On a scale from Harvey Weinstein to…everyone else, it’s probably safe to say Ben Affleck might not be high up on the creep-o-meter. He doesn’t have a decades-long reputation for hotel room business meetings with massage requests (not a high bar to clear). However, he has been accused of groping women in the past. Ben knows there’s a sexual harassment problem in Hollywood, and in a move that I’m sure definitely didn’t involve a conversation with his publicist, he claims he wants to help fix it.
Allegations were made by multiple women, including former MTV VJ Hilarie Burton, who say that Ben groped them. Ben is currently promoting Justice League, a film which features one of 2017’s favorite superheros, Wonder Woman. Ben spoke about the allegations with the Associated Press (via The Hollywood Reporter), and not because Gal Gadot was asked if she’s ever considered using Wonder Woman’s invisible lasso to prevent his hands from touching stuff he’s not supposed to.
Ben claims he’s “looking at” and addressing his own behavior, and making sure he’s “part of the solution.” According to Ben, that’s a two-part solution. First, he believes more women need to be “pushed to power.” I hope Ben is talking about a metaphorical push and not a physical one, because, remember Ben, putting your hands on women is a no-no.
The second part is for men to accept sexual harassment as a “men’s issue,” and to call other men out for harassment. If Ben is serious about helping turn things around, maybe he could hold re-education seminars in Hollywood to teach sleaze bags not to sexually harass women at work. Maybe he could start small. Like with a one-on-one class with his brother Casey Affleck. Lesson one: Stop it, Casey.
Here’s more of Ben and the rest of the Justice League cast at a photo call in London on Saturday.