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Vince Vaughn reacts to 'Dilemma' controversy
Just when you thought it was over, the dilemma over the gay joke in Ron Howards's "The Dilemma" rears tis ugly head again. The furor over the not-so funny joke found Universal rushing to replace the film's trailer with a new one. While he doesn't explicitly say it, Vaughn appears to be making it known he wants the joke to stay in the movie.
"Let me add my voice of support to the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be. Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing dividing lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop."
This caused GLAAD, who is dealing withs its own criticism for appearing to sound off "late" on the issue, responded with the following:
"Jokes can bring people together, but they can also push us apart," countered GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "When 'gay' is used as a pejorative, it frequently sends a message—particularly to youth and their bullies—that being gay is wrong and something to laugh at. We invite Vince Vaughn to work with us and help ensure that gay youth and those perceived to be gay aren't in harm's way by such jokes."
There is still no word on whether Howard will keep the line in the film or not.