Matt Damon’s recent comments proclaiming varying degrees of sexual misconduct should be treated differently were met with a loud roar of disapproval, however Fox News host Tucker Carlson came to his defense.
In Carlson’s Friday night opening monologue for ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ the anchor hailed the outrage aimed at Damon as ‘terrifying’ while adding ‘this is where reason dies.’
‘There’s not a single sentiment in that entire paragraph that’s not defensible or that 90 percent of the American population would find over the top or outrageous,’ Carlson said, referring to the actor’s recent comments. ‘It’s all within bounds, or it would have been last year.’
Controversy: Matt Damon’s controversial comments about sexual abuse in Hollywood caused an uproar, however Fox News host Tucker Carlson (right) came to his defense
Damon’s sense of nuance on the question of the sexual misconduct scandals first drew backlash when he said in an interview, ‘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.’
‘Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated,’ he added.
‘We live in this culture of outrage and injury,’ the actor continued to say. ‘You know, that we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.’
Tucker is a unlikely champion of celebrities with vociferous opinions, as he frequently maligns them for speaking out on the political events of the day. However, he says Damon is being unjustly vilified.
‘Because a handful of Twitter users don’t like it, the rest of us have to pretend that Matt Damon is somehow guilty of something awful,’ Carlson said on his show.
‘And if we don’t pretend, we may ourselves be seen as collaborators in whatever crimes he supposedly committed and forced to share his punishment.’
‘No one has never even accused him of sexual misconduct, but suddenly that doesn’t matter,’ Carlson added.
Alyssa Milano lashed out at Damon’s comments.
Alyssa Milano lashed out at Damon’s comments in an open letter, saying women are outraged because they have been silence for too long
‘We are not outraged because someone grabbed our asses in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal. We are outraged because we have been gaslighted. We are outraged because we were silenced for so long,’ actress Alyssa Milano wrote in an open letter.
Additionally, a petition was started to get the actor removed from the upcoming film ‘Ocean’s 8.’
Damon also did not attend a screening for new flick ‘Downsizing’ in Los Angeles after digging himself further into the debate of sexual misconduct.
‘We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great, but I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole s**tload of guys – the preponderance of men I’ve worked with – who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected,’ Damon told Business Insider while promoting the science-fiction film.
‘I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that,’ he said.
Damon added that he would have second thoughts about working on a project with someone under the cloud of allegations, saying: ‘I mean, I wouldn’t want to work with somebody who — life’s too short for that.’
‘But the question of if somebody had allegations against them, you know, it would be a case-by-case basis. You go, ‘What’s the story here?”