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Brett Ratner criticized by Oscar bloggers for derogatory remarks – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: “Tower Heist” director Brett Ratner, who has been tapped to play producer for next year’s Academy Awards telecast, is in hot water for derogatory remarks he made following a Q-and-A in Los Angeles.

“Rehearsing is for fags,” Ratner commented when asked about his process. To him, it might have felt like a harmless, off-the-cuff slang term that he uses with his buddies. But his word choice has raised the ire of multiple, respected film writers, some of which are calling for Ratner’s proverbial head.

In a Grantland column bluntly titled “Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner,” Mark Harris writes of Ratner’s hasty apology and sums up, “I’ve had to listen to versions of every one of these mea-not-quite-culpas over the years and seriously, I’m no longer interested in patiently witnessing the slow arc of a public figure’s learning curve. What I do care about is what the Academy does, which should be either to ask for and receive his resignation from the show or to drop him as the producer of a show that is supposed to represent the best the industry has to offer.

“There’s not really a long, nuanced debate to be had about this,” Harris continues. “If he had used an equivalent racial or religious slur, the discussion would go something like, ‘You’re fired.’ Apology or not. The same rule applies here. You don’t get a mulligan on homophobia. Not in 2011.”

Awards Daily writer Ryan Adams adds, “I sincerely believe the Academy needs to fire Brett Ratner.”

And Twitter, at this moment, shows a steady stream of support for Ratner’s removal from the Academy Awards.

Will it happen? Should the Academy react? Was Ratner out of line? Let us know your thoughts below, and we’ll continue to trace the fallout from Ratner’s comments.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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