Cognitive 'Twisties'? Matt Damon Now Claims He's Never Used the 'F-Slur' in His Personal Life

Tuesday August 3, 2021

Matt Damon
Matt Damon  (Source:Associated Press)

When Olympian Simone Biles experienced the "twisties," she described it as feeling like she "literally can not tell up from down."

Is Matt Damon suffering from a case of cognitive "twisties?" It would appear so after he attempted to clarify his remarks to London's Sunday Times this past weekend in which he revealed he'd stopped using the offensive "F-slur" after being admonished by his daughter.

In a statement to Variety, Damon stated "he has never used the word in his 'personal life' and does not 'use slurs of any kind.'" The site added, "He also affirmed that he understands why the interview 'led many to assume the worst.'"

"During a recent interview, I recalled a discussion I had with my daughter where I attempted to contextualize for her the progress that has been made — though by no means completed — since I was growing up in Boston and, as a child, heard the word 'f*g' used on the street before I knew what it even referred to," Damon continues in his statement. "I explained that that word was used constantly and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a movie of mine as recently as 2003; she in turn expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly.

"To my admiration and pride, she was extremely articulate about the extent to which that word would have been painful to someone in the LGBTQ+ community regardless of how culturally normalized it was. I not only agreed with her but thrilled at her passion, values and desire for social justice."

The actor added: "I have never called anyone 'f****t' in my personal life and this conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening. I do not use slurs of any kind. I have learned that eradicating prejudice requires active movement toward justice rather than finding passive comfort in imagining myself 'one of the good guys'. And given that open hostility against the LGBTQ+ community is still not uncommon, I understand why my statement led many to assume the worst. To be as clear as I can be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ community."

Damon told the Times that he'd heard the "F-slur" often as a kid, but it had a different application then.

On Twitter, however, his statement about the meaning of the word in the 1980s was called out.

Damon added: "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 has yet to release his daughter's letter, which has led to some users, like the one below, to reimagine the note on Twitter. (Please note: This is a parody.)

In response to Damon's admissions, GLAAD's Head of Talent Anthony Allen Ramos issued the following statement from the organization: "The conversations that have arisen after Matt Damon's original interview and subsequent remarks today are an important reminder that this word, or any word that aims to disparage and disrespect LGBTQ people, has no place in mainstream media, social media, classrooms, workplaces, and beyond. There needs to be accountability at a time when anti-LGBTQ slurs remain rampant today and can fuel discrimination and stereotypes, especially when used by those outside of the community to defame or describe LGBTQ people."

On Twitter, though, no one was buying Damon's explanation. One Twitter user even posted Connie Britton's defense of white men as a new oppressed minority on HBO's "The White Lotus."

"But he's a straight, white male," Britton wrote. "And nobody has any sympathy for them right now. And I feel like we should."

Others chimed in on Twitter as well — see their responses below: