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RIP Matt Damon, who Terry Gilliam says has been ‘beaten to death’ by internet mobs

RIP Matt Damon, who Terry Gilliam says has been ‘beaten to death’ by internet mobs


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Decent human being Matt Damon, 47, has supposedly perished in an untimely death brought about by mobs of angry #MeToo supporters, according to director Terry Gilliam. In an interview with AFP, Gilliam boldly shines a spotlight on the horrifying plight of the powerful and popular actor. “I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon, who is a decent human being,” Gilliam says of those original statements. “He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!”

Despite his wife’s sensible advice to “keep [his] head a bit low” when it comes to saying the least useful thing at the worst possible time, Gilliam continues to spew complaints about the survivors of assault and abuse who have stepped forward as part of the #MeToo movement. After insisting that “people have got to take responsibility for their own selves,” and that “I know enough girls who were in Harvey’s suites who were not victims and walked out,” he simultaneously compares the increasing sense of accountability and intolerance for the endemic problem of sexual abuse and assault to a crazed, pitchfork-wielding mob attacking innocent monsters.

“The mob is out there, they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle,” he says. Gilliam adds there is “no intelligence anymore,” though he appears to be speaking about the recent backlash against sexual predators, not Damon’s “not all men”-style comments. The real predators, Gilliam suggests, might be the women on the receiving end of the terrifying campaigns of sexual coercion by powerful Hollywood men. “It is a world of victims,” he says. “I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t. The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition.” Humans, he elaborates helpfully, “are physical creatures.”

And then there’s Damon, who was criticized for his tone-deaf comments about the “spectrum” of sexual behavior — and subsequently apologized, admitting that “I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this” — which in Gilliam’s mind, is the equivalent of a brutal murder. While plenty of people on the internet have claimed to die of embarrassment, this would make Damon the first star to have died from criticism. Truly, we are living in a world of victims.