Some people are so upset over actor Matt Damon's comments about sexual misconduct in Hollywood that they want to see him forced out of the upcoming production of "Oceans 8."
What has Damon said?
Damon, in December interviews, has addressed the sexual misconduct scandals plaguing Hollywood, and has admitted that he would still work with some alleged harassers on a case-by-case basis.
Damon also recently added that he believes there is a "spectrum" in sexual misbehaviors, and lumping all alleged perpetrators into the same category is unfair.
"I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior, right?" he said. "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."
What's the petition all about?
The Care2 petition, "Sexual Harassment Isn't a Joke — Remove Matt Damon from Oceans 8," states: "The all-female reboot of Oceans 8 was supposed to be an empowering film for women. The movie spotlight the talents of its tremendous female cast and showcase the savvy and prowess of its characters."
"But that was before allegations that Matt Damon — who has a well-publicized cameo in 'Oceans 8' — not only ignored but enabled his friend Harvey Weinstein's inappropriate behavior 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," the petition read.
"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," the petition added.
The petition has received more than 19,000 signatures at the time of this writing and is directed to "Oceans 8" producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.