Alyssa Milano roasts Matt Damon about his sexual harassment comments
The great deluge of sexual harassment allegations that have come to light of late have continued to dominate headlines, and the public consciousness. And it's something that shows no sign of slowing down.
Only yesterday, actress Alyssa Milano felt compelled to pen an open letter to address Matt Damon's highly controversial comments about the recent scandals surrounding sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry.
The 47-year-old actor was promoting his upcoming moving, Downsizing, on the talkshow, Popcorn with Peter Travers, when he decided to voice his opinion on what he brands the "culture of outrage" that surrounds sexual misconduct. He said:
"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, right?"
Things took a decided U-turn, however, when Damon defended the disgraced comedian Louis CK, who has been accused of masturbating in front of several non-consenting women. The Martian actor asserted:
"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 don’t know Louis C.K. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but 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."
Naturally women everywhere were astounded by Damon's defence of Louis CK, whose sexual deviances had been covered up for years. Alyssa Milano, however, was more than ready to step in to school the actor on why it is never ok to protect the accused, and subsequently silence their victims.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote:
"Dear Matt Damon, 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."
"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."
"There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer. 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."
And naturally, the internet was very much there for Alyssa's poignant and eloquent response.
One Twitter user wrote, "Every single word of this. Women's bodies have been treated as communal property for men to be used as they desire. No f***ing more," while another cogently surmised, "For every sexual harasser losing his career there are multiple women who have had their careers upset, stalled, or ruined by that harasser."
Well, we can only hope that by having his ignorance exposed by a fellow celebrity, Matt Damon has realised the implications of his words.