Dangerous Dilemma: Anderson Cooper Calls Out Movie Trailer for "Hurting Kids"

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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.

the Dilemma Poster

Added Cooper:

"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."


well it really doesnt bother me and im gay but if you wanna get into it then ya it is wrong. they are saying that the word gay is bad. so if something is stupid or dumb its gay its basically a put down telling people that the word is a negative word. he corrects himself in saying not in a homosexual way but then what other way then? gay means happy and if it doesnt mean happy it means in a homosexual way. so which is it? he says in a my parents are shaparoning the dance way well im sure thats not a good thing. so whatever!!


When Vince Vaughn uses the word "gay" he IS using it in a deragatory manner. Relating "gay" to something negative, inferior, embarassing, or awkward is condescending to most people on this earth. Just can't believe a huge studio would let that get into a movie, let alone the trailer. Did the directior just think that one was just too funny to edit?


i think anderson cooper is...gay.


Parents spend less time in a day with their children than their children spend at school and in the company of peers. To blame everything on the parents is getting really, really old. Everyone is responsible ... books, tv, movie, teachers etc and yes, parents. Schools need to take responsibility for what goes on in their establishment and need to set standards of behaviour which are appropriate and what are not acceptable. They need to bring people in to lecture on various subjects and add empathy, tolerance etc to their curriculum. Its everyone's problem and everyone needs to be part of the solution.


OKay,I like Anderson Cooper but i disagree with his judgement of the yse of the word Gay in this trailer Ya might as well drag out the Urban dictionary or even a really old one once upon a time Gay meant happy or colorful now days depending on how it's used it comes cose to the original meaning instead of the homosexual one ,Yes kid's are mean and sometimes act without remorse but for the most part if you grow up in todays society you learn to read between the lines nobody will watch that movie and go gaybashing as a result!

Faith maguire

Once again, I've said it many many times, everything starts at home. Kids are 'taught' to be hateful, to hate, to make fun of, etc. Until PARENTS take responsibilites for how their children act, it will never end. Face it, there are far too many so called parents that don't parent their kids, they let the schools, the streets, televison, and so on 'teach' their kids. So unless our movies and tv shows go back to the 'Leave It To Beaver' days, nothing will change. And I never understood why movie writers insist on putting such fowl and/or offensive language in movies anyway. A movie can be just as good if not better without all the fowl derrogitory language.


I think Mr. Cooper went overboard with it! I mean yes we need to rid the world of derogatory language but in the trailer he sort of corrects himself and the meaning, he says "not homosexual gay" I think the movie looks like it will be hilarious...people take things way way to personally...do you know how many times I here "like a blonde...blah blah" which is usually something meaning stupid or slutty...doesn't mean I take it personally, he just needs to chill, not a big deal!!


Yeah, and when somebody took a hit on your cigarette and left spit on it, "we" would say they "n-lipped" it, even if they weren't black. And if they got a good deal on something, "we" would say they jewed the guy down. I can go on, but I'm not sure it's really necessary. If you're not bright enough to figure it out in the first place, you probably won't understand it no matter how many examples you get. Or why I keep putting quotation marks around "we."


That's pretty gay of Anderson Cooper to take such offense. Calling someone gay when they are not has always and will always be used as a put down and we all know how cruel kids can be. Whining about it is only going to cause the word to be used even more.


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