Alyssa Milano slams Matt Damon for his comments on sexual misconduct

“We are not outraged because someone grabbed our a***s in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal.”

FILE - In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Alyssa Milano arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Thousands of women responded to Milano’s call on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2017, to tweet “me too” in order to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Alyssa Milano arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. –The Associated Press

Actress Alyssa Milano responded to Matt Damon’s comments on sexual misconduct in an open letter to the Downsizing actor, which she posted to Twitter Friday night.

“Dear Matt Damon,” Milano wrote in a series of tweets. “It’s the micro that makes the macro. We are in a ‘culture of outrage’ because the magnitude of rage is, in fact, overtly outrageous. And it is righteous.”

Milano, who was included among the Silence Breakers named Time’s Person of the Year for launching the #MeToo movement, joins numerous media voices, celebrities, and fans who are condemning the Cambridge native’s comments during an interview with ABC News.

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“We are not outraged because someone grabbed our a***s in a picture,” she tweeted. “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.”

In the interview, Damon said he believes there is “a spectrum of behavior” of sexual misconduct and said that comparing someone like former U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is facing allegations of groping and improper advances by multiple women, to film executive Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and other instances of sexual misconduct going back decades, “is wrong.”

Damon told ABC:

When you see Al Franken taking a picture putting his hands on that woman’s flak jacket and mugging for the camera, going like that, you know, that is just like a terrible joke, and it’s not funny. It’s wrong, and he shouldn’t have done that. … But when you talk about Harvey and what he’s accused of, there are no pictures of that. He knew he was up to no good. There’s no witnesses. There’s no pictures. There’s no braggadocio. … So they don’t belong in the same category.

Damon said he believes society is living in a “culture of outrage and injury” and suggested that allegations of sexual misconduct need to be individually examined and not “conflated.”

He said:

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, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?

In her response to Damon, Milano, who worked with the actor on the 1995 film Glory Daze, said she’d been a victim of “each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak.”

“They all hurt,” she said. “And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted — even welcomed — misogyny. “

Read her full letter below:

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