The Spike Guys’ Choice Awards happened this weekend. The show will air on Spike on Thursday. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck received the Guys of the Decade Award and everybody was all excited about seeing them together again. This is what happened during their acceptance:
“I think it goes without saying that this is an award Matt and I have been dreaming about since we were little boys,” (Ben) told the audience. “I did Gigli and Matt did that Liberace movie and all of a sudden, it all seemed out of reach. Then I did Batman and all of a sudden, it was back in reach again. Now, we’re the … coveted Dudes of the Decade … the Guys of the Dickheads? What is it?”
(Matt) jokingly responded, “No, the D--kheads of the Decade Award.”
Haha, I guess.
Maybe it’s my mood, after what I read on Friday but I’m just not feeling those f-cking jokes, you know? Matt Damon played a gay man in a movie about Liberace and somehow that might have threatened his “Guy” card?
Isn’t that part of the problem? Isn’t it? Especially at a show like this? It’s just not funny to me to support that narrow definition of MAN that events like these reinforce, maintaining a culture of misogyny that enables the MAN at the expense of…well… everyone else. It’s not funny because there was a girl found unconscious behind a dumpster last year and her rapist was only sentenced to 6 months in prison, of which he’ll likely serve 3, because the judge was more concerned about the “severe impact” he would experience if he’d handed down a longer term. Brock, you see, used to be a promising athlete. He coulda gone to the Olympics and won gold. He coulda been a Guys’ Choice Award recipient one day. Until, you know, he decided to violate a woman’s body without consent. Which, apparently, is only worth half a year of incarceration – because despite that very minor fact, that he is a rapist, we’re still all so worried about Brock’s future. As Brock’s dad put it, Brock shouldn’t have to suffer so much for just…
“20 minutes of action”
RAPE CULTURE: Brock Turner's dad is sad he only got "20 minutes of action" & doesn't even like eating steaks anymore pic.twitter.com/eQswM8Lb11— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 5, 2016
So, with that in mind, at events like the Guys’ Choice Awards, wouldn’t it be great if the victim’s impact statement was mandatory reading? Please click here if you haven’t already.