Director Ron Howard has agreed to remove all jokes referencing the word gay from the trailers for his new comedy, ‘The Dilemma,’ Slashfilm.com is reporting. This comes after critics, including Anderson Cooper and GLAAD, publicly raised their criticisms of the use of the word as an openly accepted pejorative in the movie’s trailers and advertising.
Last week, when the CNN host appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he denounced Universal, the studio releasing ‘The Dilemma,’ which stars Vince Vaughn, and Howard for “relying on a tasteless slur that promotes intolerance to help sell the movie.” He added that he saw the trailer while at a theater, and an actor said “That’s so gay.” He said he was shocked that not only would Universal put that in the movie, but thought it was acceptable to include in a preview.
There are rumors that GLAAD was already calling for Universal to remove the comments from the trailers before Cooper’s appearance on Ellen. But the studio only caved when the talk show host voiced his concerns.
Written by: Karen Benardello