For some motive, the “Stillwater” actor volunteered this info in a brand new interview with The Sunday Times, wherein he ruminated on the altering definitions of masculinity in Hollywood and his numerous media missteps.
The Oscar-winner, who has three daughters with spouse Luciana Barroso, revealed that in a latest meal together with his household, he stated the phrase “faggot,” a lot to the dismay of one in all his youngsters, who’re aged 15, 12 and 10.
“The phrase that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a gay’ was generally used once I was a child, with a special utility,” he instructed the outlet. “I made a joke, months in the past, and received a treatise from my daughter. She left the desk.”
“I stated, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it within the film “Caught on You!”’” Damon continued, referencing the much-derided 2003 movie — sure, a film that got here out practically 20 years in the past. “She went to her room and wrote a really lengthy, stunning treatise on how that phrase is harmful. I stated, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
His admission struck many followers as notably irritating, given that he’s a 50-year-old man residing within the yr 2021.
“So Matt Damon simply found out ‘months in the past’, by the use of a ‘treatise’ from a toddler, that he’s not imagined to say the phrase f*ggot,” comic Travon Free wrote on Twitter.
“So not solely did this 50-year-old man should be taught this, however he needed to be taught by his daughter as a result of, apparently, he was strolling round saying it in entrance of her sufficient that she needed to cease him,” one other Twitter person added. “Trash.”
“I’m across the identical age as Damon + I’ve identified this phrase was a slur since my teenagers. Fairly unbelievable quantity of privilege to *simply* notice it now,” a special particular person wrote.
This isn’t the primary time Damon has put his foot in his mouth in relation to the LGBTQ group. On a disastrous press tour in 2015, he flippantly argued in favor of gay actors staying in the closet.
In a later interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he claimed his feedback had been mischaracterized, saying that he was “simply attempting to say actors are simpler after they’re a thriller.”
And but, Damon seemingly has but to be taught his lesson — even whereas reflecting on how his inconsiderate remarks can shortly turn out to be worldwide information.
Utilizing a weird analogy, he stated, “Twenty years in the past, one of the best ways I can put it’s that the journalist listened to the music greater than the lyrics [of an interview]. Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to tug them out of context and get the perfect headline attainable.”
“Earlier than it didn’t actually matter what I stated, as a result of it didn’t make the information,” he continued. However perhaps this shift is an effective factor. So I shut the fuck up extra.”
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