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Did GLAAD Let The Insensitive Gay Line In The Dilemma Preview Slide?

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It should have never escalated this far, and we think both parties are responsible!

A preview for the film The Dilemma has become thrown into the middle of some serious controversy for a line in which Vince Vaughn's character uses the word 'gay' in a derogatory fashion, and now, not only the studio behind the flick, Universal, is being criticized!

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued an official complaint yesterday, but apparently, they knew about the film and had concerns about the line in question, but kept quiet about it until Anderson Cooper spoke out first!


GLAAD's director of public relations, Richard Ferraro, justifies the organization's delay responding with the statement, "Before we issue a call to action, we always give the entertainment outlets the chance to rectify what they are doing."

But many are concerned now that this incident, thrown in with the huge mess involving Adam Lambert and ABC from last year, just further proves that GLAAD is focusing too much attention on working with the aforementioned companies, instead of keeping tabs on the content that they produce!

Author/Radio Host Michelangelo Signorile explains:

"It just seems they are always giving the benefit of the doubt to the studios and the networks. Because they think they can get more done working on the inside and because they also give awards to the same entities and have benefits at which they all have to buy tables. There's an appearance of conflict of interest, which is troubling."

Of course, now GLAAD is back-peddling and maintaining that the studio had put the preview on-line before they could express their concerns, while Universal claims that the organization never expressed any concern over the trailer. GLAAD is now demanding that the original trailer, which is still being shown in theaters, to be pulled, and that the line get cut from the film.

What a mess! Especially now with all of this he-said, she-said nonsense!

However, we are disappointed with the way that GLAAD unfortunately handled this situation, and we sincerely hope that they can find a better way to maintain relationships with these media companies, without compromising the integrity of the cause!

Now is NOT the time to be letting these things slide!

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35 comments to “Did GLAAD Let The Insensitive Gay Line In The Dilemma Preview Slide?”

  1. 1

    Hold on…is gay the new n-word? so only gay people can use the term gay?
    that's gay

  2. 2

    The trailer was fine the way it was. It didn't seem offensive, and not one of my gay friends were offended by it. People really need to look and ask themselves, "Was this malicious?" Because it obviously wasn't.

  3. 3

    Or maybe GLAAD is just smart enough to know when something is worth fighting about and when it isn't. Seriously this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of.
    Am I allowed to say something is "lame" now or is that too offensive to people in wheelchairs?

  4. 4

    You know, I used to love going on this site, but it seems to have been taken over by Perez's own agenda. It's supposed to be a celebrity gossip site, but it seems that it's turning into a gay rights site. Why can't he just make a gayperez site to put the stuff up in. I'm all for being gay, I just don't want to go to a gay forum.

  5. 5

    blah blah blah yawn yawn yawn

  6. 6

    It is not a big deal!

  7. 7

    Oh come on PEOPLE! It is a freaking MOVIE! Vince Vaughn is playing a CHARACTER! Is it REALLy that offensive? Or is this just an opportunity for people to protest - whether they are genuinely offended or not? How is this offensive???
    Everyone needs to just relax and stop LOOKING for things to complain about.

  8. 8

    Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay, thats so gay!!! Thats so Gay!!!! Thats so Gay!!!

  9. 9

    Yeah whatever perez…sorry but that should not be offensive to anyone in the homo community….totally gay indeed.

  10. 10

    stop being so gay. its only words

  11. 11

    Re: Lilygirl27 – exactly.

  12. 12

    Dude you are such a hypocrit! You call actors "gay face" and you have made some really uncool comments about us. And you call yourself gay Perez? Please.

  13. 13

    Fucking whiner babies always getting offended over EVERYTHING. There could be a picture of kittens playing in a field full of flowers with rainbows in the sky and some idiot would find it offensive. People need to shut the fuck and grow a back bone. Everybody gets so butt hurt over stupid shit anymore.

  14. buck says – reply to this


    sounds like there are a bunch of Fruit Loops working at GLAAD

  15. 15

    So gay. I grew up saying this all the time just like Vince. There's no malicious intent behind it and it's not offensive.

  16. 16

    Perez & Anderson were right on to criticize Universal and GLAAD - this is definitely a case of bad decision-making on the part of the filmmakers. Had the Vince Vaughan character said "that's so black" in a way that obviously demeaned the African American community - whether he said it lightly/jokingly or not - then believe me, you'd be hearing 10 times the criticism and it would be justified. Vaughan is an actor who is *huge* with teenaged males - and him saying "that's so gay" in the way that he does only lets young boys know it's cool/okay to be insensitive.

  17. 17

    what was so offensive about that ? electric cars ARE gay. not like homosexual gay. But gay.

