Success! Care2 Members Convince ‘Ocean’s 8′ Director to Remove Matt Damon From Film

The new all-female “Ocean’s 8″ movie was conceived as an empowering film for women, with the likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling playing lead roles.

The movie’s director, Gary Ross, decided to also include several cameos from the male actors who starred in the first iteration of the series, “Ocean’s 11.” 

But when Care2′s Rebecca Gerber learned that Matt Damon was slated to make an appearance, she jumped into action. Gerber created a Care2 petition, demanding that his cameo be removed.

Damon has made some thoughtless and sexist comments in support of serial abuser Harvey Weinstein, and Gerber found it unconscionable that he would be included in this film. 

The Care2 petition refers to a report alleging that Damon stood by Weinstein and helped to kill a 2004 New York Times report about his sexual misconduct. Journalist Sharon Waxman was investigating a story about an employee in Italy who was procuring women for Weinstein.

Then there was the interview Damon gave last December, in which he stated that if he was involved in a project with people accused of sexual harassment, he would handle it on a “case-by-case” basis. Enough said.

As Gerber wrote in her petition:

Damon’s inclusion would trivialize the serious nature of the charges against sexual abusers like Weinstein – and 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.

Care2 Success! 

Gerber’s petition garnered almost 29,000 signatures from Care2 members who wanted to hold Damon accountable for his awful sexist comments, and now we’ve learned that his cameo has been left on the cutting room floor.

Congratulations to Gerber and a huge thank you to everyone who signed her petition!

Minnie Driver, who once dated Damon and co-starred with him in the Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting,” took to Twitter to respond to his sexist comments:

God God, seriously?” “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.

Her message went viral on social media, and actor Alyssa Milano weighed in too: “There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.”

Later, Driver told The Guardian, “I felt I desperately needed to say something. I’ve realized that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off in their ability to understand. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level.”

Which pretty much sums up Matt Damon’s insensitive and un-woke response to the #MeToo movement.

Thank you so much to Care2’s Rebecca Gerber and all the Care2 activists who signed her petition.

Take Action!

If you’re concerned about an injustice, why not create your own petition and make your voice heard today? Check out these guidelines and soon you’ll see Care2 members signing up to support you in your cause.

 

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83 comments

Kelsey S
Kelsey S8 hours ago

Thanks

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Danuta W
Danuta W12 days ago

Thanks for posting.

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Skye Ash
Past Member 17 days ago

i support damon harvy did nothing wrong and theres no such thing as sexual assult unless its rape its just the girls fault and im glad that they are black listed which means that no will hire them they just wanted to get a leg up so they cried wolf and same goes for bill cosby which is sad that idiots accused him of NOTHING

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Carole R
Carole R18 days ago

It's good to know we can really make a difference. Keep signing those petitions!

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hELEN h
hELEN h18 days ago

tyfs

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Albert W

Feminism is no longer concerned with fighting for equality, it has become an ideology preoccupied with oppressing men. Similarly to civil rights movement, its development is a valuable lesson. In the end, no one cares about what is fair and right, everyone just wants more power. Sooner or later white men are going to get pissed and take back what used to be theirs. Hope they will remember the mistakes of letting women and people of colour have equal rights.

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Sue H
Sue H19 days ago

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Darlene Buckingham

The whole movement is diminished when going after a person such as Matt Damon and is becoming more of a shamming vehicle than actually confronting the abuse of power. There are so many other people that really are abusing power. Matt Damon put his foot in his mouth and it was an important conversation but to demonize him while others that areblatantly abusing power are left untouched show this is not a movement with heart that really wants to end abuse of power. It is a diversion to pick on scapegoats rather than really end the real and terrible consequences of abuse of power.

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Ruth S
Ruth S19 days ago

OK

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Dave fleming
Dave fleming21 days ago

Good

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