“There is no hierarchy of abuse,” Minnie Driver said, responding to fellow actor Matt Damon’s recent comments claiming that there is “a spectrum of behavior” distinguishing different types of sexual misconduct.
In an interview with ABC News, Damon said that some types of misconduct – such as rape – shouldn’t be conflated with other, less severe forms, such as an inappropriate pat:
“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?”
“You know, we see somebody like Al Franken, right? — I personally would have preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation, you know what I mean? It’s like at what point — you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think.”
Driver responded in an interview with The Guardian by saying that all sexual misconduct should be viewed the same (“under one umbrella”) and that men should just shut up, listen and “not have an opinion about it”:
“There is no hierarchy of abuse – that if a woman is raped [it] is much worse than if woman has a penis exposed to her that she didn’t want or ask for … you cannot tell those women that one is supposed to feel worse than the other.
“And it certainly can’t be prescribed by a man. The idea of tone deafness is the idea there [is] no equivalency.
“How about: it’s all f**king wrong and it’s all bad, and until you start seeing it under one umbrella it’s not your job to compartmentalise or judge what is worse and what is not.
“Let women do the speaking up right now. The time right now is for men just to listen and not have an opinion about it for once.”