  18. 18

    YOU KNOW WHATS GAY????? Making a big deal ot of nothing. Really its not that big of a deal at all. People have been saying thats gay forever. Rather then getting your damn panties in a bunch. Just take it at face value as just saying THATS GAY/DUMB/STUPID. It wasnt ment in a offensive sense. Thats just like you can say FUCK on tv now. As long as its not in the sense of the act of sex aka FUCKING then its allowed. So as long as GAY is not used in the sense of being negative towards lesbians and gays then DONT FUCKING WORRY ABOUT IT.

  19. 19

    Did anyone ever stop to think that not all movie characters are 100% PC?? Maybe were supposed to get the idea that the character is a douche bag. There have been some seriously offensive movies and characters made without people getting their panties in a twist because it's part of plot and character development. If every movie character was kind, ethical, PC and nobody ever disagreed they wouldn't be worth watching.

    Words only have as much power as we give them. When you stop allowing something to offend you, it stops being offensive.

  20. 20

    This is just a theory but how come Anderson Cooper was the only one to speak out about this and say he was offended when he has never come out as gay even though most people know he is. Could it be that some gay people aren't offended by the word because they are secure with their homosexuality? And the ones like Cooper who are insecure about it are the ones who get offended by the little things. That is really what explains these gay suicides. It is not about bullying and being gay it is about being comfortable with one's self and not overly sensitive. That is why so many people think this absurd. If a character said the "n" word in a movie and the character was supposed to be an ignorant redneck then using that word would help establish the character. It is the same in this movie. Obviously Vince Vaughn's character is an immature douchebag. People are way too sensitive about the stupidest little things these days.

  21. 21

    Man, this website has turned all about the gays….really losing interest

  22. 22

    Re: BlueMilk – kittens offend me

  23. 23

    Gay ppl rock!!

  24. 24

    people are way too sensitive if this actually comes off as offensive!im starting to find those "it gets better" videos offensive…enough already

  25. 25

    Since when does the gay community own the word "gay"? It is used in all kinds of ways and most are not negative. So what gives?

  26. 26

    "Gay" is the new "retarded". And yeah — every attempt should be made to stamp it out. The expression has not been "around forever". I recall it starting in the 80s or early 90s. The people who think nothing of it are under 30. And they're dopes for not understanding why it has an impact. It legitimizes hatred and bullying against gay people. The young folk of today are so f***ing narcissistic. Get over your apathy; everything's political. Wake up, dullards.

  27. 27

    That wasn't offensive. The term gay has many different meanings. Let's not start getting precious about it. He did go onto say, 'but not in a homosexual way'….As a guy who is into guys (HOMOSEXUAL) it saddens me greatly that people would get offended by a JOKE and one that isn't even harsh toward my kind.

  28. 28

    Re: SuzyFukinHomemaker – you are making no sense. how can you say it wasn't meant to be offensive but then say that's so gay means dumb/stupid. i'm sure if the saying was that's so jew or that's so black and it was meant to mean dumb or stupid jewish or black people would not be to happy about it. as long as the term that's so gay is used as something negative some gay people will find it offensive and rightfully so. plus i'm sick of straight people commenting on whether or not that's so gay is offensive. how would you know. i'm certainly not going to tell a black person, or a jewish person, or latino's ect… what slangs they should or shouldn't be upset about, so don't tell gay people what they should or shouldn't find offensive. simple as that. DUH!!!

  29. 29

    Talk about being overly sensitive. You need to lighten up. The world is too politically correct these days.

  30. 30

    homosexuals appropriated the word gay. original definition:

    1. having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music.
    2. bright or showy: gay colors; gay ornaments.
    3. given to or abounding in social or other pleasures: a gay social season.
    That said, One should be able to use it however one pleases!!
    cooper and ellen are complete douches for whinnying about the trailer… Everyone (from all walks of life) is fair game in COMEDY. They should watch Eastbound and Down… they'd have their panties in a twist with the stuff Kenny spews out. Anywho… All this drama will only help the film. Let's just hope they didn't remove the sequence from the flick.

  31. 31

    OMG this is so NOT a big deal. There are so many bigger fights that the gay community faces and getting upset over a line that really isn't that big of deal is only wasting time and resources that could be put to better use. GET OVER IT! I am actually mad that it is a big deal because it wasn't used in a mean or degrading way. Oh and the new N-Word…really?!?!? give me a break.

  32. 32

    well if you cant say retard anymore why should you be able to say gay

  33. 33

    not offensive at all. this political correctiveness has really gone too far.

  34. 34

    Anyone who actually thinks this is offensive is a whiny little bitch.

  35. 35

    I think it's ok to say gay but if you're not using it in a derogatory form