Matt Damon wants his fans to know that he just stopped using homophobic slurs a few months ago after he was confronted by his daughter.
The “Stillwater” actor volunteered this information in a new interview with The Sunday Times, in which he shared his thoughts on the changing definitions of masculinity in Hollywood and his numerous media blunders.
The father of three daughters revealed that during a recent meal with his family, he used what the outlet noted is “the most taboo term for gay people” much to the dismay of one of his children, who are aged 15, 12 and 10.
“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 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. “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.”
Damon’s surprising admission provoked plenty of criticisms online.
“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 wrote on Twitter.
“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,” another Twitter user added. “Trash.”
“I’m around the same age as Damon + I’ve known this word was a slur since my teens. Pretty incredible amount of privilege to *just* realize it now,” a different person wrote.