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‘I Stand With The LGBTQ+ Community’: Matt Damon Backtracks On His F-Slur Controversy

Just the other day Matt Damon faced the wrath of the internet for revealing his casual use of the f*g slur for homosexuals. But now he has an explanation.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Damon said his daughter gave him a treatise for using the slur.

The Background

The actor recently said, “I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie ‘Stuck on You!’’ She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.

As a Boston kid, Matt was familiar with the word since it was being used in every nook and corner but he never knew the exact meaning of the slur. After netizens began criticizing Matt for ‘recently’ retiring from using the F-slur, he issued a new statement.

What Did He Say Now?

Sending his explanation to many US tabloids and also talking to entertainment website Variety, Matt Damon said the following:

“During a recent interview, I recalled a discussion I had with my daughter where I attempted to contextualise 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,” he said.


“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 normalised it was. I not only agreed with her but thrilled at her passion, values and desire for social justice.”

Matt’s View On The LGBTQ+ Community

He further added in the statement that: “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.”

What do you think about the entire explanation from the actor? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Shaheer is passionate about living a life seeking un-ending knowledge, philomath, as you may think of him. He's a student of Finance and a keen observer of Business and Indian-Political scenario who takes pleasure to pen down his views and opinions on the same. As his guiding mantra to life, ‘Come what may , life goes on’ helps.

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