Matt Damon has revealed that he's retired the "F-slur" after his daughter told him to and criticised him for using the offensive term.
The fifty-year-old revealed in an interview with The Sunday Times that he recently stopped using the homophobic slur after he made a "joke" and his daughter asked him not to.
The actor said in the interview, published after the release of his latest film Stillwater, that his daughter "left the table" after he used the slur to which he responded: "Come on, that's a joke! I say it in the movie Stuck on You!"
"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 said in the interview. "I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter."
"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."
As per the Independent, Damon's revelation came after he acknowledged that his quotes are pointed out by news outlets more now, than what they were when his career launched almost thirty years ago.
He explained the situation as, a journalist previously listening to "the music more than the lyrics."
"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]," he said. "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**k up more."
Since revealing that he has only recently stopped using the homophobic slur, Damon has been slammed by fans and, even celebrities.
I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) August 1, 2021
Billie Eichner hit back at Damon on Twitter, writing: "I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with."
"The fact that Matt Damon's daughter had to explain to him that saying a slur is wrong is insane," said one person.
"I've lost some respect for Matt Damon for two reasons: 1. Being a fifty-one-year-old Harvard-educated person who only realized using homophobic slurs was a bad thing *months* ago; and 2. Being foolish enough to think that was a cute story he should share with the world," added a third.
What do you think about the actor's confession to using such a derogatory term?