Matt Damon may be out of Warner Bros.’ upcoming heist movie “Ocean’s 8” following his controversial comments on sexual misconduct in Hollywood. An online petition has been launched demanding the producers of the heist movie, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and Susan Ekins, to cut the actor’s cameo in the all-female spin-off of the “Ocean’s” trilogy which is “supposed to be an empowering film for women.”
The petition, which has nearly reached its goal of 18,000 signatures, reads, “This behavior is beyond enabling – it’s just gross,” referring to the 47-year-old actor’s comments on sexual abuse that were deemed not appropriate by many. “Matt Damon should not be in this movie,” it said. People claimed “Damon’s inclusion (in the movie) would trivialize the serious nature of the charges against sexual abusers like [Harvey] Weinstein — a show of massive disrespect for the brave women speaking out.”
The petition claimed that if the producers didn’t remove Damon’s cameo from the movie, it would show a “lack of accountability for sexual harassment in the workplace that four in ten American women experience.” “Ocean’s 8”, which stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna among others, is due out in the United States on June 8, 2018 and has already released its first trailer, though Damon is not seen in it.