Actor Matt Damon said his daughter taught him "months ago" not to use the “f-slur for a homosexual,” which he has vowed not to say anymore.
Damon said one of his daughters got up from the meal and left.
“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 Times, according to HuffPost.
“I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table,” he added.
The actor said he contended that it was “a joke” but then conceded to retiring the word.
“I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie “Stuck on You!” '" Damon told the newspaper, according to HuffPost, referencing a 2003 film.
“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,” he added.
Damon’s story was not well-received among some on social media, with a number of people questioning why the 50-year-old actor was just now recognizing the issues associated with using the “f-slur for a homosexual.”
Television writer Travon Free, for example, derided the actor on Twitter, emphasizing that the incident happened “months ago.”
So Matt Damon just figured out "months ago", by way of a "treatise" from a child, that he's not supposed to say the word f*ggot.— Travon Free (@Travon) August 1, 2021
Months ago. pic.twitter.com/g8MRR39yVR
Damon has a history of sparking criticism over his comments about the LGBTQ community, at one point in 2015 arguing that gay actors should stay in the closet, HuffPost noted.
He later clarified in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, however, that his comments were mischaracterized, arguing that he was “just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery,” HuffPost noted.
Damon also reflected on how coverage of his words have changed over the years, concluding that he should “shut the f--- up more.”
“Twenty years ago, the best way I can put it is that the journalist listened to the music more than the lyrics [of an interview],” Damon said, according to Variety.
“Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to pull them out of context and get the best headline possible. Everyone needs clicks. Before it didn’t really matter what I said, because it didn’t make the news. But maybe this shift is a good thing. So I shut the f--- up more,” he added.
The Hill reached out to a representative for Damon for comment.
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