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Famous actor slammed by liberals for saying a very simple thing about sexual harassment

US actor Matt Damon attends the photocall of the movie "Downsizing" presented in competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2017 at Venice Lido. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor Matt Damon is being excoriated on social media for saying a very simple, but apparently controversial, thing about sexual harassment.

What did he say?

Much of the furor seemed to surround his comment that there is a spectrum of sexual harassment, and in the current hysteria over all the claims, they're being equated unfairly.

"I think we’re in this watershed moment," Damon said. "I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories, and it’s totally necessary."

"Do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior, right?" he added.  "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?"

"You know, we see somebody like Al Franken, right?" he explained. "I personally would have preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation, you know what I mean? It’s like at what point — you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think."

What was the reaction?

Damon was nearly universally bashed on social media by those who thought his comments were not sufficiently liberal on the subject of sexual harassment.

Actress Alyssa Milano explained in a Twitter thread why his comments were unacceptable:

Benoit writes for GQ:

Liberal Think Progress editor Judd Legum said simply, "Matt Damon has some thoughts about sexual predators in Hollywood that everyone should ignore."

A few disagreed, like Emma Vigeland of The Young Turks, a far left YouTube channel:

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