Vince Vaughn’s ‘The Dilemma’ criticized by GLAAD

By Greg Hernandez Universal Pictures has agreed to change its offensive trailer for the upcoming comedy “The Dilemma” starring Vince Vaughn and Queen Latifah and directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard.

Anderson Cooper complained a few times in his CNN show about it then got a lot of attention when he repeated the complaint during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Anderson had seen the trailer while at the movies two weekends ago.

In a scene in the trailer, Vaughn’s character says in a workplace scene: “Electric cars are gay.” He goes on to make clear that he doesn’t mean “homosexual, gay, but, you know, my parents are chaperoning the dance, gay.”

GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) wants the studio to take things a step further and remove the joke from the movie entirely before it is released in January. GLAAD also charges that Universal has merely removed the trailer online and not yet pulled it from theaters.

States GLAAD: “It plays on the sorts of stereotypes that give license to bullies and should be taken out. After talking to GLAAD, Universal promised to edit it out, but didn’t make good on the commitment. Then, when CNN’s Anderson Cooper denounced the trailer last week, Universal again promised to remove the anti-gay joke from the trailer. But the trailer is still running in theaters. Worse still, the studio tried to hide behind GLAAD, alleging that we didn’t see the need to have it removed–despite two weeks of conversations.”

“Making gay people the butt of a joke–even when the joke says they’re not–feeds into damaging bias against gay people. “Dilemma’s” use of the word “gay” as an insult contributes to a social environment in which gay people are ridiculed, discriminated against–or even worse. Most troubling are the impacts to gay youth who endure bullying with such epithets: movies like “The Dilemma” that use anti-gay humor give a green light to negative words and hurtful acts that contribute to gay children’s low self-esteem, perceived lack of safety and even–as we have seen in recent series of bullying-related suicides and anti-gay attacks–violence.

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