This story’s about Matt Damon, so if you’ll allow me the indulgence…
It’s been entertaining watching the douchiest of the douchey in Hollywood make excuses in our new post-Weinstein America. Matt Damon may have set a new gold standard with this interview. You see, rape is of course bad. But all these other things? They’re bad. But, they’re not rape bad.
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 behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
Matty’s right. They shouldn’t be conflated…from a legal standpoint. Rape is a serious offense. Smackin’ dat ass is not. That one gets you slapped. Rape lands you in prison. The place where the raper becomes the raped.
But, while the two aren’t legally the same, PR wise? Different story. You’ll have to excuse our lack of sympathy when celeb ass-smackers’ famous-person cards are revoked.
Damon’s remarks didn’t end there. He also brought up Louis C.K.
When he came out and said, “I did this. I did these things. These women are all telling the truth.” And I just remember thinking, “Well, that’s the sign of somebody who — well, we can work with that” … Like, when I’m raising my kids, this constant personal responsibility is as important as anything else they learn before they go off in the world.
If Louis C.K. is the example for your kids about personal responsibility, I can imagine discipline in the Damon house now.
Papa Damon: Son, did you really pull your pud in front of the JV cheerleaders?
Matt Jr.: Yeah… But I took full responsibility for it!
Papa Damon: I’m proud of you son. Give your old man a high five.
Matt Jr.: Could you pass the Purell and a paper towel first?
This just goes to show how off Hollywood’s moral compass is. Anything is permissible, so long as you feel really bad about it afterwards. Maybe Matt should take a page out of Affleck’s book, and stop talking for a little bit. He’s not doing himself any favors.