Matt Damon has been criticised as "tone deaf" for his recent comments about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
The actor and writer is facing a backlash on social media for saying people should be paying more attention to men who are not sexual predators.
In an interview for Business Insider on Monday, Damon said men not involved in sexual misconduct in Hollywood are not gaining attention.
"We're in this watershed moment, and it's great, but I think one thing that's not being talked about is... the preponderance of men I've worked with who don't do this kind of thing," he said during an interview while promoting his new film Downsizing.
The actor's name was trending on Twitter on Tuesday in reaction to the remarks, plus others he has made recently.
Many social media users condemned the actor for suggesting not being a sexual predator was an accomplishment.
Dear Matt Damon,— 🌹 Nathanael Ⓥ Duke ☭ 🔇 (@churusaa) December 18, 2017
We should never find ourselves in a position where not being a sexual predator is so remarkable that it's worth talking about, and if we do, we'd better be devoting even more time to combating and talking about sexual violence.
Honestly my opinion is we shouldn't ever have to thank someone for not sexually harassing someone else. Plain and simple it should just be what everyone does. I never have to thank my husband for treating me as an equal why should anyone else?— Cassie Riley (@CassieB1971) December 19, 2017
Matt Damon wants a cookie for not being a sexual predator and I would like a hefty financial reward for never murdering anyone. Thanks.— Britt Greifeld (@brittgreifeld) December 19, 2017
It is not the first time Damon has commented on sexual abuse following rape allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Last week in an interview with ABC News Damon said groping and rape were two different things and shouldn't be treated the same.
"There's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?" Damon told ABC'S 'Popcorn' with Peter Travers
"Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn't be conflated, right?"
Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, called Damon "dense" for his most recent comments.
I have been a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak. They all hurt. And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted--even welcomed-- misogyny.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 16, 2017
Milano's tweet in October urging people to share their stories of sexual harassment on social media initiated the global #MeToo movement.
Millions of women and men used the hashtag to highlight the sexual abuse they had faced.
Despite much of the reaction condemning Damon's comments there has been some defence of his remarks.
Matt Damon being slammed shows that the #metoo movement has become a joke. Matt Damon spoke the truth.— Jason Block (@beattheblock) December 19, 2017
In a normal time you're right, but the time we're in isn't normal, we're told all men are predators and oppressive, while all women are victims.I don't particularly find that helpful for either of us,mostly cause of how patently absurd it is. Outrage of #mattdamon shows #MobLogic— Michael Hanson (@MIKEinJUSTice) December 19, 2017
I’ve heard Franken lumped with Weinstein. Haven’t you? I’ve heard men that dated teenagers called pedophiles even that is by definition not what they are. There is a ton of conflation going on. I think MD’s comments were almost banal in their obviousness.— Allison Burnett (@Allison_Burnett) December 18, 2017
Damon has come under the spotlight before regarding allegations against Weinstein.
He previously denied trying to stop a story about the producer's behaviour when it was investigated by a reporter in 2004.
Sharon Waxman has said she looked into rumours an employee of Weinstein's in Italy was procuring women for him. She said Damon and Russell Crowe called her to vouch for the employee.
But Damon has said he did not know the detail of the allegations. "I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that," he told Deadline.
Waxman, who then worked for the New York Times, was ultimately unable to publish any allegations relating to Weinstein's sexual behaviour.
In October, Damon gave an interview with his Ocean's 11 co-star George Clooney in which both actors called Weinstein, who produced some of their most successful early movies, a bully.
Damon also said "this level of sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on".