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Sunday
Oct312010

No 'Dilemma' Here: Ron Howard Defends Gay Joke

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Filmmaker Ron Howard has come out in defense of his decision to keep a joke that has been deemed offensive by pundits and a gay rights group in his new movie The Dilemma.

Howard, who directed The Dilemma, defended the joke's inclusion in a note released Friday. The derogatory gag's inclusion in the film's trailer caused an uproar when it was released earlier this month. The controversy prompted the studio, Universal, to remove the line from the trailer.

In the trailer, a character portrayed by Vince Vaughn says: "Electric cars are gay. I mean, not 'homosexual' gay but 'my parents are chaperoning the dance gay.'"

"The Dilemma is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids," Howard said in the note. "It's true that the moment took on extra significance in light of some events that surrounded the release of the trailer and the studio made the decision to remove it from advertising, which I think was appropriate. I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.”

CNN's Anderson Cooper and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spoke out against the film's trailer in the wake of the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after being bullied for being gay. Both Cooper and GLAAD objected to the use of the word "gay," calling it an unnecessary slur against homosexuals.

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Friday
Oct082010

CNN Anchor Joins Group of Stars Sticking Up for Gay Teens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anderson Cooper's jumping into the fight to stop teen bullying, and he's found a foe in Vince Vaughn.

The CNN anchor visited The Ellen Degeneres Show this week to condemn teen bullying.  A particular point of contention:  Vaughn's upcoming movie The Dilemma, in which his character proclaims, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay."  A trailer for "The Dilemma" featuring that line is currently playing in theaters.

"There was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview," Cooper said.  "They thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it."

"I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids," Cooper continued.  "Someone else I talked to recently said that the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue.   And when you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself.   I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids."

Universal, the studio putting out "The Dilemma," heard Cooper loud and clear.  Today, Universal confirmed to GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) that they will remove the "gay" scene from the movie's trailer.

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