Accusations of sexual assault against Ben Affleck are about a month old now, but we'd still like to issue a resounding "TOO SOON" in the direction of a joke he made this week. And, Ben, it's safe to say 100 years from now will still be too soon for making jokes about sexual assault.
While promoting the film Justice League on a press tour this week, Affleck and the rest of the movie's stars were asked what would happen if Supergirl joined the team. Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg, responded, “I think it would just create a different dynamic, you know–"
Affleck, who apparently has no filter, interrupted him by saying “You following the news at all?” with a chuckle.
Yes, Ben, we've been following the news. (And writing about it. Every day. It's been quite stressful.) Actress Hilarie Burton accused you of groping her in 2003. A video recently emerged of you groping TV host Anne-Marie Losique in 2004. So, if this is the news you're referring to, you're saying that should Supergirl join the Justice League franchise, you would...grope her?
And while it isn't entirely clear if Affleck was referring to the allegations against him, the internet certainly seems to think he was.
And that's not the only questionable thing Affleck said in the interview.
When the interviewer asked the group if they could pick any character to join the Justice League for a sequel, Gal Gadot and Affleck began to speak at the same time. Affleck raised his voice to make sure his answer was heard loud and clear. "Black canary. We could use more women," he said.
The group being interviewed consisted of four men and one woman (Gadot), so yeah, they really could use more women–but considering the disrespect Affleck has shown women in the past, is he really the person we need commenting on the issue? (Answer: no.)