A new fan petition at ThePetitionSite has been released calling for the removal of actor Matt Damon from the cast of the female-led “Ocean’s 8”.
Damon is set to reprise his role from the Ocean’s movies in order to provide a bit of connective tissue. However, recent comments he made about sexual harassment in Hollywood has not done him any favours. Thus comes the petition which says:
“The all-female reboot of Ocean’s 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.
Damon’s inclusion would trivialize 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. I’m calling on Ocean’s 8 producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh to toss Damon’s Oceans 8 cameo where it belongs: on the cutting room floor. Will you join me?”
The petition has more than 23,600 signatures so far and is gaining momentum. At the moment, it’s unclear just how crucial Damon’s role in the film is supposed to be. The film is currently slated for a release on June 8th 2018.