According to a report on New York Magazine's Vulture site, several Twitter users and reports from GLAAD's constituents, "Tower Heist" director and 2012 Academy Awards producer Brett Ratner made a remark that "Rehearsing is for f*gs" during a Q&A following a screening of his film. According to The Wrap, the audience was left visibly stunned, and this prompted at least one person to get up and leave immediately. This language is completely unacceptable, and for a well-known director like Ratner to use it so cavalierly a manner in a public setting sends a dangerous message that slurs like this are okay to use.
GLAAD expressed our outrage to Ratner through his representative at CAA this morning, and Ratner released a statement to The Wrap soon afterwards:
“I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”
This apology is a good start, but we're working with Ratner's people for more action, to clearly send a message to Hollywood that the anti-gay slurs used by bullies and bigots have no place in the world of entertainment, or anywhere else.