Matt Damon Finally Realizes It's 2021, Vows To Stop Using the 'F-Word'

Monday August 2, 2021

Matt Damon
Matt Damon  (Source:Associated Press)

Matt Damon may have the reputation of being a Hollywood nice guy, but how nice would he seem if you overheard a conversation with him and his daughter during which he often dropped the word "faggot"?

In a case of a preciously-spinned story that seems horribly wrong, Damon admitted that he has used the slur when joking with his daughters up until recently, confessing that he only stopped at the insistence of his daughter, who somehow got through to him that he wasn't talking about a British cigarette.

"The word that my daughter calls the 'f-slur for a 'homosexual' was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application," Damon told the London Times. (The story sits behind a firewall.)

"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 recounts the moment. "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."

In the Farrelly Brothers comedy, Damon played one-half of conjoined twins (with Greg Kinnear) who at one point says, "You fag," in response to a song choice that his twin makes on a jukebox.

"You know what they say: You can take the Masshole out of Boston, but you can't take the Boston out of the Masshole," observes Rebecca Alter for Vulture.

Imagine the headlines if Damon had been using the N-word? But the biggest question is why, in the midst of 'cancel' culture, he so casually dropped the story in an interview with the London Times, which has since been reported on by numerous sources, including the Daily Mail and CNN.

Perhaps he should have heeded his own words from an interview he gave with The Guardian in 2015 in which he suggested that LGBTQ actors should not divulge their sexuality.

"I think you're a better actor the less people know about you period," Damon explained. "And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you're straight or gay, people shouldn't know anything about your sexuality because that's one of the mysteries that you should be able to play."

He also addressed how he and Ben Affleck were speculated to be a couple during the release of "Good Will Hunting" in 2000. "It's just like any piece of gossip ... and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? Which was then really deeply offensive. I don't want to, like, [imply] it's some sort of disease — then it's like I'm throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy — more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor — it's tough to make the argument that he didn't take a hit for being out."

Also in 2015, Damon apologized for comments he made on the HBO show "Project Greenlight" when he admonished the show consultant producer Effie Brown ("Dear White People") for making "a case that a script dealing with sensitive subjects like prostitution should have a diverse directing team behind it," to which "Damon responded that diversity should be handled in 'the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show,'" as EDGE previously reported.

What is little-known about that incident is that Brown told the Hollywood Reporter last year how the confrontation nearly canceled her career.

"After I did 'Project Greenlight' — and this is no secret — I suffered a huge backlash. I didn't work for a while. People didn't want to work with me because I spoke truth to power. People who speak up are usually marginalized and pushed back, called difficult, confrontational, you name it. I spoke up and got summarily smacked back down. I did not get embraced with open arms, nor did it work in my favor ... at first."

Social media immediately responded with comments on the seemingly clueless nature of Damon's recent revelation — see the tweets below: