Matt Damon Admits That He Just Stopped Using a Gay Slur
His daughter had to tell him to stop using the f-slur
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the actor shared that he had to be told by his teenage daughter to stop using the f-slur in conversation.
"The word that my daughter calls the 'f-slur for a homosexual' was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application," Damon said. "I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table."
He continued: "I said, 'Come on, that's a joke! I say it in the movie Stuck on You!' She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, 'I retire the f-slur!' I understood."
This isn't the 50-year-old actor's first affront to the queer community. Back in 2015, Damon came under fire for suggesting that gay actors should stay in the closet because they're "more effective when they're a mystery."
See Twitter's reaction to Damon's most recent revelation below.
To be honest, I was privately insulting Matt Damon until a few months ago, too, so…— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 2, 2021
As a member of the press, I like when celebrities talk to the press, but it's always illuminating to hear the stories that folks like Liam Neeson or Matt Damon think are humanizing and charming, but actually reveal insulation and isolation (among other unsavory stuff) instead. https://t.co/OZzDlyW72O— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) August 1, 2021
Matt Damon today: pic.twitter.com/MOzf8an3tl— jaun (@Treeofl1fe) August 2, 2021
Matt Damon after 8 minutes of not saying the F-Slur in front of his daughter: pic.twitter.com/H7BuylS5g5— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) August 1, 2021
why would matt damon freely share that lol— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) August 1, 2021
Matt Damon arriving home to check Twitter pic.twitter.com/XV2l08JkK8— Tom Reagan's Hat (@RufusTSuperfly) August 1, 2021
The fact that Matt Damon's daughter had to explain to him that saying a slur is wrong is insane pic.twitter.com/KeOIlxRZP8— Cedrica (@iamcedrica) August 1, 2021
I've lost some respect for Matt Damon for two reasons:— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 1, 2021
1. Being a 51-year-old Harvard-educated person who only realized using homophobic slurs was a bad thing *months* ago; and
2. Being foolish enough to think that was a cute story he should share with the world. pic.twitter.com/WtudX2fGtb
the funniest part of the matt damon interview is when he says that "f*ggot" meant something different when he was a kid bc bro no it didn't pic.twitter.com/6tMEKVTssN— matt (@mattxiv) August 1, 2021