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Brett Ratner Expected To Team Up With GLAAD For Public Forums On LGBT Images

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Definitely a step back in the right direction for Brett.

To recap, earlier this week director Brett Ratner made a hateful, insensitive remark, and then soon thereafter his words were caught on tape.

THEN, Academy president Tom Sherak announced that he would NOT be firing Brett from the Oscars…but the director made the right move and resigned from the show anyway.

In his lengthy letter of apology, Brett mentioned that he was looking forward to working with GLAAD to "increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised," and now it appears that GLAAD is taking him up on his offer.

GLAAD has announced that they'll be mobilizing "a series of public discussions on LGBT images in Hollywood," and they expect Mr. Ratner to get involved.

Here's what GLAAD's Senior Director of Programs and Communications Herndon Graddick had to say about it:

"When we sat down with Brett today, he seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a way to begin speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture. We believe his resignation is just the first step and will be announcing a series of concrete actions with Brett in coming days and weeks."

More from GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson:

"Hollywood has the power and responsibility to grow acceptance of all communities. We look forward to working with Brett and the industry in promoting positive, culture-changing images of our community and sending a message that such slurs, used to belittle gay and lesbian youth and adults every day, have no place in mainstream popular culture or the industry that creates it."

We're just glad to see that some good is coming out of this mess! As much as DO NOT approve of the deplorable words that came out of Brett Ratner's mouth, at least he seems to be taking the right steps to make amends.

What do U think? Are U pleased with Brett Ratner's efforts to make things right thus far???

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29 comments to “Brett Ratner Expected To Team Up With GLAAD For Public Forums On LGBT Images”

  1. 1

    This is so lame. The guy is an equal opportunity offender and no one else gets their panties in a bunch. It's getting out of hand.

  2. 2

    BULLSH*T on this Perez. I'm usually down with you and ignore a lot of craziness you spout on here. But this is too much. Who are you to bully and hound people who you deem homophobic for saying one word…but it's the SAME damn word YOU said to that BEP guy. And Brett said it not as a slur against gays while you shouted it in anger to piss someone off. You said it to make someone angry, to insight anger. You're a bitch dude. Hypocrite. Mr. "anti-bully" who he himself bullies people.

  3. 3

    Its SOOOO not even that serious!

  4. 4

    Jesus fucking christ. That's what it takes, say something, then work with the org of the week to make amends. What a fucking joke. How is this different then when mel gibson went off on jews then met with the ADL and the JDL for and understanding, now he's cured of his points of view. This is stupid, anyone who doesnt think he is doing this cuz he HAS too is a moron. And he HAS too because gay is the new jew/black/woman, meaning, we have to pander at every turn to prove we are not biggots, even if we are. It's a joke, and it's just lip service. He did nothing wrong, lighten the fuck up.

  5. 5

    Or he could tell GLAAD to go fuck themselves. They are by far way worse than Christians. Don't agree with them then they throw a temper tantrum. They are just made up of uptight twats that throw temper tantrums like 5 year olds when they don't get their way. They are a minority. Adam carolla said it best "When did we start giving a damn about these people" They are a minority. The only thing that sets them apart from someone else is they take a dick up their ass..Something I don't deem to allow them special rights or make them except from trash talking. Gays are just way too easy to diss and poke fun of. Don't wear leather assless chaps in parades, or talk with weird lisp, or wear a pound of makeup when you're a guy.

  6. 6

    And what did you do after using the same word again will.i.am? You painted yourself as the victim and refused to apologize to GLAAD. You live in your own little fantasy world, proven by the fact you never saw yourself as a bully. You have no grasp of reality if you think this makes you an attractive human being, it's why you will die alone and unloved.

  7. 7

    That sucks that now you can't say anything without being hounded by the public. It's a word, yet people make it seem like he killed someone. It's also bullshit because Perez himself has used that word. Why is it okay for you to use it but not others, oh because you are gay. So you don't really want equal rights, you want special rights.

  8. 8

    i don't think its the right move because now people think he was forced out so they're gonna get on the 'it's all the gays fault' bandwagon. as if we can't take an apology which isn't true.

  9. 9

    Re: hoochpitRe: NookiesWA – Yes the problem started is gays got these ideas from African Americans and Jews and women. All these minorities threw temper tantrums to get their way and now the gays think they can do it too. We all have to put our foot down and say it is unacceptable. We need better role models like Ratner showing how ridiculous gay people and women in power are. Femininty has no place in public society and we have to put an end to it.

  10. 10

    Re: NookiesWA – do you think this called for a 'when did we start giving a damn about these people', or even better, do you think adam corolla wants that phrase repeated by you? no! why don't YOU get over it.

  11. 11

    well he obviously knows which side of his bread is buttered. this is actually a good thing though. most of his fans are stupid, young, homophobes. (as evidenced by all the angry comments this whole thing has garnered). maybe he can man up and show them how to learn from your mistakes. unless of course this is just damage control. yeah, that's probably the case.

  12. 12

    This is the Gay Nazi 1984 world of Hollywood.
    Right is wrong. Green is pink. 5 is 12 and 12 is 3.
    Absolutely insane.

  13. JimA says – reply to this


    Who is making Ratner do all these things? He is writing letters apologizing and he has offered to work with GLAAD. Perez is reporting the story because Ratner is a public figure. Nobody is holding a gun to Ratner's head and Perez certainly has no impact on Ratner's life. I'm not quite so sure why the comments are so heated? Nobody is stopping you from using abusive language either. The only reason Ratner has reacted in a public way is because this initiated in a public way. If you want to use language in your own home, no one is stopping you. You will only offend those who find it offensive, and if you can't respect that, then maybe you shouldn't be hanging out with people who find you offensive.

