Matt Damon issued an announcement on Monday denying he ever used the phrase “‘f****t’ in my private life,” regardless of a current interview suggesting in any other case.
The Stillwater star sparked outrage on social media after telling London’s Sunday Times that he “retired” the offensive time period. Damon is quoted as saying he “made a joke, months in the past, and acquired a treatise from my daughter” about what she calls “the ‘f-slur for a gay.'” Now, the 50-year-old actor insists he is “by no means referred to as anybody ‘f****t'” and implied the dialog is being taken out of context.
“During a current interview, I recalled a dialogue I had with my daughter the place I tried to contextualize for her the progress that has been made — although under no circumstances accomplished — since I used to be rising up in Boston and, as a baby, heard the phrase ‘f*g’ used on the road earlier than I knew what it even referred to,” Damon stated in an announcement to Yahoo Entertainment. “I defined that that phrase was used continuously and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a film of mine as not too long ago as 2003; she in flip expressed incredulity that there may ever have been a time the place that phrase was used unthinkingly. To my admiration and delight, she was extraordinarily articulate concerning the extent to which that phrase would have been painful to somebody within the LGBTQ+ group no matter how culturally normalized it was. I not solely agreed together with her however thrilled at her ardour, values and want for social justice.”
Damon continued, “I’ve by no means referred to as anybody ‘f****t’ in my private life and this dialog with my daughter was not a private awakening. I don’t use slurs of any variety. I’ve discovered that eradicating prejudice requires lively motion towards justice relatively than discovering passive consolation in imagining myself ‘one of many good guys.’ And provided that open hostility in opposition to the LGBTQ+ group continues to be not unusual, I perceive why my assertion led many to imagine the worst. To be as clear as I may be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ group.”
The actor shares 4 daughters with spouse Luciana, starting from ages 21 to 10. He did not expose which lady he had the dialog with. Damon introduced up the dialogue when telling the U.K. newspaper the current cultural shift has taught him to “shut the f*** up extra.”
“The phrase that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a gay’ was generally used after I was a child, with a special utility,” Damon defined. “I made a joke, months in the past, and acquired a treatise from my daughter. She left the desk. I stated, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it within the film Stuck on You!’ She went to her room and wrote a really lengthy, lovely treatise on how that phrase is harmful. I stated, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
Actor and comic Billy Eichner was amongst those that reacted to Damon’s interview.