Matt Damon has issued a follow-up to his admission that he “‘[retired] the F-slur’” recently, elaborating that he’s never used the word against anyone and that he does “not use slurs of any kind.”
“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 wrote in a statement via the Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Damon’s statement wound down, “I have never called anyone ‘f—-t’ in my personal life and this conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening. 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.’ 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.”
The movie in question was “Stuck on You,” in which Damon and Greg Kinnear play conjoined twins.
The A-lister didn’t shed any light on which of his daughter’s authored the “treatise.” He has three — Isabella, 15, Gia, 12, and Stella, 10 — with wife Luciana Barroso, and is also stepfather to Barroso’s 22-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
Damon’s other point in the original interview — that he’s learned to “shut the f–k up more” — continues to acquire levels of irony as of this writing.