  14. 14

    Re: AttFinch – Actually could care less about this director. And I'm certainly not a fan of gay bashing (although clearly some people who have commented are..and I have to say I find it strange that many obvious homophobes visit a site ran by a passionate gay man). I just can't stand blatant hypocrisy. Don't shred a man's life and reputation to pieces for him using a word that YOU said yourself! That's what Perez is doing and it's pretty crazy.

  15. 15

    Re: Nevereclipsed01 – Yes its entirely called for. A decade ago you could call people fruits, homos, f@gs without having to worry about it. Straight people have been calling each other those names before we even acknowledged gays, it doesn't even mean a homophobic slur when used in that manner. How in the living hell can a straight person calling another straight person a f@g be hateful and homophobic rofl? Gays want special treatment and attention for being gay. We need to do something about them.

  16. 16

    Re: Lady Who? – looks like you the one who lives in their own little fantasy world.
    GLAAD released a statement today on Perez Hilton's apology for using an anti-gay slur:

    New York, NY, June 25, 2009 - Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton this morning wrote a blog post on PerezHilton.com where he stated that he was "sorry" and "the 'F' word will never be uttered from my lips again."

    "It is important and appropriate that Perez Hilton apologized to the LGBT community and his audience for his use of anti-gay slurs," said Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

    “GLAAD will continue our work to educate the public on the harms of anti-gay slurs that feed a climate of hatred and intolerance against the LGBT community."

  17. 17

    Re: NookiesWA – no they want the same respect we give everyone else, to marry who they wish, not be descriminated against, and not have predjudicial slurs used like it's nothing. Any slur (racist, sexist, homophopic) is wrong. Do I think he should have had to drop out of the oscars.. no.. but it's nice that he is taking a stand against ignorance since there are probably film kids that lookup to him he should be a better example

  18. 18

    Re: Providence – YOU ARE A WACK JOB and all of your posts on here are disgusting.. you bash black people, jews, and women? so what are you? Hitler!
    I think you are just an attention seeking troll that's what you are

  19. 19

    ugh this is giving me a headache. fine Eddy Murphy and Bret Ratner won't be part of the Oscars, they can crawl away like a baby but until we hear that some power gay Nazi's forced them out this one isn't on us.

  20. 20

    Re: Llaauurraa – "shred a mans life and reputation" um, i think you might be exaggerating just a little bit. LOL! i do have to agree with you though. Perez can be hypocritical at times.

  21. 21

    Re: workinmama – I agree with you. This person is like…. backwards. One thing is bashing for fun a celebritiy's goofy behaviour, another is to just start judging… well not even judging, condemning others by the way they were born or their chosen path.

  22. 22

    Re: Providence – "Femininty has no place in public society ", WTF are you talking about?. Have you noticed how stupid you make yourself look?. You are the most backwards this site ever had, come back from your cave neanderthal, we are living in the 2011.

  23. 23


  24. 24

    If let's say, Daniel Tosh had said this would it even be an issue? I think that should be the new barometer for what can be said - Can Daniel Tosh get away with this? if so, then proceed. Stop being so uptight, Perez.

  25. 25

    GLADD is a bunch of opportunistic jerks. I thought Brett was joking, folks need to lighten up a bit.

  26. 26

    Re: Llaauurraa – so true. I think he did the right thing to drop but I am so sick of the gay mafia trying to tear down anyone who doesn't agree with the gay lifestyle. I think everyone should have the same rights but if your gay and I don't agree with it or think its unnatural then that's my right to feel that way. This has gotten out of control and I'm sick of people of being crucified for it, if gay people didn't use the word then maybe others wouldn't either.

  27. 27

    It's one thing demanding a public apology..But organizations like GLAAD not only demand an apology but they try to get the people fired/fined. Kobe got fined, That poor pilot that went on a rant that wasn't even homophobic got fired. Why apologize to GLAAD when all thats going to happen is you end up being replaced..If I knew that was coming i'd tell them to go screw themselves. It's one thing for actors and what not to drop out (not because they care about gays but because they care about PR and want to look like the good guy for doing it) but when you have an organization not only DEMAND an apology but DEMAND that person be fired from a regular job it just makes people hate gays even worse. Oh boo hoo a pilot called his gay staff eccentric flamboyant queens. But they turn around and demand he be fired and they were successful at it..For saying something negative about them? They think they are special..I could somewhat understand if he were calling them f@gs and saying they were disgusting,etc but he wasn't..He said his male flight attendants acting like flamboyant eccentric queens. Something that is very true to begin with with most gays, once I heard he was fired because GLAAD used harassment tactics that made me lose even more respect for gays. If someone doesn't agree with them then thats all she wrote.

  28. 28

    Re: Josephine05 – It's pure idiocy is what it is, its ok for black people to refer to themselves and each other as the N word, but no one else can. A minority can make fun of themselves with the use of stereotypes (selena gomez and that La Choka or w/e her name is that perez post) I mean its perfectly ok for them to exploit and make fun of their rather silly stereotypes but if someone else does it you're racist and homophobic? Please. Its idiocy at its finest.

  29. 29

    Re: AttFinch – You and Hilton have your own fantasy worlds. What you posted was not an apology to GLAAD, which was my point and that you obviously missed in your rush to post a reply, lmao.

    "“I am saddened GLAAD chose to victimize me further by criticizing me for how I non-violently dealt with a very scary situation that, unfortunately, turned violent. While I doubt I will get an apology from GLAAD, nor do I expect one, I would just hope people know how difficult it is to intellectualize a situation and think rationally when a thug disguised as a musician is screaming at your face and intimidating you. I am just very fortunate and grateful that nothing more serious happened to me.”