Alyssa Milano has penned an open letter to Matt Damon, who has come under fire recently after giving his opinion on sexual misconduct.
Damon was speaking during an edition of ‘Popcorn with Peter Travers’ on ABC News on December 12 when he shared his views about the recent wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations in Hollywood, as well as seemingly defending Louis CK, who has been accused of masturbating in front of female comedians.
The actor said he thought it was “wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and it’s totally necessary”, but went on to say that there’s a “spectrum” of inappropriate behaviour: “There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?”
Damon was heavily criticised for his comments, and now Alyssa Milano has weighed in.
The ‘Charmed’ actress – who started the #MeToo Twitter hashtag, which resulted in thousands of women across the world sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and assault – penned an open letter to Damon, via a Twitter thread.
Dear Matt Damon,
It’s the micro that makes the macro.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017
“Dear Matt Damon, it’s the micro that makes the macro,” Milano wrote.
“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.”
Minnie Driver – who briefly dated Matt Damon back in 1997 – also voiced her outrage, tweeting a link to an article featuring Damon’s comments with the caption: “God god, seriously?!” (sic).
Gosh it’s so *interesting how men with all these opinions about women’s differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem( *profoundly unsurprising)
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) December 15, 2017
It’s not the first time Damon has addressed sexual assault allegations. Speaking about the Weinstein scandal in October, he described the shamed Hollywood mogul as an “asshole” and confirmed that he knew of Gwyneth Paltrow’s accusations about Weinstein.”