Not been a couple of great years for Ben Affleck on the personal reputation front.
First, he was divorced by his seemingly annoying wife, Jennifer Garner, for banging the infinitely younger and hotter nanny. Actually, it was unclear whether Garner divorced him for that, or just allowing the nanny to slack off. Either way, it was important she accompanied him on private jet flights to the Bahamas with Tom Brady.
Did I emphasise how hot the nanny was?
Anyway, last year during the Presidential campaign, Ben, a huge Harvey Weinstein buddy from way back in the Good Will Hunting days, felt he had to weigh in to Magazine For Lady Parts, Vanity Fair, on the Donald Trump-Billy Bush bus video.
“I think he was probably trying to say it was a private conversation that he didn’t intend for anyone to overhear. That being said, people have to form their own judgments about what that conversation says about the participants.”
“Women should never be talked about in that way, even if it was a private conversation.”
When asked if he thinks the New York real-estate mogul would make a positive difference in the world as the commander in chief, Affleck quickly responded, “No, I don’t think so. Not at all.”
Some solid posturing there. Even for someone who performed the ultimate cliche, and banged the nanny.
So, it came as no surprise when Affleck felt he had to weigh in with a heavy heart, but firm hand, on the Harvey Weinstein situation:
“I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades. The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others… we must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”
Admirable of Affleck. Making a stand for women like that, despite banging an employee in his marital home. He must have been shocked to discover Weinstein’s habits.
Uh oh, Sinead O’Connor sympathiser, Rose McGowan is weighing in:
Oh. My mistake.
Well, at least Affleck wasn’t going around groping people himself, right?
Oh. My mistake. Well, that was a bit of one-off silliness, I’m sure. You can’t hang a guy for banging the nanny, covering up Harvey Weinstein’s perversions and one little on-camera grope, can you?
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Or maybe two? It could be worse.
Oh. Well, I have been terribly misinformed. You know what I always say? It takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong – I am NOT a big man.
Turns out when Ben said “I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others”, he meant that rather than have a fat, old guy grope women, he would just do it himself.
Every sex pest, serial groper and pay-for-play Hollywooder is battening down the hatches at the moment, because for once, people are actually listening to the women making these allegations, and not just telling them, their $80,000 payouts and their NDA’s to go away. Plus, of course, the odd NFL linebacker dude who had his junk fondled. No word yet if they’re intending to print allegations from all the young male actors who had to blow studio execs and producers for parts.*
Memo to any stage four nobodies fondled by a famous Hollywood symbol: get your story out this week while everyone’s listening. No-one is listening for long. A month ago, it was the anthem. Two weeks ago, North Korea. Last week, Puerto Rico. It can be true, or not – the media won’t care. Just make sure he’s still got some cache. No-one wants to hear any Stanley Kubrik stories. Also, best not to mention that you got any parts or won any awards because of it. You want to make out those were achieved on your merits.
*UPDATE: I spoke too soon – Van Der Beek has weighed in.