Anderson Cooper didn't merely call out Vince Vaughn and his upcoming movie The Dilemma last week; he actually succeeded in getting the studio to remove a line from that film's trailer.
The CNN anchor took issue with the use of the word "gay" to describe electric cars in a scene from the comedy, saying "those words [are] unacceptable because those words are hurting kids."
Now, both Vaughn and GLAAD have released statements regarding this flap, as it's still unclear whether or not the quote will remain in the movie itself.
“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," said the actor. "Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing divided lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop.”Replied Jarrett Barrios, the president The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:
“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 put in harm’s way by such jokes.”
Like the question of whether Taylor Momsen is more inappropriate than Miley Cyrus, this is an interesting issue. Where do you stand on it?