While the world is evolving every day, some people still have a lot to learn. Similarly, Matt Damon, Academy Award winner, has just stopped using the ‘f-word’ used as a homophobic slur. Interestingly, it was after his daughter criticized him for it.
In an interview, Matt Damon revealed how his daughter urged him to change for the better.
While talking about his Hollywood journey, the Good Will Hunting actor disclosed something important which he has just begun to understand. In the past, Matt Damon did not think twice before making homophobic jokes. However, times are changing and people do not consider such slurs funny anymore. Therefore, when Damon made the same joke using the ‘f-word’ in front of his daughters, he was met with rejection. This led him to reevaluate his words. Talking about the incident, he said:
The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application. I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table.
Furthermore, Matt Damon said:
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.
After his interview came out, Twitter had a lot to say about Damon’s revelation.
Although Matt Damon did not intend it, his confession backfired and Twitter had a field day. He was heavily criticized for being ignorant in this day and age. One Twitter user wrote:
Don’t be surprised by the actions of a guy who a few years ago, wrote a piece in defence of H.Weinstein, and a few before that, whitesplained diversity to a Black woman
Apart from angry reactions, there were countless memes made on his statement.
In response to the criticism, Matt Damon released a statement to clarify.
Although damage has been done, the Saving Private Ryan actor still tried to save face by giving further clarification. Matt Damon insisted that he has never called anyone ‘f–t’ in his personal life and does not use any kind of slurs. Furthermore, he said:
I have learned that eradicating prejudice requires active movement toward justice rather than finding passive comfort in imagining myself ‘one of the good guys’. And given that open hostility against the LGBTQ+ community is still not uncommon, I understand why my statement led many to assume the worst. To be as clear as I can be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ community.
Whether he uses such slurs in his life or not, it is always good to see actors evolving and growing.