Alyssa Milano, an American actress, has struck back at the comments of actor Matt Damon regarding sexual misconduct in Hollywood following an interview that was recently published, where he said that there exists a spectrum of behaviour that shouldn’t be conflated.
The 47-year-old had made those remarks during an interview with ABC News that was published on Thursday.
Addressing the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a movie mogul, Damon told Peter Travers, the interviewer, that he knew that he would not want Weinstein to be married to anyone that is close to him.
Commenting on the sexual misconduct in Hollywood, Damon said that he thought that it was “wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories, and it’s totally necessary.”
Damon, however, stated: “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? Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
Damon added that people were “so energised to kind of get retribution.” He also said that “we live in this culture of outrage and injury” that must be corrected.
On Saturday, in a series of post on Twitter, Milano angrily responded to the comments on Damon.
Milano tweeted: “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.”
Milano added that she has personally “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 normalised, accepted – even welcomed – misogyny,” wrote Milano. “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.”
She went on to compare it with the different stages of cancer, some of which she stated is “more treatable than others, but it’s still cancer.”
“Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault, and violence is a systemic disease. The tumour is being cut out right now with no anaesthesia. Please send flowers. #MeToo,” she wrote.
In October, the actress had informed Good Morning America that she had been harassed sexually “more times than I can count,” even though she stated then that she was unsure if she would ever publicly share her own story.
The remarks of Damon also drew a response from Minnie Driver, his former co-star.
Driver tweeted: “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).”