‘Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault and violence is a systemic disease. The tumour is being cut out right now with no anaesthesia. Please send flowers.’
The past two months have seen Hollywood consumed by sexual harassment and assault allegations, with a huge amount of women coming forward to accuse Hollywood heavy weights from Harvey Weinstein to Dustin Hoffman.
Another high profile figure to be accused of sexual misconduct is comedian Louis C.K – accused by five women. He was brought up in a recent ABC News interview with Hollywood actor Matt Damon while talking about the #MeToo movement and it’s safe to say that Damon’s controversial comments didn’t go down so well.
‘I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behaviour, 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,’ the actor explained. ‘Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?’
He continued: ’I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean? 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.’
His comments have not gone down well, with actress Alyssa Milano taking it upon herself to explain rape culture to the 47-year-old Academy award winner.
‘Dear Matt Damon,’ the actress posted to her Twitter feed. ‘It’s the micro that makes the macro. We are in a “culture of outrage” because the magnitude of rage is, in fact, overtly outrageous. And it is righteous.
‘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.”
She continued: ‘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. Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault and violence is a systemic disease. The tumour is being cut out right now with no anaesthesia. Please send flowers. #MeToo.’
Soon to follow suit was Hollywood actress and Matt’s ex-girlfriend, Minnie Driver, who took to her Twitter account to post, ‘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)’.