While promoting his newest film Stillwater, Matt Damon spilled information about himself that he may have believed would show his growth but instead ignited anger among his Hollywood peers.
Matt Damon's Usage Of Homophobic Slur
The Good Will Hunting star Matt Damon told The Sunday Times about why he recently stopped using the historically cruel homophobic word "f****t." The word famously came to prominence to ostracize and degrade the gay community. He, like countless others, used the word as an insult in casual conversation or as he said it was "commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application."
He described how one of his three daughters felt personally affected and disappointed when he used the word as an insult in front of her. He explained, "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!'"
His bold daughter was clearly affected by her father's continued use of a historically painful term so "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 brought up this scenario on his own while describing his new film Stillwater and how masculinity has changed over the years. He was explaining what it was like for him when the news about his old friend film producer and sexual predator Harvey Weinstein came to light. Matt said, "As the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night."
In the same interview, he made it known how risky speaking openly to the press is. "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]. 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."
Now countless fellow Hollywood stars and fans of his are upset that the famously "good guy" actor was still using the outdated word in front of his children in 2021. Actor Billy Eichner Tweeted out: "I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with."
On top of this information he revealed, Amanda Knox has been openly frustrated with the production of his film that seemingly fictionalizes and incorrectly represents her 2007 false murder accusation in Italy. Will promotion for his new film Stillwater be dead in the water?