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James Van Der Beek On #MeToo Movement: Not Being 'A D**k' Has Finally Paid Off!

Sep. 24 2018, Updated 6:25 p.m. ET

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James Van Der Beek is not one to stay silent — on anything!

On the latest episode of Bret Easton Ellis' new podcast, the actor spilled his thoughts on Roseanne Barr's racist Twitter scandal, and the chaos that is the #MeToo movement.

During the talk, the Dawson's Creek alum admitted he was angry that Barr's hit show got cancelled, as it put hundreds of people out of work. He added that, in that context, ABC's reaction to her racist tweet was out of line.

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Speaking of the wave of sexual assault claims in Hollywood and in the nation, Van Der Beek, 41, said the attention they have garnered is a longtime coming.

The hunk said that "loads of s**t" happened to him in terms of sex abuse when he was a young actor, which is why he doesn't necessarily believe the allegations should always lead to people losing their means to feed themselves and their families.

He added that while being a "nice guy" and "not have been a d*ck" — especially in showbiz — has finally paid off in the #MeToo generation, it's not realistic to expect that everyone's lived a perfectly pristine and politically-correct life from birth to present with no skeletons in the closet.

Meanwhile, Ellis, 54, whined that this generation of softies are making too big a deal about being groped.

The screenwriter told Van Der Beek that he was felt up in a cinema when he was young, and instead of crying about it, he moved seats and watched the rest of the film. He added that, in his mind, there is a scale of sex abuse, and #MeToo has gotten too hysterical.

He told the actor that he believes putting up with low level sexual harassment is a reality of life.

At that, Van Der Beek squirmed in silence.

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