Matt Damon Swears He’s Never Used The F-Word Slur In His Personal Life
Just a few days ago, Matt Damon opened his mouth and, apropos of nothing besides the potential for a PR headache, boldly claimed that in 2021, he finally retired the homophobic F-word slur from his vocabulary, after cracking a joke that caused one of his daughters to leave the dinner table in disgust. According to Matt Damon, you’d never hear him again casually say that F-word slur for “a homosexual“, thanks to a quick lesson on slurology from his kid. But Matt Damon wants to clear something up. He has never, ever called any person the F-word slur, ever.
Ben Affleck’s bestie decided to release a little statement to clear up that story about his use of a word that would get him a pack of smokes in the UK but is getting him buried in bad press everywhere else. Matt Damon explains that just because his daughter had to tell him it’s not okay to work the word into the punchline of a joke, doesn’t mean he’s been hissing the F-word at people. Oh no, now we have to teach Matt Damon about intention too? Jesus. Okay fine, I’ll get working on that slideshow for him. via People magazine:
“I have never called anyone ‘f—-t’ in my personal life, I do not use slurs of any kind. During a recent interview, I recalled a discussion I had with my daughter where I attempted to contextualize for her the progress that has been made – though by no means completed – since I was growing up in Boston and, as a child, heard the word ‘f–‘ 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 [Stuck on You] as recently as 2003. She in turn expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly.
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. 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+.”
First of all, for someone who doesn’t use slurs like that, I’m spotting it used two times in that statement! And I get what Matt is saying about being old and growing up in Boston, where it was a common word to hear. But…I grew up in a small farm town, and even I knew it wasn’t a word I should be laughing about (literally all thanks to Buddy Cole).
So Matt Damon says he never hatefully called someone an F-word, he was just joking about it. Ok sure, but wasn’t Matt Damon able to read the room a little when he jokingly said the F-word literally any time before his daughter had to collect him at the dinner table? Actually, no. I take it back. Matt is a huge movie star, so he’s in the kind of position of power in which people under him probably cringed hard and later gossiped about him in secret at lunch. Their awkward, uncomfortable reactions might not have been obvious. And Matt needs obvious. I mean, he wasn’t able to see Stuck on You was a poor choice, and that script was literally staring him directly in the face.