Many people were not thrilled about Casey Affleck’s Oscar win on Sunday night due to the sexual harassment allegations pinned against him back in 2010.
For some, his win sent a very damaging message about how society often downplays and overlooks the severity of sexual assault, particularly among the rich and famous.
Casey Affleck's Oscar win should be a wake up call to stop supporting all "your boys" who are abusers. If you don't stop, fans don't either— the scoob (@emdubin) February 27, 2017
can we please discuss casey affleck's sexual harassment accusations before we give him an oscar?— alien princess~ (@scholzyy) February 27, 2017
Why aren’t sexual harassment allegations derailing Casey Affleck’s Oscar chances? https://t.co/W2PbiRnbPY— Raul Palma-Dees (@theraulshow) February 15, 2017
Casey Affleck won Best Actor.— Allie Beauregard (@AllieBeauregard) February 27, 2017
Donald Trump is president.
Tell me again how sexual assault charges can "ruin" a man's career. 😒
In an interview with The Boston Globe, the "Manchester by the Sea" actor addressed the accusations with a very nonchalant attitude.
“There’s really nothing I can do about it,” Affleck said. “Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”
“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent," Affleck continued. "And everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.”
It should be noted that legally, Affleck cannot comment publicly on the cases — which were settled out of court — however, his generic response seemed extremely cold and apathetic to the concept of sexual harassment in general. This didn’t sit well with the Twitterverse, which wasted no time criticizing Affleck’s vague answers.
whole lotta words to say pretty much nothing innit https://t.co/ZvYDst9lZN— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) March 1, 2017
He could have just kept quiet instead of spewing this nonsense. https://t.co/n0Rxd8smQx— Punjai Kumaarasaamy (@arunk_) March 1, 2017
This isn't so much "breaking his silence" as skirting the issue as it relates to him entirely, which is effectively the same as silence https://t.co/wFhmMSxQnp— Kwame Opam (@kwameopam) March 1, 2017
Although Affleck probably feels the issue should have been laid to rest years ago when the cases were settled, he must accept the situation as a part of his past that will not soon be forgotten. As an actor and public figure, his dismissive attitude toward such a serious issue is troubling.
He has a platform that he could be using to strongly condemn the acts he is accused of or even publicly vow to refrain from any behaviors that may make women around him feel uncomfortable, whether intentionally or otherwise.
Alas, based on Affleck’s laid-back interview responses, he doesn’t appear to have much guilt or remorse around the situation and would rather just pretend like it never happened.
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