Petition To Cut Matt Damon From Feminist 'Oceans 8' Racking Up Signatures

Star faces blowback over comments on sexual harassment, relationship with Harvey Weinstein.

The blowback against "Borne Identity" star Matt Damon over his recent comments on sexual harassment and his longtime working relationship with Harvey Weinstein is picking up steam. Not only has Damon's "Good Will Hunting" co-star now publicly undressed him over his sexual harassment "spectrum" comments, a petition calling for Damon's removal from the newly-announced feminist "Oceans 8" has racked up thousands of signatures.

"The all-female reboot of Oceans 8 was supposed to be an empowering film for women. The movie spotlight the talents of its tremendous female cast and showcase the savvy and prowess of its characters" reads the Care2 Petition, titled "Sexual Harassment Isn't a Joke - Remove Matt Damon from Oceans 8," which has already garnered over 18,000 signatures.

"But that was before allegations that Matt Damon — who has a well-publicized cameo in Oceans 8 — not only ignored but enabled his friend Harvey Weinstein's inappropriate behavior by trying 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 petition states.

"Damon also recently gave an interview where said he'd still work [with] people who had been accused of sexual misconduct, on a 'case-by-case" basis,'" it continues, referencing Damon's much-maligned interview with Peter Travers. "This behavior is beyond enabling — it's just gross. Matt Damon should not be in this movie."

When the allegations against megaproducer Harvey Weinstein first came to light, Damon was quickly singled out for his longtime working relationship with Weinstein. Damon has denied knowledge of Weinstein's alleged predatory behavior, despite it being an "open secret" in Hollywood and Damon's friend Gwyneth Paltrow being one of his alleged victims. Damon has admitted only that he knew Weinstein was a "womanizer."

Damon has since publicly addressed the #MeToo movement, and it hasn't gone over well. Speaking with Travers, Damon attempted to distinguish between sexual misconduct that he could "work with" versus that which is truly reprehensible.

"I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior, 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 behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?" said Damon. "And we live in this culture of outrage and injury, and, you know, that we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, 'Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.'"

In the interview, Damon partly defended Democrat Sen. Al Franken and admitted sexual abuser Louis C.K.

Among several other prominent women, actress Minnie Driver blasted her former co-star for the comments.

"Gosh it’s so interesting (profoundly unsurprising) 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," said Driver.

In an interview with The Guardian on Sunday, Driver added, "I don't understand why Matt would defend Louis C.K. It seems to me that he thinks that because he didn’t rape somebody – so far as we know – that what he did do wasn't as bad. That’s a problem. If good men like Matt Damon are thinking like that then we're in a lot of f***ing trouble. We need good intelligent men to say this is all bad across the board, condemn it all and start again."

In case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer for "Ocean's 8":

Below is the full text of the petition:

The all-female reboot of Oceans 8 was supposed to be an empowering film for women. The movie spotlight the talents of its tremendous female cast and showcase the savvy and prowess of its characters.

But that was before allegations that Matt Damon — who has a well-publicized cameo in Oceans 8 — not only ignored but enabled his friend Harvey Weinstein's inappropriate behavior by trying 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.

Damon also recently gave an interview where said he'd still work people who had been accused of sexual misconduct, on a "case-by-case" basis. This behavior is beyond enabling — it's just gross. Matt Damon should not be in this movie.

Damon's inclusion would trivialize the serious nature of the charges against sexual abusers like Weinstein — a show massive disrespect for the brave women speaking out. It would also send a terrible message about the inevitability of — and lack of accountability for — sexual harassment in the workplace that four in ten American women experience.

I'm calling on Oceans 8 producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh to toss Damon's Oceans 8 cameo where it belongs: on the cutting room floor. Will you join me?

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