Wednesday, October 20, 2010

UPDATE: Vince Vaughn defends comedic use of the word gay -

15 October 2010 : Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn has defended the controversial use of the word gay in his latest film, The Dilemma. Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the offending scene – which has now been edited from online versions of the trailer – sees Vaughn in a boardroom delivering a presentation about electric cars. He tells his colleagues: “Electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual gay, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.” CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper first raised the issue on his TV show, Anderson Cooper 360°, after viewing a trailer for the movie. But Vaughn hit back at critics today. "Let me add my voice of support to the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be," he told "Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing dividing lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop?" Likewise, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has urged its supporters to contact studio Universal and demand that the “offensive” promo be removed from cinemas. The film also stars Winona Ryder and is expected to be released in the UK in January 2011.

I have mixed feelings about this issue I must admit. There IS a fine line that people, such as comedians, cross back and forth to make us laugh at the expense of ourselves, and when we take things to extremes it might, in my opinion, be going a little TOO far either WITH or OFF the real issue.

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