What’s wrong with the word faggot?

Matt Damon has reportedly denied using a well-known homophobic slur “in his personal life”, after being widely criticized for revealing in a recent interview that he “retired” the term after his daughter told him it was unacceptable.

The Oscar-winning actor had told the Sunday Times that the word “was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application”.

He said his daughter had taken him to task after he used the word in a joke “months ago”. “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,” he said in the interview.

What are we to call that pile of sticks looking like unbundled fasces? Or, indeed, that porky, liverish, meaty treat from Mr. Brains?

21 thoughts on “What’s wrong with the word faggot?”

  1. Real food. And we still have butchers here in the West Country that can produce excellent examples.

  2. One does feel that the stake and the faggots would be an excellent solution for people who insist on fussing about this.

  3. I indeed have Mr Brains regularly. I wonder to avoid confusion, whether we could substitute fardels? – its in hamlet 2b or not 2b .. most people know bodkin but fardels seem to have dropped out of use. You’re welcome Matt.

    incidentally this is not a win for daughter or father. In contrast. I liked the victoria mitchell coren one. When her 5 year old corrected her reference to the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, and that he was not actually an emperor. Vicky chortled at the precociousness but disagreed. The daughter was insistent. So they looked it up and to her horror the daughter was right. That’s how to put parents in their place, with facts and logic. And its win win because Vicky learnt something.

  4. Bloke in The Wash

    There’s a pile of faggots in my woodshed. There’s also tinder, possibly the other fire-wood related pun in existence…

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    Presumably the f word is going to be link the n word where it’s OK for those within the community to use it but not those outside.

    More cultural apartheid.

  6. He should have taken her out of whatever Marxist shithole school she is wasting her time and his money in.

  7. When I was a child, correcting an adult brought swift, painful reminder of one’s place in the hierarchy.

    Being right or wrong is not the issue, it’s about good manners… even between adults.

    More fool Matt Demon allowing his child to control his speech. Recounting the story publicly = virtue signalling.

  8. She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous.

    Lol, gay.

    I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’

    And then a shaft of sparkly pink light illuminated him in queer and nonbinary splendour, and a choir of heavenly faggots descended to serenade him with angelic renditions of Jimmy Somerville songs, and faggot Albert Einstein handed him $10 and told him “Ocean’s Twelve” was good. And then everyone clapped.

  9. “ 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,” he said in the interview.”
    I’ll take things that didn’t happen for $100 please. Virtue signalling, made up bollocks. And he’s now being criticised for it. Good.

  10. Home-made faggots and a pint of Batham’s at “The Bull and Bladder” in Brierley Hill… Food of the Gods!

  11. Let us not forget that, less than a decade ago, Matt Damon was satirised as a representative of the censorious “Film Actors’ Guild”. Team America: World Police would presumably be considered problematic now.

    This period probably represents the first time in history a generation has scandalised both the one before it and the one after.

  12. FWIW you can have a post removed from the bork of Feces for going “against community standards” if you say something like:

    When I was a child I loved eating faggots

    Americans have no clue that words can have different meanings across the pond.

  13. When I was a child I loved eating faggots.

    Me too, but I had some last year (Mr Brains) and really didn’t like them, the texture was all wrong. Has the recipe changed, have I become too sophisticated and spoilt by a diet of quails eggs and swans’ necks ?

  14. I think i’ve only ever had Mr Brains ones and have to say texture (soft but not gooey)is half of the reason i like’em. I reckon that’s why they have to be oven cooked, they’ll crumble into the sauce otherwise. If i had a fault its the gravy. I mean i like it but i can imagine better- and that’s where the homemade possibly will have the advantage.

  15. I wonder to avoid confusion, whether we could substitute fardels? – its in hamlet 2b or not 2b .. most people know bodkin but fardels seem to have dropped out of use.

    It’s usually omitted from the soliloquy, because hardly anyone knows what a fardel is. Ed Reardon’s great novel is: “Who Would Fardels Bear?”

  16. oh! i don’t like it when they do that. i mean not at the famous bits, can’t they put a glossary in the programme? Also disliked it when they chopped up opener when gandalf played Richard III in the 90s film.

  17. It’s actually worse as she said she refused to believe there was ever a time the word was wifey used and considered acceptable in every day language.
    The failure to understand history and how things change and why is one of the biggest issues with the current woke youth.
    I rewatched the godfather recently and there’s a scene where a film producers reels of a list of offensive terms for Italians and when pointed out the person is German/Irish just adds a number of offensive terms for those 2 groups
    The difference is all those groups don’t whine for years and years after the terms stopped being used

  18. Gonzales : There is one question, Inspector Callahan: Why do they call you “Dirty Harry”?

    De Georgio : Ah that’s one thing about our Harry, doesn’t play any favorites! Harry hates everybody: Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, Honkies, Chinks, you name it.

    Gonzales : How does he feel about Mexicans?

    De Georgio : Ask him.

    Harry Callahan : Especially Spics.

    Factoid of the day – the famous “did he fire 6 shots or only 5” line was dumbed down for the film. In the original novel (by the Finks), the question is whether he started with an empty chamber under the hammer (as per regs), which makes more sense.

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