“Ocean’s eight” may have one much less well-known face if petitioners have their means.
An internet petition to take away Matt Damon from the female-centered “Ocean’s eight” after his controversial feedback about sexual harassment and assault within the business has reached greater than 18,000 signatures — simply shy of its” objective” of 19,000.
“Damon’s inclusion would trivialize the intense nature of the fees in opposition to sexual abusers like Weinstein — a present huge disrespect for the courageous girls talking out. It will additionally ship a horrible message concerning the inevitability of — and lack of accountability for — sexual harassment within the office that 4 in ten American girls expertise,” the petition learn.
Damon confronted critical criticism after an interview with ABC Information the place he proved he doesn’t perceive the #MeToo motion.
The “Jason Bourne” star defended Louis C.Ok. and tried to say that some harassment is worse than different harassment.
“There is a distinction between, you already know, patting somebody on the butt and rape or little one molestation, proper?” Damon mentioned in a brand new interview with ABC Information’ Peter Travers. “Each of these behaviors should be confronted and eradicated with out query, however they should not be conflated, proper?” the 47-year-old mentioned within the interview, which was shortly condemned as tone-deat.
The put his foot additional in his mouth, Damon gave one other interview to Enterprise Insider the place he mentioned he would work with accused harassers relying on the story. He labored with Harvey Weinstein previously, together with his breakout film “Good Will Searching” with pal Ben Affleck.
“I imply, I would not wish to work with any person who — life’s too brief for that,” he advised Enterprise Insider. “However the query of if any person had allegations in opposition to them, you already know, it might be a case-by-case foundation. You go, ‘What is the story right here?’”
“Ocean’s eight” is a spin-off to “the “Ocean’s 11” franchise, which starred Damon.
The brand new flick options Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling.
Damon’s cameo within the upcoming movie, due out in June, has been extremely publicized.