During an ABC News interview in December 2017, actor Matt Damon pointed out that sexual misconduct comprises "a spectrum of behaviour," and made the radical observation that there is "a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation," reported Marie Claire.
Since then, the Jason Bourne star has apologised for his comments about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. “I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” Damon expressed during an interview on TODAY. “I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry.
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He added, “A lot of those women are my dear friends - I love them and respect them, and support what they’re doing. I want to be a part of that change but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.”
While he acknowledged that both types of behaviour "need to be confronted and eradicated without question, they shouldn't be conflated."
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In a separate interview with Business Insider, Damon also noted "one thing that's not being talked about is there are many 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," indicating that the focus should actually be on celebrating the brave men who manage not to sexually abuse women. How absurd?
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