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Vince Vaughn Responds To Controversy Surrounding Trailer For ‘The Dilemma’: “I Didn’t Think It Was A Problem”

The original trailer for The Dilemma , which featured Vince Vaughn spouting the  line, “Electric cars are gay. I mean not homosexual gay, but, ‘My parents are chaperoning the dance, gay,” probably would have gone unnoticed under normal circumstances. Since it had the unfortunate timing to be released at the height of sensitivity following the suicide deaths of several gay teenagers, it became the perfect target for anger from media pundits such as Anderson Cooper and activist groups like GLAAD. Following the outcry, Universal released a new trailer with the line removed, but announced that it would remain included in the film that will be released January 14th. Vaughn has kept quiet so far, but finally got a chance to respond to the controversy surrounding the trailer on Atlanta radio’s The Bert Show, hosted by Burt Weiss. A transcript of the portion of the interview relating to the trailer is posted after the jump.

So Vince of course we should talk about the line from The Dilemma that was in the trailer and then removed from the trailer using gay as a derogatory term. Did you know when you were doing that scene that it would be as controversial as it’s become?

You know, we really didn’t think it was being used as a derogatory term. We sort of clarify even within the joke that we say not homosexual gay, you know, “You’re parents are chaperoning the dance.” And I think whenever you’re doing comedy it’s easy for someone to find something and maybe take in a way. But that’s the point is that it’s a comedy. We were never trying to hurt anyone’s feelings. And we’re just trying to make people laugh. And part of the thing about comedy is it’s always been effective in that if there’s tension there, ultimately it brings us together. It makes things more comfortable. When there’s things that you say you can’t say, you can’t joke about this, it causes more awkwardness. So no, it wasn’t my decision to put the thing in the trailer, but I didn’t think it was a problem to put it in the trailer. And I’m glad to hear it is staying in the movie. That being said, with all the things that were happening at the time Universal was trying to be respectful with what was going on. So then maybe with what was going on, we’ll pull this out of the trailer at this time. But it was never when we were doing it was there any maliciousness. Or, you know, my comedy in particular, and I think I can say the same thing about Kevin too, has never at anyone’s expense. We’ve always tried to be including and never been shocking or you know, say, “Let’s do this at this one’s expense. Or that one’s expense.” That was never any of our intentions or in our hearts.

In looking back, did you feel the controversy was overblown?

I felt that because of the moment in time of what was happening, that this got dragged into it. It’s two separate things really that’s going on. I mean, it’s sort of an argument that comes up every now and then, which is the argument to say, “What is ok? And what isn’t ok?” And ultimately it becomes a censorship issue in that, ultimately, once you start drawing lines over, “You can do this and you can’t joke about that.” then you do exactly that. And that divides people and that’s never an effective way to go with anything. And especially with comedy where you have a long history of making fun of stuff, yourself, things, to the point where you are breaking barriers of tension. It’s sort of the point of the whole thing.

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