Universal hit for use of word 'gay' in 'Dilemma' trailer
Universal Studios had a dilemma of its own after Anderson Cooper, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others had a problem with the trailer for its new Ron Howard vehicle, The Dilemma. It seems not so many people thought Vince Vaughn saying "electric cars are gay" was very funny.
Deadline.com says Cooper was shocked after seeing the trailer for the movie, which also stars Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Connelly, and said so on CNN: "I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview," Cooper said. "They thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it ... We've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids."
Universal responded that it had previewed the trailer before GLAAD and other gay rights groups, and they didn't have a problem with it, but that's not what GLAAD said.
"After reviewing, GLAAD called on Universal to remove the scene where the word 'gay' was used as a pejorative from the trailer," the group said in a statement. "(Friday), after Anderson Cooper also spoke out against the scene, Universal confirmed to GLAAD that the offensive joke will be removed from promotional campaigns from this point forward, including in the trailer currently playing in movie theatres."
So there you have it -- the line is still used in the movie, but as long as it's not in a preview trailer, that's okay. Watch the original above, for as long as it's allowed to remain on YouTube.