"With Casey Affleck, there's a lot of people who felt compelled to prove their colorblindness by finding an example of a white person misbehaving and dredging that up," says Scott Feinberg, awards expert for The Hollywood Reporter. "And yet even if he did what he was accused of, which was never proven in court, it is not in any way a direct parallel to what Nate Parker was accused of. Sexual harassment is not the same thing as rape."
"The fallout and embarrassment from what he did is probably punishment enough for Clint," said Scott Feinberg, awards analyst and blogger for the Hollywood Reporter. "Ultimately, I don't think his 11-minute speech can undo his 50-plus-year legacy in Hollywood."