Matt Damon could be removed from ‘Ocean’s 8’ — that is, if petitioners get their way.
An online petition to remove Matt Damon from the female-centered film following his controversial comments about sexual harassment and assault in the industry has reached more than 22,000 signatures — with a current ‘goal’ of 25,000.
“Damon’s inclusion would trivialize the serious nature of the charges against sexual abusers like Weinstein — a show massive disrespect for the brave women speaking out. It would also send a terrible message about the inevitability of — and lack of accountability for — sexual harassment in the workplace that four in ten American women experience,” the petition read.
Damon faced serious criticism after an interview with ABC News in which he proved he does not understand the #MeToo movement.
The “Jason Bourne” star defended Louis C.K. and tried to say that some harassment is worse than other harassment.
“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon said in a new interview with ABC News’ Peter Travers. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” the 47-year-old said in the interview, which was quickly condemned as tone-deaf.
The actor further put his foot in his mouth when hegave another interview to Business Insider in which he said he would work with accused harassers depending on the story. He worked with Harvey Weinstein in the past, including on his breakout movie “Good Will Hunting” with pal Ben Affleck.
“I mean, I wouldn’t want to work with somebody who — life’s too short for that,” he told Business Insider. “But the question of if somebody had allegations against them, you know, it would be a case-by-case basis. You go, ‘What’s the story here?’”
Do you think his comments warrant him being cut from the film?