“The all-female reboot of Oceans 8 was supposed to be an empowering film for women,” begins the petition entitled, “Sexual Harassment Isn’t a Joke – Remove Matt Damon from Oceans 8.”
The petition goes on to cite his relationship with Harvey Weinstein and interviews Damon has given where he said he would work with people accused of sexual misconduct on a “case-by-case basis.”
“This behavior is beyond enabling — it’s just gross. Matt Damon should not be in this movie,” the petition says.
The petition goes on to say, “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.”
So far, the petition has received nearly 23,000 votes to cut Damon’s cameo from the film.