Matt Damon is one of the most popular actors in all of Hollywood and has been a very big part of pop culture over the years.
Matt Damon recently admitted used to use a homophobic slur but stopped it entirely thanks to his daughter. Now it seems he’s denying having ever using the slur.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Damon clarified what he what he previously said, stating that he’s never used the word against anyone and that he does “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-g’ 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 as recently as 2003; she in turn expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly,” he continued. “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 hhave 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. 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 or not Matt Damon is truthful in what he said, it is for the best if he never uses that homophobic slur in his life.