Matt Damon‘s barely in Ocean’s 8, but soon he might not be in it at all.
That’s because fans of the series are petitioning to have him axed following the actor’s recent controversial comments about the Weinstein scandal.
A petition already has 13 million signatures in favour of having Matt’s part in the new all-female heist spin-off, Ocean’s 8, cut from the finished film.
Damon had previously said that ‘one thing not being talked about’ was the men not committing sexual abuse, which threw a dark shade over his name.
The Care 2 petition was begun earlier though, in October, when it was reported Damon helped get a New York Times story about Weinstein axed, which he has since denied.
The actor made things worse on the promotional trial for new film Downsizing, when he made a series of inappropriate comments.
When questioned by journalists, instead of keeping his lips shut he clarified how there’s a difference between ‘patting someone on the bum and rape,’ and followed that admission by revealing he’d work with sex pests on a ‘case by case’ basis.
‘One thing that’s not being talked about,’ Damon told Business Insider, ‘is there are a whole shitload of guys… who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected’.
The Care 2 petition reads: ‘The all-female reboot of Ocean’s 8 was supposed to be an empowering film for women. The movie spotlights the talents of its tremendous female cast and showcases the savvy and prowess of its characters.
‘But that was before allegations that Matt Damon — who has a well-publicised cameo in Oceans 8 — not only ignored but enabled his friend Harvey Weinstein’s inappropriate behaviour 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 behaviour is beyond enabling — it’s just gross. Matt Damon should not be in this movie.
‘Damon’s inclusion would trivialise 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,’ the petition surmised.
Damon played Linus Caldwell in the Ocean’s franchise.
Ocean’s 8 celebrates an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock, which also stars Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina.
Ocean’s 8 is released in UK cinemas 8 June 2018.
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