In The Sunday Times interview, Matt spoke about the differences between his generation compared to Gen Z and other age groups.
“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 newspaper. “I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table.”
Initially, he defended himself: “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 explained. “I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
Matt’s comments spread like wildfire, with celebrities such as Billy Eichner, Dear White People’s showrunner Jaclyn Moore and many others weighing in on the controversy.