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After uproar, Matt Damon insists he’s ‘never called anyone’ an anti-gay slur

Matt Damon is doing injury management after an unsolicited confession relating to a homophobic slur ignited outrage on Twitter this week.

In a press release offered Monday to the Los Angeles Instances, the Oscar-winning actor clarified that he has “by no means known as anybody” an anti-gay time period, despite previously admitting — unprovoked — to the Sunday Instances that he stopped utilizing “the f-slur for a gay” solely months in the past at his daughter’s behest.

“I’ve by no means known as anybody ‘f—’ in my private life and this dialog with my daughter was not a private awakening,” Damon stated in his assertion.

“I don’t use slurs of any type. I’ve realized that eradicating prejudice requires energetic motion towards justice quite than discovering passive consolation in imagining myself ‘one of many good guys.’ And provided that open hostility in opposition to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood remains to be not unusual, I perceive why my assertion led many to imagine the worst. To be as clear as I could be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.”

The “Stillwater” star‘s newest remarks come on the heels of immense public scrutiny of his buzzy Sunday Instances interview. In dialog with the London publication, Damon voluntarily divulged that he just lately used the aforementioned slur whereas joking round together with his daughter.

Regardless of his makes an attempt to justify his habits (“Come on, that’s a joke! I say it within the film ‘Caught on You!’”), his unamused daughter proceeded to jot down “a really lengthy, lovely treatise on how that phrase is harmful” — prompting Damon to formally “retire the f-slur.”

“Throughout a current interview, I recalled a dialogue I had with my daughter the place I tried to contextualize for her the progress that has been made — although under no circumstances accomplished — since I used to be rising up in Boston and, as a toddler, heard the phrase ‘f—’ used on the road earlier than I knew what it even referred to,” Damon stated in his newest assertion.

“I defined that that phrase was used continually and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a film of mine as just lately as 2003; she in flip expressed incredulity that there may ever have been a time the place that phrase was used unthinkingly.”

After the Sunday Instances profile dropped, Damon quickly started trending on Twitter, which roasted him mercilessly for the admission completely nobody requested for.

To a lesser diploma, a number of additionally blasted him for mourning the “dying breed” of main males in Hollywood, “adjustments in trendy masculinity” and “the best way cinema is altering” — all in the identical eyebrow-raising interview.

“To my admiration and delight, [my daughter] was extraordinarily articulate concerning the extent to which that phrase would have been painful to somebody within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood no matter how culturally normalized it was,” Damon continued in his Monday assertion.

“I not solely agreed together with her however thrilled at her ardour, values and want for social justice.”

Instances workers author Josh Rottenberg contributed to this report.



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