Anderson Cooper was on Ellen this week and 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 put that in the preview, they thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it.
"I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids."
What Anderson says was said is not entirely accurate. I watched the preview and Vince Vaughn says that electric cars are gay. He then says not gay in a sexual sense, but gay like going with your parents to a high school dance. The entire monologue is delivered with Queen Latifah next to him. I wonder if Queen Latifah found it offensive too.
With all that has gone on in the last week with gay bullying, I think it is important to also make sure children feel free to be who they are. Does what Vince says in the trailer hurt that process or does the fact that someone like Anderson Cooper or Queen Latifah if they are gay, but don't want to come out hurt more?
Don't you think instead of arguing about a word or two that children would be better served if people they look up to or admire were bold enough to come out of the closet. If someone who is rich and famous and a huge star does not have the nerve to come out, then why should a 14 year old kid have the guts? To me that is the real problem.
The portion of the trailer which is at issue here is the first 15 seconds.