Matt Damon was recently quoted as saying that after his daughter objected to a joke he made, he decided to “retire” what his daughter called “f-slur”.
Actor Matt Damon said in a statement on Monday that after he was quoted as saying that he had recently decided to “retire” homophobic slur, he was strongly opposed, “I do not use slurs of any kind.”
The statement was made in an interview published this week by The Sunday Times. In the interview, Mr. Damon recounted a conversation with his daughter in which he “made a joke”, which prompted her to tell him Wrote an article about the historical harms of what she called “the ‘f-slur for a homosexual.’”
“She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous,” According to the British newspaper “The Sunday Times”, Mr. Damon said. “I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
In the statement obtained by Variety, Damon stated that he had never “called anyone” that word in his “personal life” and he understood why his frame in the interview “led many to assume the worst.”
He added that in conversations with his daughter, he recalled his childhood when grew up in Boston, he had heard of this slur being used on the street “before I knew what it even referred to.”
“I explained that that word was used constantly and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a movie of mine as recently as 2003; she in turn expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly,” Mr. Damon said in the statement. “To my admiration and pride, she was extremely articulate about the extent to which that word would have been painful to someone in the LGBTQ+ community regardless of how culturally normalized it was. I not only agreed with her but thrilled at her passion, values and desire for social justice.”
“This conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening,” he continued. “I do not use slurs of any kind.”
In the Sunday Times interview, Mr. Damon seemed to imply that the word was used in a joke.
“The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application,” Mr. Damon said in the interview. “I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie “Stuck on You”!’”
In the interview, he did not specify which daughter he interacted with.
Many people on social media disagreed with Mr. Damon’s story, saying that he should have learned better a few years ago—not months ago. Some people also want to know why Mr. Damon shared the story in the first place.