Matt Damon wearing a suit without a tie at the premiere of "The Great Wall."

Matt Damon Calls Rumors of Casual Homophobia Untrue

Matt Damon fires back at rumors that he until recently used homophobic slurs by insisting he has never used the F-Word in his personal life.

Yesterday we reported that Damon had told a story to the Sunday Times about his daughter calling him out for using the F-slur. Seemingly indicating that the star had been using it in his personal life until recently.

Now he is saying that just isn’t the case. Damon told Variety ” I have never called anyone ‘f*****t’ in my personal life and this conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening. I do not use slurs of any kind.”

We aren’t exactly sure when Damon’s daughter called him out for using the slur before he responded “I retire the F-slur!” Apparently, she was pretty adamant that the word shouldn’t be used. With Damon saying she had written a “very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous.”

Damon explains that he told his daughter he used to hear it all the time growing up in Boston. And even remembers it was jokingly used in his 2003 movie Stuck On You. But despite all of that the star still claims he hasn’t used it himself.

“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—through no means completed—since I was growing up in Boston,” explains Damon. “I explained that that word was used constantly and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a move of mine as recently as 2003; she, in turn, expressed incredulity that there could have ever been a time where that word was used unthinkingly.”

The actor went on to tell Variety that he understands why people took his comment the way they did, but that he stands firmly with the LGBTQ+ community and that he has “learned that eradicating prejudice requires active movement toward justice rather than finding passive comfort in imagining myself ‘one of the good guys.'”

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