Matt Damon Only Recently Learned Not To Use the ‘F-Slur for a Homosexual’
Matt Damon surprised everyone today by admitting in an interview that until recently, he didn’t know the ‘F-slur’ was off-limits. Apparently, his daughter apprised the celebrity dad of the situation, expressed her frustration with him, and set him straight. See what we did there?
Matt Damon’s daughter left the table over it
In an interview published in UK’s The Sunday Times, Damon inexplicably admitted to using the “F-slur” in reference to homosexuality and only recently discovered that’s not OK. The Bourne Identity actor said he used “the most taboo term for gay people” in front of his daughters Isabella, Stella, and Gia, who are ages 15, 12, and 10.
So while he has a new movie, Stillwater, currently in theaters, his tone-deaf comments have overshadowed what would otherwise be a chance to highlight the film.
“The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application,” he told The Sunday Times. “I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table.”
That “treatise” was probably pretty important, but Damon brushed it off as a “joke.”
“I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie Stuck on You!’” the actor said, referencing his 2003 movie. “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.”
According to HuffPost, fans all over social media castigated Damon for his comments. They spoke out against Damon’s apparent cluelessness and sympathized with his daughter.
“So not only did this 50-year-old man need to be taught this, but he had to be taught by his daughter because, apparently, he was walking around saying it in front of her enough that she had to stop him,” one Twitter user wrote.
He has said questionable things about the LGTBTQ+ community before
In 2015, the public took Damon to task for implying that gay people should just remain in the closet when it comes to their careers. “I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” Damon told The Guardian. “But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you, period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
The comments stemmed from Damon discussing rumors of a relationship between himself and Good Will Hunting co-star Ben Affleck.
The misstep didn’t go unnoticed, and the actor was forced to address the comments in an interview on Ellen.
“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery,” the actor explained to host Ellen DeGeneres. “And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is, like, I mean, it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe. You know what I mean? And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe. Because in the blogosphere, there’s no penalty for just taking the ball and running with it.”
Ironically, Matt Damon has played gay characters in the past
Oddly, Damon has played gay characters to sympathetic perfection in the past. He was critically lauded for his role as Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson (opposite Michael Douglas) in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra. Particularly as a straight actor who has played a gay character, many expect better of the Hollywood veteran.
“By arguing that gay actors should keep their sexuality secret, Damon is in essence turning homosexuality into some sort of event or curio that should matter when an actor is being considered for a role,” wrote The Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon.