While appearing on Popcorn with Peter Travers on Wednesday, Damon suggested all sexual misconduct allegations shouldn’t be treated with the same ferocity. Damon made the statement while referencing the harassment and assault allegations that have recently been made against Hollywood heavy hitters like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K, as well as Senator Al Franken.
“I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and it’s totally necessary,” Damon said. “I do believe there’s a spectrum of behavior… You know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.”
“We see somebody like Al Franken, right? I personally would have preferred if they had an ethics committee investigation, you know what I mean?” he continued. “It’s like at what point—you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think.”
This may be a “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” sort of moment. Actresses are lighting Twitter ablaze with how wrong Damon is but about what I’m still unclear. It’s almost like he’s stepped into their spotlight because they are having none of it, whatever it is.
Surely the idea that there are different levels of sexual misconduct can’t be a controversial idea, can it? If Damon is thinking, “What the hell?” he’s not alone.