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:
So Matt Damon just figured out "months ago", by way of a "treatise" from a child, that he's not supposed to say the word f*ggot.— Travon Free (@Travon) August 1, 2021
Months ago. pic.twitter.com/g8MRR39yVR
Everybody:— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) August 2, 2021
The national news media:
Matt Damon: Y’know I said f*gg*t until like last Tuesday?
I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) August 1, 2021
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):
Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER.— Amanda Knox (@amandaknox) July 29, 2021
/ a thread
I want to pause right here on that phrase: “the Amanda Knox saga.” What does that refer to? Does it refer to anything I did? No. It refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede.— Amanda Knox (@amandaknox) July 29, 2021
Everyone else in that “saga” had more influence over events than I did. The erroneous focus on me by the authorities led to an erroneous focus on me by the press, which shaped how I was viewed. In prison, I had no control over my public image, no voice in my story.— Amanda Knox (@amandaknox) July 29, 2021