perception” (taken from Wikipedia).

    From the old play/film Gas Light.

  4. Hector, are you maybe being a wee bit literal?

    “A joke is a display of humour in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and is not meant to be taken seriously.” (taken from Wikipedia).

  5. The treatment of him in the press has been winding me up all week. There has been way, WAY too much publicity about the almost indiscernible speck of actual controversial content in what he said.

    Minnie Driver also said:
    “I felt that what Matt Damon was saying was an Orwellian idea, we are all equal except that some us are more equal than others”
    There’s a lot about these exchanges, and the publicity around them, that I’d describe as Orwellian, but Matt Damon remaining free to share some (poorly formed at worst) thoughts in an interview is not one of them.

  6. This “conflation” of violent sexual attack and the mildest sexual pestering is absolutely essential for many feminists. They get very angry if it is challenged. The same applies to rape itself; the thought cannot be even entertained that some rapes are more serious or deserving of severe punishment than others. I had a female friend (now dead) who was raped by two men (slight acquaintances) who used extremely cruel and gratuitous sexual violence upon her, and then returned on the anniversary of the rape to repeat the performance. They were caught and jailed for 14 and 12 years. I think most rapes ought to be punished with this sort of stretch, with these two characters getting twenty plus years. I’ve found that lots of feminists (and male sympathisers) agree with me on that. But if you suggest that other rapes (eg., within marriage, no violence used, penitence on the part of the rapist, etc.) should receive anything less, then you can expect a strong reaction…

  7. Alyssa Milano:
    “We are outraged because we were silenced for so long.”

    She’s a Hollywood actress. She has more publicity mechanisms at her means than anyone on the entire planet. Who was she silenced by, her friend, Harvey Weinstein’s wife? How can these people be so hypocritical as to turn around and point the finger at everybody else?

  8. The Manc
    She’s a Hollywood actress

    Not a very good one. Looking at her imbd record since Who’s the Boss she is reduced to bit parts and what I call Thursday afternoon women’s telly programmes. Not exactly ripping it up at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  9. Minnie Driver, whose career tanked after Good Will Hunting while Damon’s soared. Is she a little bitter, do you think?

    Minnie Driver’s not doing so well, either. She went from playing the DUFF, to disturbingly anorexic, to looking like jerky. I expect she’s got a fair number of her own buried issues.

  10. >“A joke is a display of humour in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and is not meant to be taken seriously.” (taken from Wikipedia).

    “Well fuck me with a rubber plunger, he said” (taken from Wikipedia entry, Fuck Me With a Rubber Plunger).

  11. The Manc

    “She’s a Hollywood actress. She has more publicity mechanisms at her means than anyone on the entire planet. Who was she silenced by, her friend, Harvey Weinstein’s wife? How can these people be so hypocritical as to turn around and point the finger at everybody else?”

    These are the sounds made by Hollywood actresses hitting The Wall.

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