We are pleased to inform you that Matt Damon will stop talking now.
The Downsizing star has at last apologised for his dumb ass comments around sexual assault and #MeToo, acknowledging that the best thing for him to do right now is to shut the hell up.
“I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” he told NBC. “I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry.”
The actor recently made some incredibly unhelpful comments about the number sex pests being outed in Hollywood, for which he was rightfully dragged by everyone from Alyssa Milano to Good Will Hunting co-star and ex Minnie Driver.
Damon continued: “And Time’s Up – a lot of these women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change. But I should get in the backseat and close my mouth for a while.”
“A lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change … But I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.”
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) January 16, 2018
He had previously weighed in on Hollywood’s sex pest problem long enough to say that “There’s a difference between…patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
“Good god, SERIOUSLY,” Driver tweeted in response. “There are so many men I love who do NOT frame the differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape as an excuse – or worse, our problem.”
In light of this new, Woke Lite™ Damon, we’d like to extend a big welcome back to Matt Damon’s publicist.Image: Getty Images / Christopher Polk