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Matt Damon has explained why he's stopped using a homophobic slur.
The Hollywood star said he didn't see a problem saying the word f****t when he was talking to people until his daughter pulled him up on it.
Speaking to The Times, the Good Will Hunting actor said he used the slur when telling a joke at the family dinner table and it didn't go down well with one of his children.
He and his wife have three daughters aged between 10 to 15 and Matt is a stepfather to his wife's 22-year-old daughter.
The joke didn't go down well with one of them and they weren't going to let their dad keep using a word that is offensive.
"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 told The 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!'," Damon said.
"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."
The revelation has sparked a pretty furious backlash from people on social media who were shocked it took an essay from his young daughter to realise a word that has been problematic for decades...is problematic.
The word was originally used as an insult to women, particularly older women.
It's believed the word then crossed the gender divide and started being used for gay men as a way to make a dig at femininity.
Some gay and queer men have tried to reclaim the word so that it can't be used as a slur, however it's still deemed to be one of the most offensive things you can say to a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
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