Matt Damon has issued a press release insisting that he has by no means referred to as anybody a homophobic slur in his “private life” following a latest interview during which he stated he had “retire[d] the f-slur” after getting told off by his daughter.
In a interview revealed by The Sunday Times, Damon associated an incident months in the past when he made a joke utilizing what his daughter described as “the f-slur for a gay”. His daughter criticised him for utilizing it and wrote “a really lengthy, stunning treatise on how that phrase is harmful”. Damon added, “I stated, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
Now, in a press release launched to Deadline, Damon has clarified that he has by no means used the slur in his “private life”. “This dialog with my daughter was not a private awakening,” he defined. “I don’t use slurs of any sort.”
The actor stated that in the course of the interview, he recalled a dialogue together with his daughter the place he “tried to contextualize for her the progress that has been made – although under no circumstances accomplished” since his early days rising up in Boston, when as a toddler he “heard the phrase ‘f**’ used on the road earlier than I knew what it even referred to”.
“I defined that that phrase was used continuously and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a film of mine as not too long ago as 2003,” he elaborated, “she in flip expressed incredulity that there might ever have been a time the place that phrase was used unthinkingly.
“To my admiration and delight, she was extraordinarily articulate concerning the extent to which that phrase would have been painful to somebody within the LGBTQ+ group no matter how culturally normalized it was. I not solely agreed together with her however thrilled at her ardour, values and want for social justice.”
Damon continued, “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 sort.”
The actor stated he has “realized that eradicating prejudice requires energetic motion towards justice somewhat than discovering passive consolation in imagining myself ‘one of many good guys’”, and that he understood why “[his] assertion led many to imagine the worst” on condition that “open hostility in opposition to the LGBTQ+ group continues to be not unusual”.
Damon concluded: “To be as clear as I may be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ group.”
Matt Damon in ‘Stillwater’, which releases within the UK on Aug 6. Credit score: Pictorial Press/Alamy.
Speaking to The Sunday Occasions, Damon stated that the joke was initially made in his 2003 movie Caught on You. Damon associated the incident after claiming issues he say are usually taken out of context extra now than within the early years of his profession.
“Twenty years in the past, the easiest way I can put it’s that the journalist listened to the music greater than the lyrics [of an interview],” he stated in the identical interview. “Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to drag them out of context and get the perfect headline potential.
“Earlier than it didn’t actually matter what I stated, as a result of it didn’t make the information. However possibly this shift is an effective factor. So I shut the fuck up extra.”
On Monday night (Aug 2), media monitoring organisation GLAAD issued a press release following the interview.
“The conversations which have arisen after Matt Damon’s unique interview and subsequent remarks at the moment are an essential reminder that this phrase, or any phrase that goals to disparage and disrespect LGBTQ individuals, has no place in mainstream media, social media, lecture rooms, workplaces, and past,” wrote GLAAD spokesperson Anthony Allen Ramos.
“There must be accountability at a time when anti-LGBTQ slurs stay rampant at the moment and may gasoline discrimination and stereotypes, particularly when utilized by these exterior of the group to defame or describe LGBTQ individuals.”
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