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Parents can sometimes learn a lot from their children; case in point, Matt Damon and his daughter…
The 50-year-old actor and former Harvard student admitted that he still used the outdated and offensive “f slur” when referring to gay men until just a few months ago when his daughter opened his eyes and told him how unacceptable it is.
In a candid interview with The Sunday Times, the actor and father-of-four-daughters explained that he immediately stopped using the slur after one of his daughters educated him on how “dangerous” it is…
“I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter,” he told the publication.
“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.”
He went on to say that he didn’t realize it was offensive because it was “commonly used” when he was younger, and also referenced how it was used in the 2003 comedy Stuck on You, which he starred in.
We’re glad to see that Matt Damon will no longer be using the offensive “f slur”, although many other people – including some very famous faces – aren’t that impressed with his realization, which some suggest is too little too late…
“So Matt Damon just figured out ‘months ago’, by way of a ‘treatise’ from a child, that he’s not supposed to say the [F-]word,” American comedian, actor and writer Travon Free, who identifies as bi or queer, wrote.
“I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced [the word] with,” actor Billy Eichner added.
“As a member of the press, I like when celebrities talk to the press, but it’s always illuminating to hear the stories that folks like Liam Neeson or Matt Damon think are humanizing and charming, but actually reveal insulation and isolation (among other unsavory stuff) instead,” Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg said.
Sure, Matt Damon probably should have stopped using the homophobic slur a very long time ago (although if we’re being pedantic, it should never have been used!) but we’re glad that he has officially erased it from his vocabulary.
Better late than never, we guess…