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Vince Vaughn Defends Anti-Gay Joke in 'The Dilemma'


In late September, I posted the trailer to the Vince Vaughn/Kevin James film The Dilemma, which opened with an off-putting "electric cars are gay" joke, and after a reference from CNN's Anderson Cooper (and an up-till-then ignored request from GLAAD) the trailer was edited. GLAAD requested the joke be edited out of the film as well.

Now, Vince Vaughn is defending the joke:

"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?"

The problem is that Vaughn can't join the outrage over anti-gay bullying while contributing to (and collecting a paycheck for) the derogatory dialogue which to some makes that bullying permissible.

UPDATE: GLAAD sent us this statement late last night in response to Vaughn's remarks -

“Jokes can bring people together, but they can also push us apart," said 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 put in harm's way by such jokes.”


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  1. First of all the joke is not offensive to me, even though I am gay. I get it, electric cars are effeminate men, because while they resemble more powerful vehicles visually, they lack the masculine aggressive qualities that sets them apart from, say, a sports car. Not that funny, but I get what they're saying. It is very dangerous to restrict free speech, and organizations like GLAAD are only strengthening a scary and blossoming ultra-PC world of censorship and eggshell-walking. We need to step back and realize that it is more important that we preserve freedom of expression. As gay people I'm sure we have all heard more offensive comments than that joke. I think we should try to have a sense of humor about it (it would help if the joke was actually funny, but we can't protest that). It is the same lack of humor that many Christians have about things being "offensive" to a group of people. Either way, it is incredible how fat Vince Vaughn got.

    Posted by: FRANK | Oct 16, 2010 7:57:27 PM

  2. Okay, so maybe Vince Vaughn’s humor won’t be GLAAD’s cup of tea, but if the most homophobic thing they can concentrate their time on at the moment is Vince Vaughn calling a car gay; the gays area doin’ alright.'t-make-fun-of-gays/

    Posted by: carouser | Oct 18, 2010 10:07:14 PM

  3. My friend and I have made a response video to Vince Vaughn and Ron Howard that you may find enjoyable:
    It’s called “That’s so Vince Vaughn’s Mother’s Pussy.”
    Hope you enjoy.

    Posted by: SFHarry | Oct 26, 2010 3:32:55 PM

  4. i agree with Vince - this is stupid to be outraged over and there are tons of other films where they say things like this. Look at 40 year old virgin. Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan used the "you know how I know you're gay?" joke throughout the film - no outrage. It was funny, and as a gay man I laughed and was not offended because the context was not hateful.

    It's cool to be on the anti-bullying bandwagon now but when you give these words extra attention they become even stronger.

    @Robert - it's exactly like the South Park episode.

    Posted by: jgm22 | Nov 29, 2010 9:25:27 AM

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