Where is Ron Burgundy when we need him?
Someone has to tell Matt Damon that he needs to take a timeout and not talk for awhile.
On the heels of a reputation-damaging into with ABC News, in which Damon largely brushed off the ongoing issue of sexual harassment in Hollywood, the actor spoke to Business Insider on Monday.
And he once again shoved his pompous foot deeply into his misguided mouth.
“We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great," Damon said of how predators and sexist miscreants such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Louis CK and Charlie Rose are being exposed on a near-daily basis.
Did the star just leave it at that, however?
Of course not. He felt the need to defend innocent men for some reason, saying on record:
"I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole shitload of guys - the preponderance of men I’ve worked with - who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected.”
It's the lives of whose who will NOT be affected that we really need to be discussing right now.
Forget the endless array of women whose personal and professional lives have been shattered by the actions of some really gross individuals.
What about the good guys, people?!?
"If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don’t care, I’ll sign it. I would have signed it before. I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that.”
That's fine. That's great. No one has accused you of anything, dude.
Except now for being a pompous, insensitive know-it-all who keeps missing the entire point of the #MeToo movement.
In response to his latest comments, stars such as Debra Messing, Rose McGowan and Cher have taken to Twitter in order to tear Damon a new one.
"Matt Damon- SERIOUSLY? You are a smart man. A privileged, white man,” the Will & Grace actress wrote on Monday.
“This is NOT the time to ask for a pat on the back. How about we NOT celebrate men who are simply decent human beings. Stay on track, Matt.
"It’s not about you.”
“Matt Damon is the epitome of a faux ally whose performative wokeness is more about servicing his own ego than the needs of the oppressed & disenfranchised."
And McGowan, who has asserted for years that she was a rape victim of Weinstein's:
"Matt Damon is dense AF."
Late last week, Damon got into trouble for remarks he made to Peter Travers.
“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon said in that interview, pointing out the obvious for no reason and adding:
“Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?"
No one has conflated these actions.
But women everywhere have tried to explain, as Alyssa Milano did so eloquently on Twitter in response to Damon, that the "micro" can lead to the "macro."
There's clearly a widespread disrespect of women going on in Hollywood and it's one that needs to be addressed on every level.
"We are so energized to kind of get retribution," Damon also said last week.
"We live in this culture of outrage and injury... and we're going to have to correct enough to kind of go, 'Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.'"
Are social media users sometimes too focused on outrage and on trolling anyone with whom they disagree? Sure.
Is that what's happening amidst what Damon himself refers to as a "watershed moment" in entertainment? No. Not even a little bit.
We'll let Milano explain what Damon continues to miss...
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.