The Dilemma is an upcoming movie that stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. In a trailer for the comedy, Vaughn's character uses the word "gay" in a derogatory fashion.
Upon seeing this promo, Anderson Cooper shared his concern over such a quote, going off to Ellen DeGeneres over how language plays a critical role in the mindsets of impression children.
"I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it," he told Ellen.
"We've got to do something to make those words unacceptable because those words are hurting kids... the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue."The issue of bullying is in the national conscious these days, following a rash of teenage suicides, which has prompted numerous celebrities to post YouTube messages meant to comfort at-risk youths. In his, Tim Gunn admits to attempting suicide at the age of 17.
"When you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself. I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids," the CNN anchor said.
Do you agree with Cooper's take? Or is he being overly sensitive? Watch The Dilemma trailer in question below:
UPDATE: A rep for Universal Pictures says: "The teaser trailer for 'The Dilemma' was not intended to cause anyone discomfort. In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer, which has been in the works for some time, will post online later today."