Matt Damon has admitted that he only recently retired his use of the F-slur. The anti-LGBTQIA+ slur has long been recognized as unacceptable, but Damon said that he finally realized the use of the word was offensive when his daughter left the table during a family argument after its use.
Damon has three daughters with his wife Luciana Barroso and is stepfather to Barroso’s daughter from a previous marriage. It is unknown which girl taught her father about his misuse of the word.
“I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter,” Damon said.
Damon originally argued that the term “was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application” and that his character Bob Tenor used the slur in his 2003 movie Stuck on You.
His daughter wrote a “very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous” after his ‘joke.’ Damon responded, “I retire the F-slur!”
Damon has apologized in previous years for his “tone-deaf” comments and has stated, “I was and am tone-deaf. I do try my best not to be.”
This latest admittance was met with shock and widespread criticism.
Many fans and acquaintances are alarmed that the actor has only recently stopped using the term.
Unconvinced, openly gay comedian Billy Eichner tweeted, “I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with.”
I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) August 1, 2021
Other Twitter users took to the platform to express their disgust, while others turned his casual statement into a meme.
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