After writing via Twitter her shock over Matt Damon’s controversial sexual misconduct comments, actress Minnie Driver spoke out against her ex-boyfriend and former Good Will Hunting co-star in an interview with the Guardian.
On Thursday, December 14, in an interview with ABC News’ film critic Peter Travers, Damon shared his views regarding the flood of sexual misconduct allegations, “I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior. 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?”
The Oscar winner also commended comedian Louis CK for his public apology. “That’s the sign of somebody who—well, we can work with that…I don’t know Louis CK. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean? I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything.”
Right after the Travers interview, Driver took to Twitter on Friday and wrote, “God God, SERIOUSLY?” with a tweet quoting the article about Damon’s latest interview.
Over the weekend, Driver went further about her feelings over her ex’s comments in an interview with the Guardian, “I don’t understand why Matt would defend Louis CK…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.”
Driver also told the publication, “How about: it’s all f–king wrong and it’s all bad, and until you start seeing it under one umbrella it’s not your job to compartmentalize or judge what is worse and what is not.”
“Let women do the speaking up right now. The time right now is for men just to listen and not have an opinion about it for once,” said the “Speechless” star. “I honestly think that until we get on the same page, you can’t tell a woman about their abuse,” she said. “A man cannot do that. No one can. It is so individual and so personal, it’s galling when a powerful man steps up and starts dictating the terms, whether he intends it or not.”
“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),” added the star.
Driver also talked about the difference in perceptions when it comes to sexual abuse, “I’ve realized that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level.”
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