Matt Damon casually used homophobic slur until daughter told him to stop

Matt Damon still casually used homophobic slur until his daughter finally told him to stop

Matt Damon has ignorantly been using the "f-slur for a homosexual" up until very recently.

In this new profile for The Sunday Times, the 50-year-old actor and filmmaker freely (and inexplicably) admitted he casually threw out the "f-slur" while eating dinner with his family. Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, share three daughters—15-year-old Isabella, 12-year-old Gia and 10-year-old Stella—and one of them had to educate a grown man on why referring to LGBTQ+ people in derogatory terms is problematic.

"The word that my daughter calls the 'f-slur for a homosexual' was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application,” the Oscar winner told The Sunday Times. "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!" Damon added (h/t Entertainment Weekly). "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."

Obviously, this didn't go over well:

Damon currently stars in Stillwater as Oklahoman oil-rig roughneck Bill Baker. Baker travels to France to help exonerate his estranged and wrongly convicted daughter (Abigail Breslin). The Tom McCarthy-directed film received backlash from Amanda Knox surrounding its U.S. theatrical release last Friday (July 30):

Damon's previously held (and again, very recent) stance on homophobic slurs is almost as outdated as the story in Ridley Scott's The Last Duel, the historical drama Damon co-wrote with Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener that's set in 14th century France.

Megan Armstrong (@megankarmstrong) is a writer with previous work appearing in places such as Billboard, Bleacher Report, GQ and others. She's most interested in writing about people and how they live their lives, through the framework of music, entertainment and sports.

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