Matt Damon Now Says He Doesn't 'Use Slurs Of Any Kind' After Backlash Over Interview

The actor is clarifying his remarks about retiring the 'f-slur for homosexual' only months ago.

8/3/2021 5:35:00 PM

The actor is clarifying his remarks about retiring the 'f-slur for homosexual' only months ago.

The actor is clarifying his remarks about retiring the 'f-slur for homosexual' only months ago.

The actor addressed his controversial comments in a statement released on Monday night afterrevealing in a profile for The Sunday Timesthat he only just recently stopped using the “f-slur for a homosexual” at the behest of his daughter.In the piece, Damon said that he used the word “months ago” as part of a joke, which prompted one of his children to write a “treatise” on “how that word is dangerous.”

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“I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood,” Damon told the outlet, leaving many to wonder exactly why he was just coming to this realization.Now, the Oscar winner is claiming that he has “never called anyone ‘f****t’ in my personal life” and elaborating on what he was trying to convey in the exchange.

“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,” Damon said in a statement provided to headtopics.com

People. “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. 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 never called anyone ‘f****t’ in my personal life and this conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening,” he continued. “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.’”

Damon concluded his message by saying, “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.” Read more: HuffPostWomen »

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