Okay, here’s the deal: I’m officially sick of the whole controversy of the gay joke in the upcoming comedy The Dilemma.
I wish the writers and director Ron Howard could have found a way to not have it in because using “gay” as a pejorative in this day and age is offensive and not necessary.
Star Vince 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.”
But, filmmakers do have the right to stick to their vision, obviously, just as I have the right to not buy a ticket to their movie.
Anyway, in what I hope will be the last word from Vaughn on this, the actor remarked on director Howard’s recent comments to the LA Times that the joke will remain: “I’m glad to hear it’s staying the movie,” he told Q100′s Bert Radio Show this week. “It wasn’t a derogatory term… We clarified within the joke [that it was] not ‘homosexual-gay’ but, you know, your parents are chaperoning a dance.”
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