, a famous father
of daughters, had to be taught not to use homophobic slurs by his children
just a few months ago.
For some reason, the “Stillwater
” star revealed this information in a new interview
with The Sunday Times, where he reflected on changing definitions of masculinity in Hollywood
and his numerous media gaffes.
The Oscar winner, who has three daughters with wife
Luciana Barroso, revealed that he used the word "faggot" during a recent meal with his family
, much to the chagrin of one of his children, who are 15, 12, and 10 years old.
“The word that my daughter refers to as the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application,” he told the outlet. “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!"'” Damon continued, referring to the much-maligned 2003 film
— yes, a film that came out nearly 20 years ago. "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."
found his admission particularly vexing, given that he is a 50-year-old man living in 2021.
“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,” comedian
Travon Free tweeted.
“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 so much that she had to stop him,” another Twitter
“I’m around Damon’s age + I’ve known this word was a slur since my teens
. Pretty incredible amount of privilege
to *just* realize it now,” another user wrote.
This isn't the first time Damon has put his foot in his mouth when it comes to the LGBTQ community
; during a disastrous press tour in 2015, he casually advocated for gay actors
to remain in the closet.
In a later interview with Ellen DeGeneres
, he claimed that his remarks had been misconstrued, saying that he was "just trying to say actors are more effective when they're a mystery
Despite the fact that his careless remarks can quickly become international news
, Damon appears to have not learned his lesson.
Using an unusual analogy, he stated, "Twenty years ago, the journalist
listened to the music
more than the lyrics [of an interview], but now your lyrics are being parsed, to pull them out of context and get the best headline possible."
“Before, it didn’t really matter what I said because it didn’t make the news,” he continued, “but maybe this shift is a good thing, so I shut up more.”