Remember when Matt Damon was charming?
Back in the late 80's and early 90's, Damon had only two substantial films under his belt, Mystic Pizza, and Courage Under Fire (for which he lost 40 pounds). While Damon was critically well received, he wasn't a box office draw yet. Then came Goodwill Hunting, the screenplay that he wrote with BFF Ben Affleck. Goodwill Hunting was both a critical and box office smash, netting Damon and Affleck 10 Academy Awards nominations and two wins (one for best screenplay).
It’s unfortunate that Matt went on Oprah. It seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate. Of course, he was busy declaring his love for me on David Letterman a month previously.
I think we’re in this watershed moment. I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories, and it’s totally necessary … 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? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?
And we live in this culture of outrage and injury, and, you know, that we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, “Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect." … The Louis C.K. thing, I don’t know all the details. I don’t do deep dives on this, but I did see his statement, which kind of, which [was] arresting to me. When he came out and said, “I did this. I did these things. These women are all telling the truth." And I just remember thinking, “Well, that’s the sign of somebody who — well, we can work with that"
I have been a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak. They all hurt. And they a… https://t.co/vp8H7cAjPW— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1513387354.0
I felt I desperately needed to say something. I’ve realised that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off in their ability to understand. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level... 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.
We are not outraged because someone grabbed our asses in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel th… https://t.co/uI7FkyLF8p— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1513387386.0
There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1513387427.0
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. Put abuse in there … that all abuse is equal but some is worse... There is no hierarchy of abuse – that if a woman is raped [it] is much worse than if woman has a penis exposed to her that she didn’t want or ask for … you cannot tell those women that one is supposed to feel worse than the other... And it certainly can’t be prescribed by a man. The idea of tone deafness is the idea there [is] no equivalency.Right?!
Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault and violence is a systemic disease. The tumor is being cut out right now wit… https://t.co/oWDRzmRYbb— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1513387608.0