Matt Damon denies utilizing homophobic slur and says he stands with LGBTQ+ group after interview backlash | Ents & Arts Information

Matt Damon has reportedly denied utilizing the homophobic “F-slur” in his private life and says he stands with the LGBTQ+ group following a backlash to feedback he made in a latest interview.

The Hollywood actor, who’s at present starring within the movie Stillwater, has confronted criticism after saying the phrase was “generally used” when he was youthful and that when he repeated a “joke” made in his 2003 movie Caught On You in entrance of his daughter, she wrote about “how that phrase is harmful”.

After coming beneath hearth on social media, Damon launched an announcement clarifying his feedback to The Hollywood Reporter and Selection within the US, saying he doesn’t use “slurs of any variety” and the dialog he was referring to “was not a private awakening” however relatively a dialogue about how occasions have modified.

Matt Damon stars as Bill in Stillwater. Pic: Focus Features
Matt Damon stars as Invoice in Stillwater. Pic: Focus Options

“Throughout a latest interview, I recalled a dialogue I had with my daughter the place I tried to contextualise 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,” he mentioned.

“I defined that that phrase was used always 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.”

Damon mentioned that to his “admiration and delight”, his daughter was “extraordinarily articulate concerning the extent to which that phrase would have been painful to somebody within the LGBTQ+ group no matter how culturally normalised it was”.

The star mentioned he “not solely agreed together with her however [was] thrilled at her ardour, values and want for social justice”.

He continued: “I’ve by no means known 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 variety.

“I’ve discovered that eradicating prejudice requires lively motion towards justice relatively than discovering passive consolation in imagining myself ‘one of many good guys.’ And on condition that open hostility towards the LGBTQ+ group remains to be not unusual, I perceive why my assertion led many to imagine the worst.

“To be as clear as I may be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ group.”

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Damon’s ‘roughneck’ empathy in Stillwater

Amongst these criticising the 50-year-old for nonetheless utilizing the time period up till a couple of months in the past was actor and comic Billy Eichner, who wrote: “I wish to know what phrase Matt Damon has changed f***** with.”

Travon Free, one other US comic, added: “So Matt Damon simply discovered ‘months in the past’, by the use of a “treatise” from a baby, that he isn’t imagined to say the phrase f*****. Months in the past. Months in the past.”

Damon’s new movie Stillwater sees the star taking part in a father who flies to France to assist his estranged daughter, who has been convicted and imprisoned for murdering her girlfriend in a case that has generated lurid headlines – a narrative impressed by the conviction of Amanda Knox for the homicide of Meredith Kercher in Italy.

Knox has claimed the movie sensationalises her life and rips off her story “with out her consent” and “on the expense of her status”.

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