In a recent interview, Matt Damon made remarks about sexual harassment which were seen by many as insensitive. As a result, a petition has been launched to dump him from an upcoming movie. The petition is going viral, too. This is not good news for the liberal actor.
Yahoo News reports:
Petition to dump Damon from ‘Oceans 8’ gathers pace
Oscar-winner Matt Damon has alienated friends with remarks over the sexual misconduct firestorm blazing through Hollywood, but enough to become the next male star on the cutting room floor?
An online petition demanding the dumping of his cameo in 2018 heist movie “Ocean’s 8” has nearly reached its goal of 17,000 signatures — signed by more than 16,620 supporters by late afternoon New York time Thursday.
Critics say his inclusion would be particularly galling given its status as an all female reboot of the popular franchise, starring Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.
The petition calls on “Oceans 8” producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, “to toss Damon’s Oceans 8 cameo where it belongs: on the cutting room floor.”
It alleges that he “enabled” Harvey Weinstein’s conduct by trying to squash a New York Times report in 2004 that detailed instances where the now fallen Hollywood mogul exploited his status as a studio executive to harass and assault women.
Damon denied trying to bury the story and claimed he had no idea of the allegations against Weinstein, who helped catapult him into an international household name.
The actor also came under fire last week, for telling ABC News that there was a “spectrum of behavior” and a “difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?”
Will Matt Damon step down voluntarily? The producers will probably be worried about the project’s bottom line over the negative publicity.