Another self-described liberal actor once said that what bothered him most about some liberals was that it was not enough that they disagreed with conservatives or Republicans, but that ”they had to hate them and hate everything they stood for.” I don’t hate anyone and I certainly hope that Damon has not fallen into that destructive mindset.
The fact of the matter is that I’m a fan of Damon’s acting ability. As someone who grew up on welfare and in abject poverty in and around the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Damon’s movie “Good Will Hunting” spoke to me on a number of levels. While for him, it may have just been a way to assuage some of the guilt for growing up privileged, for me, it was part of my life. Rich kid or not, it displayed talent.
Through that talent, connections, and perseverance, Matt Damon has elevated himself to a position of influence in Hollywood and with the fringe-left. But with that influence, comes a degree of responsibility. Responsibility number one being to know what you are talking about before you criticize a woman you know nothing about. A woman, a wife, a mother and an elected official, who at the end of the day, has much more in common with the vast majority of Americans, than an actor -- or a candidate -- who attended Harvard, and went on to discount small-town traditional values.
Sarah Palin has done nothing to deserve his misguided loathing.