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Watch: Ron Howard Explains Why Gay Joke Stayed in 'The Dilemma'


Director Ron Howard appeared on The View and was asked about the controversy surrounding the film's trailer, in which actor Vince Vaughn uses the word "gay" in a derogatory joke in a meeting. The joke was removed from the trailer, but not the film, following action from GLAAD.

Said Howard on The View:

"I was a little surprised by it because you sort of see that used on TV shows and especially comedies a lot. But I would say yes and no, because it was completely out of context that they were evaluating it, and it was a piece of advertising, so it's not like they [made a] commitment [to go] see this person's film... This was being thrust upon people, and it's a very, very serious issue, so those who were raising the point were using popular entertainment to take a position I think that's incredibly valid and even important, and people should speak up. I agreed with Universal when they removed it [from the trailer]."

Howard went on to explain that the joke was not removed from the film because it's "the nature of that character Vince Vaughn plays" and it's "not lost on anyone within the framework of the scene."

Howard made no mention of his intimate moments on set with Channing Tatum.


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  1. NOW you see what the hollywood people that deify really think of you....

    Posted by: shannon | Jan 15, 2011 12:48:28 AM

  2. Gays are so quick to throw themselves under a bus.

    You do realize that the majority of audiences won't see Vaughn's character in a negative light because of this phrase?

    Gays have got to get their balls in order, and take a stand.

    Society couldn't care less about us since we won't even defend ourselves.

    This is simply unacceptable!

    Posted by: Al | Jan 15, 2011 7:46:22 PM

  3. Any gay people that would buy tickets to a Ron Howard movie are "so gay".

    Posted by: Aldo | Jan 15, 2011 9:13:44 PM

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