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Universal Caught In A ‘Dilemma’ With Trailer For Vince Vaughn Comedy; GLAAD Responds To Accusations Of Being “Inconsistent”

Universal has posted a new trailer for the Vince Vaughn comedy The Dilemma after the movie was thrown into the middle of a national debate over gay teen suicide and bullying. The studio was caught off guard by the negative reaction to the trailer, which began with a scene in which Vaughn addresses a board room by saying, “Electric cars are gay. I mean not homosexual gay, but, ‘My parents are chaperoning the dance, gay.” CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper, who viewed the trailer during the previews for The Social Network, voiced his strong objection on The Ellen Degeneres Show. He said:

I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and 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 thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it. 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.

Following Cooper’s appearance, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) started a campaign to demand that the line be removed from trailer. After Universal obliged, GLAAD further demanded that the line be removed the film itself. When the Hollywood Reporter pointed out that GLAAD has been  inconsistent in terms of what movies it decides to police, noting that the organization failed to raise any objection over the anti-gay jokes in another Universal film The Hangover, GLAAD’s president  Jarret Tomas Barrios wrote a letter to the trade paper that said:

I didn’t start as GLAAD’s president until after that film, but I believe this inconsistency actually points to a new GLAAD that within the limitations of our resources is more active than ever in speaking out against words and images that open the door to anti-gay bullying and violence.

Like GLAAD, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community knows the damage that comes from anti-gay epithets and jokes. The community and allies also are more engaged in speaking out against them — as seen by the 1,900 people who sent e-mails to Universal overnight about the use of the word “gay” in “The Dilemma.”

GLAAD honors exemplary works that set benchmarks for the news and entertainment industry at the annual GLAAD Media Awards, but we also work every day to educate about the dangers of anti-gay words and images. Over the past year, GLAAD has met with most major networks and studios and will continue this proactive approach — to discuss content while projects are still in development and advocate for increased inclusion of LGBT people.

Hollywood has played an important role in the growing acceptance of LGBT people through stories that have opened Americans’ eyes to the common ground we all share. Today, we believe that the media has a responsibility to further build acceptance, not chip away at it, and we also know that much of Hollywood shares that belief.

Jarrett Tomas Barrios
President, GLAAD

Even with the offending remark removed from the trailer, it doesn’t change the fact that the movie looks really gay. And by gay, I mean like an offensively stupid Vince Vaughn vehicle. The Dilemma‘s original trailer is posted below.

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