'Matt Damon is Dumb': Actor's 'F*****' Admission Sparks Widespread Derision

Matt Damon has come under fire on Twitter, after revealing in a newly-published interview that he stopped using the homophobic slur "f*****" just months ago.

The actor, 50, told The Sunday Times that he conceded his use of the "f-slur" was unacceptable, after one of his daughters voiced her objections.

"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. "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. I said, 'I retire the f-slur!' I understood."

Damon's comments were soon met with derision on social media, with a number of Twitter users expressing shock at the star admitting to continuing use of a word widely known to be a slur until recently.

Activist and writer Charlotte Clymer shared on Twitter: "This news bit about Matt Damon only recently deciding to stop saying 'f*****' after his daughter wrote him a 'treatise' on it just makes me sad. Geez.

"This is the kind of thing forces me to wonder how much homophobic and transphobic s*** 'progressive' white cis straight men say behind our backs, and that just really sucks."

Answering those defending Damon, Clymer continued: "Some of y'all are acting like I'm calling for a boycott or something. You do want you want. I mean, it's nice he figured out an anti-gay slur is anti-gay, but I feel sad it took him this long. And it's okay for me to feel that way. Please don't ask me to feel otherwise."

"I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f***** with," wrote actor Billy Eichner as he reacted to the controversial interview.

The Hollywood Reporter's chief television critic Daniel Fienberg referenced the backlash Liam Neeson received, when he revealed in a 2019 interview that he once wanted to kill a Black man as revenge for his friend's sexual assault.

Responding to the suggestion that celebrities aren't obliged to speak to journalists, Fienberg said: "As a member of the press, I like when celebrities talk to the press, but it's always illuminating to hear the stories that folks like Liam Neeson or Matt Damon think are humanizing and charming, but actually reveal insulation and isolation (among other unsavory stuff) instead."

I want to know what word Matt Damon has replaced f****t with.

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) August 1, 2021

As a member of the press, I like when celebrities talk to the press, but it's always illuminating to hear the stories that folks like Liam Neeson or Matt Damon think are humanizing and charming, but actually reveal insulation and isolation (among other unsavory stuff) instead. https://t.co/OZzDlyW72O

— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) August 1, 2021

meanwhile Ben Affleck just shuts up and cashes his Bennifer checks like a good boy

— Molly Lambert 🦔 (@mollylambert) August 1, 2021

This is the kind of thing forces me to wonder how much homophobic and transphobic shit "progressive" white cis straight men say behind our backs, and that just really sucks.

— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) August 1, 2021

Wrote @mattxiv: "the funniest part of the matt damon interview is when he says that 'f*****' meant something different when he was a kid bc bro no it didn't."

Questioning why Damon would even told the story in the first place, Vulture music critic Craig Jenkins said: "why would matt damon freely share that lol."

Another Twitter user responded to Jenkins: "Because he's human-& a good guy-so to express how we can all grow. If one is not aware cause one doesn't use it in an angry or derogatory sense coupled with it being common placed where one might have grown up... it might take a slap in the face to understand why it ain't cool."

Apparently not swayed by the argument presented, Jenkins quipped: "fell asleep and woke up to dozens of replies like this and i might log back off."

Writer and podcaster Molly Lambert shared a lengthy thread in reaction to the interview, writing: "holy god Matt Damon is dumb."

Referring to Damon's best friend Ben Affleck's recently rekindled romance with Jennifer Lopez, Lambert went on: "meanwhile Ben Affleck just shuts up and cashes his Bennifer checks like a good boy."

"So Matt Damon just figured out 'months ago,' by way of a "treatise" from a child, that he's not supposed to say the word f*****. Months ago. Months ago," said actor and writer Travon Free.

So Matt Damon just figured out "months ago", by way of a "treatise" from a child, that he's not supposed to say the word f*ggot.

Months ago.

Months ago. pic.twitter.com/g8MRR39yVR

— Travon Free (@Travon) August 1, 2021

fell asleep and woke up to dozens of replies like this and i might log back off https://t.co/7bMXQGEkfD

— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) August 2, 2021

I’ve lost some respect for Matt Damon for two reasons:

1. Being a 51-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. pic.twitter.com/WtudX2fGtb

— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 1, 2021

the funniest part of the matt damon interview is when he says that “f*ggot” meant something different when he was a kid bc bro no it didn’t pic.twitter.com/6tMEKVTssN

— matt (@mattxiv) August 1, 2021

Meanwhile, Deven Green stated: "I've lost some respect for Matt Damon for two reasons: 1. Being a 51-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."

Ironically, Damon's revelation about his use of the homophobic slur came as he spoke about the criticism he had faced in 2017 for his choice of phrasing while speaking about the sexual assault allegations Harvey Weinstein faced.

At the time, Damon said that "as the father of four daughters" such "sexual predation that keeps me up at night." Critics soon spoke out, saying that he should object to such behavior as a human, rather than just a father.

Looking back on the reaction, Damon told The Sunday Times: "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]. 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*** up more."

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Matt Damon attends the "Stillwater" New York Premiere at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 26, 2021 in New York City. The actor has been derided on social media, after revealing he stopped using a homophobic slur just months ago. Theo Wargo/Getty Images