Ben Affleck thought it would be a good idea to joke about sexual harassment. Twitter left aghast

While doing the press tour for his latest film Justice League, Ben Affleck appeared to make a joke about the ongoing sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood. Twitter didn’t let it slide.

hollywood Updated: Nov 16, 2017 14:29 IST
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Ben Affleck was recently accused of sexual misconduct.

While doing the press tour for his latest film Justice League, Ben Affleck appeared to make a joke about the ongoing sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood. He did this in the presence of cameras, his fellow Justice League stars, and with the knowledge that he was, like his brother Casey, recently accused of sexual misconduct.

Twitter didn’t let it slide. Several people pointed out that he of all people shouldn’t be making jokes about such a serious issue.

When Affleck’s co-star Ray Fisher was asked about making the DC Universe more diverse by bringing Supergirl into the mix, the young actor said, “I think it would create a different dynamic.”

Affleck blurted, “You following the news at all?” Reactions of the rest of the cast in that moment became memes in a matter of minutes.

Shortly after publicly condemning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour - Affleck worked on several films with Weinstein early in his career - he was accused of groping an actor on live TV in 2003. Affleck apologised to her on Twitter, admitting that his behaviour was inappropriate. Soon after that, another woman accused him of having grabbed her from behind at the 2014 Golden Globes. The actor did not address those allegations.

Rose McGowan, who was among the first actors to publicly come out against Weinstein in the New York Times story that set the ball rolling, called Affleck a ‘liar’ on Twitter for claiming that he had no knowledge of Weinstein’s behaviour. She said she had personally confided in him.

In the lead-up to the 2017 Oscars race, Affleck’s brother Casey was accused by two women of sexual assault, which several pundits thought could prove to be an obstacle in the actor’s campaign to win a Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea. He eventually won.

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First Published: Nov 16, 2017 14:28 IST