Matt Damon promises to zip it about the #MeToo movement after backlash

Matt Damon was at the receiving end of major flak after his obtuse comments on sexual harassment went viral

Matt Damon has gone into damage control mode after his tone-deaf statements on the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns led to immense backlash. In an interview, Damon said he should have listened and ‘weighed in’ more on the issue, before making statements.

The Downsizing star addressed the issue of sexual harassment in an interview with ABC News, and the results of the conversation show how insensitive he was towards the whole issue. While saying that men should not be judged on a ‘spectrum’, Matt Damon had said,

“You know, there’s a difference between, you now, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” he said. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

Damon’s comments on the issue earned him flak from all quarters. This is how many celebrities on Twitter reacted:

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After the outrage, Damon seems to have learned from his mistake. In the recent interview, Damon said,

  “I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry. A lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change … But I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.”

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Here’s hoping the next time any actor wishes to talk about sexual harassment, they do so with a little more sensitivity.

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