Matt Damon’s position regarding sexual harassment in Hollywood has triggered his critics to post a petition calling for his “well-publicized cameo” appearance to be cut from the film, “Ocean’s 8.”
The film, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and other notable female actresses, was “supposed to be an empowering film for women,” according to the petition, which alleges that Damon “not only ignored but enabled his friend Harvey Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior.”
The petition also claims that Damon attempted to “squash a New York Times report in 2004 that detailed instances where Weinstein had used his position as a high-powered studio executive to harass and even assault women,” the Agence France-Presse reported.
Damon denied trying to halt the publication of the story and claimed that he was unaware of the allegations against Weinstein, who was instrumental in Damon’s rise to stardom.
Damon was also criticized for comments he made last week in which he contended that there was a “spectrum of behavior” and a “difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?”
The petition against Damon asserts that his inclusion in “Ocean’s 8” would “trivialize the serious nature of the charges against sexual abusers like Weinstein — a show of massive disrespect for the brave women speaking out.”
The petition implores the producers of “Ocean’s 8,” George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, to leave Damon’s cameo “on the cutting room floor.”
Currently, the petition has garnered more than 18,000 signatures.
Damon’s longtime pal, Ben Affleck, with whom he shared an Oscar for best screenplay for 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” and Affleck’s brother, actor Casey Affleck, have also been accused of sexual misconduct in recent months.
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