Matt Damon is responding to backlash he obtained over the weekend after he says remarks from an interview have been taken out of context.
The “Stillwater” actor, 50, clarified an concept that he had solely simply stopped utilizing the “f-slur” after he was admonished by certainly one of his daughters. Damon is quoted in a Sunday Instances interview as saying the offensive slur was “generally used once I was a child, with a unique utility.”
He maintained that his daughter had truly written him a “treatise” on “how that phrase is harmful.”
Now, in a memorandum to Selection, Damon rigorously clarified his statements and firmly pressed that he has by no means used the phrase in his “private life” and doesn’t “use slurs of any form.”
“Throughout 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 on no account 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,” Damon mentioned within the assertion.
“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 might ever have been a time the place that phrase was used unthinkingly,” he continued. “To my admiration and delight, 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 want for social justice.”
The “Departed” actor persists that he had “by no means referred to as anybody ‘f****t’ in my private life and this dialog with my daughter was not a private awakening,” including, “I don’t use slurs of any form.”
“I’ve discovered that eradicating prejudice requires energetic motion towards justice reasonably than discovering passive consolation in imagining myself ‘one of many good guys’” he states. “And provided that open hostility in opposition to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood remains to be not unusual, I perceive why my assertion led many to imagine the worst. To be as clear as I could be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.”
Within the Instances sit-down, Damon mentioned he and his daughter have been engaged in a constructive dialog mere months in the past about shifts in fashionable masculinity and the way it interprets to his occupation as a performer.
“She left the desk. I mentioned, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it within the film ‘Caught on You!’” Damon defined. “She went to her room and wrote a really lengthy, lovely treatise on how that phrase is harmful. I mentioned, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
Damon didn’t specify which of his 4 daughters along with his spouse, Luciana Barroso, was the one to pen the treatise that persuaded him to alter his vocabulary. He has three daughters Isabella, 15, Gia, 12, and Stella, 10. Damon can also be dad to stepdaughter Alexia, 23, who Barroso had from a earlier relationship.
A rep for Damon didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
Fox Information’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.