Matt Damon Wants People to Talk About Men Who Aren't Sexual Predators and Gets Roasted on Twitter

Matt Damon wants people to talk about non-sexual harassers
Matt Damon arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Suburbicon" at the Village Theatre in Los Angeles on October 22. Kevin Winter/Getty

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked Hollywood in October, and the subsequent sexual misconduct reckoning in entertainment and politics that has implicated the likes of Matt Lauer and Roy Moore, Matt Damon really wants us to talk more about men who don't attack women. And, of course, that went down about as well as his last movie, The Great Wall, at the box office.

"We're in this watershed moment, and it's great, but I think one thing that's not being talked about is there are a whole shitload of guys—the preponderance of men I've worked with—who don't do this kind of thing and whose lives aren't going to be affected," the actor told Business Insider. "I don't do that, and most of the people I know don't do that."

Rose McGowan, one of the crusaders against Weinstein, called his comments "dense AF," which means "as fuck," and other Twitter users roundly mocked him.

Matt Damon is dense AF

— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) December 18, 2017

Me the day after a mass shooting:

You know what, we just aren’t talking enough about all the people not committing mass murder.

— Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura (@Rrrrnessa) December 18, 2017

Matt Damon is the Lena Dunham of men.

— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) December 19, 2017

Hi ladies, can we all just be quiet for second and stop chatting about our #metoo stories. Matt Damon wants us so to thank all the men who haven't assaulted us for not assaulting us.

— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) December 18, 2017

Someone who cares about Matt Damon should tell him to shut up.

— roxane gay (@rgay) December 19, 2017

BTW, one should not need or require applause for being a decent human being and not harassing or assaulting others, Matt Damon.

— Cher Martinetti (@thecherness) December 18, 2017

Damon already found himself ridiculed last week when he tried to separate the degrees of seriousness of sexual misconduct allegations. In an interview with ABC News's Peter Travers, he said: "I do believe that there's a spectrum of behavior, right? And we're going to have to figure—you know, there's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?"

The 47-year-old said that all these forms of misconduct need to be "confronted and eradicated," but he feels that "we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are." He explained that acts including rape and child molestation are "criminal behavior, and it needs to be dealt with that way," but suggested comedian Louis C.K. has "paid the price" after admitting to sexual impropriety.

Minnie Driver, Damon's former girlfriend and Good Will Hunting co-star, tweeted that the comments were "tone deaf."


— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) December 15, 2017

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) December 15, 2017

Charmed star Alyssa Milano also responded to Damon saying all types of sexual impropriety committed against women "hurt."

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) December 16, 2017

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) December 16, 2017

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

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017

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

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017