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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