I’m not a true Bostonian, but I’ve lived here long enough to scoff if visiting family members ask to go get a beer at Cheers, and I’m not above cutting someone’s tires if they try and park in a space I spent four hours and three hot toddies shoveling out from the fruits of our weekly blizzard. In short, I may as well be a local (“FAHK YOU,” – anyone actually from here), which is why, on behalf of Boston, I say, “HALLELUJAH!” to news that Matt Damon has decided to keep his pie hole shut for a little while when it comes to hot button issues.
This morning, Matt was on Today, where he was interviewed by the hard-hitting Kathie Lee Gifford, and I don’t mean she was hitting the Malbec hard. While rocking a new ‘do that seemed to be inspired by the Heidi Swiss Alps Wig Collection, Kathie chatted with Matt about his mission to bring clean water to afflicted areas. Of course, Matt also has a few ties to Hollywood’s sexual abuse scandal, both as a former collaborator with Harvey Weinstein and from being close with accused sexual harassers Casey Affleck and Ben Affleck. He had previously opened mouth and inserted foot by saying there was a “spectrum of behavior” that should be monitored. When asked what he had learned from the whole mess, Matt said he should have listened more:
“I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this. I think ultimately what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain. With anything that I do or say, so for that I’m really sorry.”
He then added, “But I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.”
Considering how much talking Matt Damon likes to do, be it about sexual abuse or diversity in Hollywood, him shutting his mouth is going to be akin to a vow of silence, which will come in handy when he’s inevitably cast in a white-washed movie about Tibetan monks.