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Good Will (Gay) Hunting

7/20/2007 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Matt DamonIn the latest issue of GQ, Matt Damon talks about how, when they were younger, he and Ben Affleck wanted to buy the exact same car. But each tried to talk the other out of it, "Because we knew it would just be so gay to get the same car." Maybe not the best choice of words, either.

TMZ had qualms with the usage of "gay" -- since it's not exactly politically correct to use the word "gay" to mean "bad" or "negative." But then, after thinking about it -- for two best friends who wrote and starred in the same movie, won an Oscar together and have generally been linked together for their entire careers -- buying the exact same car really is sooooo gay!

What do you think?

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61.

ren    

I don't think people realize that all of this "political correctness" is destroying the freedoms on which this country was based. This country supposedly allows free speech, and yet every year, there are more words added to the list of vocabulary we are not allowed to use... every day, I read a story about someone being offended by a word or phrase used by someone else.

There are many, many words in the English language which I find to be very offensive. However, I feel that every person has the right to use these words WHETHER I LIKE IT OR NOT. This country is slowly taking away our freedom of speech, and its the anal retentive, sensitive people WHO MUST HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO who are causing this to happen. Please stop making such a big deal out of every word that celebrities (or anyone else) say. It has gotten to the point where no one can say anything without someone having a problem with it.

Everyone - get with the program. The great thing about this country has always been the right to speak our minds. Whether I agree with what is said is irrelevant. The point is - WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY IT.

Let me say it again. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY IT. Or at least we did.

2567 days ago
62.

k    

He's from Boston. The way he is meaning the word gay is pretty much slang around the Boston area. Gay means like goofy, queer, embarrassing. He doesn't mean it all in the way of two gay men's relationship. The word really means a totally different thing in this context, but you wouldn't pick up on that unless you were from here.

2567 days ago
63.

give me a break    

Oh, give me a break, TMZ! There's a whole generation of adults out there who grew up calling each other "gay" without intending any slight to homosexuals. To try and paint your site as so politically correct while you continue to post adulations about racist, anti-Semite Paris "N-Word" Hilton makes TMZ look pretty stupid.

2567 days ago
64.

ClassyMissFancy    

"Oh, give me a break, TMZ! There's a whole generation of adults out there who grew up calling each other "gay" without intending any slight to homosexuals. To try and paint your site as so politically correct while you continue to post adulations about racist, anti-Semite Paris "N-Word" Hilton makes TMZ look pretty stupid."


That's Hot.

2567 days ago
65.

LuvTMZ    

"Just Me" - You must be a straight white male.

2567 days ago
66.

AvrilRocks    

HELLO!!! He didn't want everybody to think they were gay by having the same car because they WERE doing each other...Maybe they're married now but that doesn't mean they weren't 'hunting buddies' then. I'm a gay man and always thought they were a bit closer than close.

2567 days ago
67.

ClassyMissFancy    

LuvTMZ

You must be a gay multiracial hermaphrodite.

2567 days ago
68.

sharon    

IS THERE NO ONE WITH ABRAIN WHO HAS REALIZED THAT THE WORD "GAY" MEANS "HAPPY"?????

THE WORD WAS HIJACKED SO AS TO AVOID THE LESS FLATTERING WORD - HOMOSEXUAL.

CALL A HOMOESEXUAL A HOMOSEXUAL.

GAY USED TO BE A VERY PRETTY NAME FOR A GIRL!!!!!

TO SAY, "IT'S SO GAY", IS NOT AN ATTACK ON HOMOSEXUALS, BUT RATHER A CURRENT DAY MORPHING OF A WORD/PHRASE ALREADY MORPHED ONCE!!

GET OVER IT!!!!

2567 days ago
69.

Youallaresuchhaters    

SO WHEN MR. ISIAH WASHINGTON SAID IT IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOO WRONG BUT NOW THAT THE ALL-AMERICAN HAS SAID IT....HUH IT'S NO BIG DEAL....YOU ARE ALL HYPOCRITES....DIG A HOLE AND BURY YOURSELVES!!!!

2567 days ago
70.

Nikk    

It's not spelled "gay". It's spelled "ghey", just another piece of internet lingo the old people just don't understand yet. Of course if it's refered to...well....um....errrr....gayness then it's just gay hehehe. Adadpted from large MOMPRPG gaming community.

2567 days ago
71.

Neil    

In this case, I don't think he meant "bad" or "negative"; I think he meant "gay" -- as in, "Oooh, look how cute we are with the same car."

2567 days ago
72.

MGS    

#69. You are an idiot. If you truly think the two situations are even REMOTELY similar, than I pray you never breed!

2567 days ago
73.

Ed    

Who cares if some deviant gets offended!

2567 days ago
74.

Christopher Q.    

You don't hear people saying "That is so straight," so of course it has a negative connotation...one that bullies use to justify beating up gay kids in school. Face it...America preaches hatred toward gay people. It is part of our culture.

2566 days ago
75.

Go with the Flow!    

I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY "IT IS SO GAY OR THAT'S SO GAY" AND WHEN
ISAIAH WASHINTON SAYS IT HE HAS TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS TO SAY HE IS
SORRY AND STILL GETS FIRED? IS AL SHARPTON GOING TO COME SWINGING AT
MATT DAMON?

I THINK IT IS JUST A WORD THAT HAS BEEN OUT THERE FOR A LONG TIME AND PEOPLE JUST USE IT SO LIGHTLY, IT IS NOT INTENTED TO INSULT THE GAY PEOPLE. JUST LIKE THE N WORD BEING STRICTLY FOR BLACK PEOPLE TO CALL
EACH OTHER IS OK, THE VERY FUNNY SHERRI SHERPHARD SAID ON "THE
VIEW" BUT WHEN LITTLE KIDS HEAR IT THEY WILL THINK IT IS OK AND SAY IT AT
ANY AGE AND THAN AL SHARPTON WILL BE ON EVERY NEWS TRYING TO STIR
UP TROUBLE AND MAKE IT WORST.

I AGREE WITH OPRAH WINFREY, NOBODY SHOULD SAY THAT WORD TO EACH OTHER OR TO ANYONE ELSE. THIS INSANITY SHOULD STOP, WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS AND IF THE BLACK PEOPLE START BURRYING THAT WORD THEMSELVES
IT WILL BE A BIG HELP FOR THE FUTURE GENERATION. EVERY PARENT SHOULD TELL THEIR CHILDREN THAT IT IS A INSULTING AND VERY DEMEANING WORD.

2566 days ago
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