Matt Damon is asserting that he has by no means used the “f-slur” and that he stands “with the LGBTQ+ community” after the “Stillwater” actor admitted in an interview that he solely lately stopped utilizing the phrase.
“During a recent interview, I recalled a discussion I had with my daughter where I attempted to contextualize for her the progress that has been made – though by no means completed – since I was growing up in Boston and, as a child, heard the word ‘f–’ used on the street before I knew what it even referred to,” he stated in an announcement to TheWrap. “I explained that that word was used constantly and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a movie of mine as recently as 2003; she in turn expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly. To my admiration and pride, she was extremely articulate about the extent to which that word would have been painful to someone in the LGBTQ+ community regardless of how culturally normalized it was.”
In an interview with the U.Ok.’s Sunday Times, Damon admitted that he solely lately stopped utilizing the “the f-slur for a homosexual” after his daughter wrote a “treatise” on why utilizing the phrase to consult with folks, homosexual or in any other case, is unacceptable. The Boston-born main man stated the “f-slur for a homosexual” was “commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application.”
LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD stated in an announcement that Damon’s remarks and the response to them served as a reminder that the necessity for accountability relating to anti-LGBTQ slurs stays.
“The conversations that have arisen after Matt Damon’s original interview and subsequent remarks today are an important reminder that this word, or any word that aims to disparage and disrespect LGBTQ people, has no place in mainstream media, social media, classrooms, workplaces, and beyond,” GLAAD head of expertise Anthony Allen Ramos stated in an announcement. “There needs to be accountability at a time when anti-LGBTQ slurs remain rampant today and can fuel discrimination and stereotypes, especially when used by those outside of the community to defame or describe LGBTQ people.”
Damon was the goal of many memes in addition to pointed criticism as many individuals on-line questioned each why he determined to share this info — and likewise why he was nonetheless utilizing such a derogatory time period in 2021.
Openly homosexual comic Billy Eichner joked that he desires to know which phrase Damon is utilizing now as a substitute of the f-slur. “I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with,” Eichner tweeted Sunday.
Damon added in his assertion: “And given that open hostility against the LGBTQ+ community is still not uncommon, I understand why my statement led many to assume the worst. To be as clear as I can be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ community.”
Read Damon’s full assertion beneath.
“During a latest interview, I recalled a dialogue I had with my daughter the place I tried to contextualize for her the progress that has been made – although in no way accomplished – since I used to be rising up in Boston and, as a baby, heard the phrase ‘f-g’ used on the road earlier than I knew what it even referred to. I defined that that phrase was used continually and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a film of mine as lately as 2003; she in flip expressed incredulity that there may ever have been a time the place that phrase was used unthinkingly. To my admiration and satisfaction, she was extraordinarily articulate in regards to the extent to which that phrase would have been painful to somebody within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood no matter how culturally normalized it was. I not solely agreed together with her however thrilled at her ardour, values and need for social justice. I’ve by no means referred to as anybody ‘f—-t’ in my private life and this dialog with my daughter was not a private awakening. I don’t use slurs of any form….
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