"Damon's inclusion would trivialize the serious nature of the charges against sexual abusers like Weinstein," a petition reads.
Matt Damon's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year just got a little worse.
In wake of the "Downsizing" star sharing his not-so-well received thoughts on the topic of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, 20,000 people have signed a petition demanding his cameo in "Ocean's 8" be cut.
"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," petition creator Rebecca G. wrote. "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."
She concluded the petition with, "I'm calling on Oceans 8 producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh to toss Damon's Oceans 8 cameo where it belongs: on the cutting room floor. Will you join me?"
The 2018 release puts a feminine spin on the "Ocean's" franchise, formerly fronted by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Damon and a bunch of other dudes. Sandra Bullock takes the lead this time around as the sister of Clooney's Danny Ocean character, and she recruits sneaky criminals (played by Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina) to plan a jewelry heist during the annual Met Gala.
It's not clear how big of a role Damon has to be cut, but the actor previously said, "I'm doing a little bit in the movie. I haven't read it yet, but the cast is phenomenal and I'm excited to see what those women do with it. It's going to be fun."
What was a fun idea at the time has since been tainted by his thoughts on Hollywood sexual misconduct, which included explaining how he would hypothetically pay off an accuser to silence her, downplaying the seriousness of Louis C.K.'s admitted behavior (masturbating in front of women who weren't on board for that peep show), and expressing hopes that people don't conflate sexual harassment with sexual assault.
"I do believe that there's a spectrum of behavior," he told ABC News earlier this month. "And we're going to have to figure - you know, there's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the bugs and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without questions, but they shouldn't be conflated."
"All of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum," he added. "And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and chid molestation or whatever, you know, that's prison. Right? And that's what needs to happen. OK? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else. That's criminal behavior and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross."
While online petitions flood the internet daily, they don't have the strongest track record of actually making any kind of change, but we wouldn't be surprised if "Ocean's 8" producers caved on this. Sensitivity is at an all-time high, and we've already seen numerous cut from projects or fired from jobs as more and more women continue to speak out with accusations about past transgressions. Plus, if it's only a "little bit," as Damon described, why risk the success of the entire female-fronted comedy caper over it?