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Matt Damon Shouldn't Have Portrayed Brett Kavanaugh On 'Saturday Night Live'

Damon has a complicated history of defending sexual abusers, which makes 'SNL's pick tone deaf at best.

Matt Damon Shouldn't Have Portrayed Brett Kavanaugh On 'Saturday Night Live'
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The 44th season of Saturday Night Live started off with a bang by delivering a gripping (yet hilarious) cold open centered on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The long-running sketch series is known for tackling hot-button topics, but the show's pick for Kavanaugh was nothing short of controversial. Of all the actors and comedians they could have cast, they went with Matt Damon — the same Matt Damon who defended Casey Affleck and Louis C.K. after they were accused of sexual harassment.

As a longtime friend of Affleck, Damon defended the Manchester by the Sea actor after two women filed sexual harassment suits against him. Meanwhile, actresses like Brie Larson refused to acknowledge him.

"If it's a friend of mine, I'm always talking to them," Damon said at the time. "I know the real story if it's my friend."

In other words, if the abuser is your good buddy, you're going to disregard the victim.

Thanks for clearing that up, Matt.

Matt Damon Shouldn't Have Portrayed Brett Kavanaugh On 'Saturday Night Live'

To cement his reputation as a staunch defender of sexual predators, he went on to defend C.K, who actually ADMITTED to sexual misconduct. 

"I don’t know Louis C.K. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again," Damon said. "You know what I mean? I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything that he - I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are."

And how could anyone ever forget the time he admitted he knew about Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior, but chose to do nothing?


"I knew the story about Gwyneth [Paltrow] from Ben [Affleck], because he was with her after Brad [Pitt], so I knew that story,” he said. "But I was working with Gwyneth with Harvey on ‘Ripley.’ I never talked to Gwyneth about it. Ben told me."

He continued, "I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but it’s not my business really."

Look, we're not discounting the fact that Damon's SNL performance was spot-on. It was a perfect depiction of Kavanaugh's man-child demeanor, but the fact that he has a history of defending sexual predators makes it hard for us to laugh.

Check out Damon's performance below.

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