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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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"Glee" to Focus on Gay Suicide in Future Episode 

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century FoxE! Online reports Glee plans to tackle the issue of gay suicide in an upcoming episode.  The subject is particularly timely, considering the death last month of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who took his own life after he discovered his roommate and a friend recorded him with another man and then posted the video online.

Glee star Heather Morris said Sunday, "I just found out today about the episode and I think that's amazing."  Co-star Matthew Morrison was also pleased, adding, "[Show creator] Ryan [Murphy] wants to do an episode about it, which I think is very smart of him.  As a cast I don't know much we can do.  That's why I think an episode would be great...Ryan is very current with staying on the times, so I think it would be this season if it were to happen."

Kevin McHale added, "I think being in our position and Ryan taking that on is great.  Hopefully we can move the general public and let the kids and the parents watching the show know that everybody deserves to be loved."

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Stars Open Up About Being Bullied 

Photo Courtesy - Tyler Clementi/FacebookIn the wake of the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who took his own life after his roommate allegedly posted a video online of him in an intimate moment with another man, celebrities want teens to know they were bullied, too, and survived it.

Chris Colfer plays a teased teen on Glee, which is not a stretch for a person who called himself a "human punching bag" in high school. "It really taught me to be quick on my feet," says Colfer. "Some of my witty comebacks are legendary."

Demi Lovato's experiences with bullying led to her involvement with PACER's Teens Against Bullying organization. On the organization's website, she posted: "They say 'Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you,' but that's not true. Words can hurt...Things were said to me that I still have not forgotten."

Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg tells People she was thrown down a flight of stairs by her school bully. Other famous victims include Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba, Ashley Tisdale, and Eva Mendes, who tells the magazine she eventually turned the tables on her tormentor: "When I finally stood up to my bully, that's when things changed for me."

On a related note, Project Runway host Tim Gunn released a video as part of the gay lifestyle support video series dubbed the It Gets Better Project, in which he admitted he tried to kill himself as a teenager.  He also touts the suicide prevention hotline The Trevor Project.

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Ellen DeGeneres "Devastated" by Rutgers Student's Suicide 

Photo Courtesy - WAD Productions, Inc./, Calif.) -- Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out about the suicide death of a Rutgers University student who took his own life after a roomate allegedly streamed footage of him having sex with another male student online.

"I am devastated over the death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi," the gay talk show host says in a video commentary. "He was outed as being gay on the Internet and he killed himself.  One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is climbing. We have an obligation to stop this."

Clementi leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22.  Prosecutors in the case have charged Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, and classmate Molly Wei with several crimes, including violating New Jersey's privacy laws. They could face hate crime charges if their actions are found to have been substantially based on Clementi's sexuality.

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