Matt Damon Was Still Saying ‘F*gg*t’ Until 2021?

In a recent interview to promote his new film, Stillwater, Oscar winner Matt Damon shared that, up until a few months ago, he had still been using the homophobic slur “faggot.”

“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 Sunday Times. “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!’”

“She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous,” he continued.” I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”

The Bourne action movie star was relating the personal anecdote to the ongoing evolution of language in the media which, he says, has taught him to “shut the fuck up more.”

Although, I’m not sure he shut up soon enough.

You may recall that in 2015 he urged gay actors to stay in the closet, because audiences should not know actors’ sexualities. That was after playing gay in Behind the Candelabra and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

To be honest, I don’t think Damon is an ‘enemy’ of the LGBTQ community. We’ve certainly got bigger things to worry about. But it’s a bit of a head-scratcher that in the year 2021 Damon wouldn’t know the word was an ugly slur. And, that it took a teenager to update his vocabulary.


Comedian Billy Eichner, like others on social media, was bemused but not amused: