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Here's the Brett Ratner 'Rehearsal's for Fags' VIDEO


Yesterday, Brett Ratner issued a lame apology after stunning a Tower Heist screening audience on Friday night by using an anti-gay slur during a question and answer session.

RatnerAfter being asked what rehearsals are like, Ratner declared "rehearsal's for fags" and elicited a large nervous laugh from the audience.


Ratner issued an apology: “I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”

GLAAD said they were calling for more action than an apology. Ratner is a producer on the Oscars. Would the Academy have shown him the door already had this been a racial slur instead?

UPDATE: Apparently The Academy won't be taking action, according to a response from AMPAS president Tom Sherak to Deadline.

But Sherak made it crystal clear that another indiscreet comment will not be tolerated. “His remarks were inappropriate,” Sherak told Deadline. “He said it best in his apology, that his comments were dumb and insensitive. When you think of our community, it went against all the beliefs of the creative community we represent. He knew it was wrong and he issued that response as quickly as any human being ever has. The bottom line is, this won’t and can’t happen again. It will not happen again. He apologized and we will move forward. How do I know this? I’ve known this man for a very long time. He has many friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart. If I didn’t believe it, I would do something about it. This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn’t mean it.”

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  1. I'd say that the gays have a pretty long history of being persecuted - like the last 2,000 f**king years!

    Posted by: Phineas Talbot | Nov 8, 2011 1:21:52 PM

  2. The core of the problem isn't that I or we or gay people or gay-friendly people got their feelings hurt.

    No. The core of the problem is that Brett Rattner or ANYONE uses OR ACCEPTS this sort of language because they BELEIVE IT'S TRUE.

    In 1885, you could toss around ni**er or ki*e or how many other slurs and no one batted an eye. Heck, even regular-going people you referred to would DEFEND you...just like many TR-posters even defend Rattner and others. Cuz most gay-folk today have faced so much hate that they endorse this sort of bullsh** as harmless--because they don't want to take on the emotional burden of the TRUTH: The acceptance of this sort of language reflects an underlying belief that gay people are inferior. And that it's ok to slip up sometimes and admit that you think so, too. Cuz it's true right?

    And then when 13 yos (or ill-adjusted 18 yo's or 23 yo's) kill themselve because they feel like no one would value them----

    well, that's just a reflection of the TRUTH that gay people are inferior, right?!!

    THIS is the message "the Academy" is sending to Amerika this year.

    What an "Academy."


    Posted by: just_a_guy | Nov 8, 2011 1:35:36 PM

  3. If Brett Rattner has a conscience and TRULY loves his gay "friends" as fellow EQUAL human beings... he will resign from his role with the Oscar's this year.

    I'm waiting.

    One can hope, right?

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Nov 8, 2011 1:38:44 PM

  4. i'm not that offended by it. i do think he was trying to praise himself and had to cut a corner to not be too blantent, so he threw a ridiculous joke in there and forgot he's supposed to try and not say 'fags'. but whatever he apologized. i didn't know much about him before this and i'll continue to not know much about him.

    Posted by: MKe | Nov 8, 2011 2:23:56 PM

  5. It's not about punishing someone for a "mistake." And a joke shows the truth of someone's beliefs--perhaps more than anything.

    It's about the message that the Academy sends to young Americans---whether LGBT or with LGBT classmates or siblings.

    Is it honorable for the Academy to send the message they are sending by keeping Brett Rattner as a celebrated, respected illustration of the craft, business, and integrity of show business?

    Is it really?

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Nov 8, 2011 2:35:06 PM

  6. Maybe he was saying that gay people are over-achievers and like to work and practice really hard to get it right?

    Oh, what am I saying....

    This is a dude who masterbates with shrimp fat on his hand, so his opinion on gays and lesbians is about as relevant as Barney the crackheads's.

    Shrimp fat, dudes, shrimp fat.

    Posted by: Rin | Nov 8, 2011 2:38:01 PM

  7. Rehearsals are for f*gs, cleaning toilets is for n-words, and all K*kes are nasty, pushy, pompous, and control Hollywood. All blonds are stupid. All lesbians play.... lacrosse? sigh.... feel free to add your own stereotype to promote, positively or negatively. This guy is so nasty and pompous...

    Posted by: Louie | Nov 8, 2011 3:11:54 PM

  8. @Louie...ok, but ur comment seems a bit dismissive:
    -your comment about Jews and Lesbians could be read as compliments.
    -blonds are not REALLY discriminated against, please.

    But the notion that "rehearsals are for fags" has the CLEAR subtext that gay guys just can't get it right, can't "play ball," are not "real men," etc.

    Too many young gay men internalize these false beliefs. I don't even need to spell out the dire consequences.

    The Academy is sending the wrong message by saying these beliefs are as harmless as joking about blonds being ditzy.

    I don't think it's too much to expect them to own up to what's going on and to act responsibly.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Nov 8, 2011 3:49:51 PM

  9. My posts haven't been clearing, don't know why. Anyway, did he use the slur in an off the cuff manner, or was he making a homophobic joke? I think that, obviously, he's wrong in either case. Unfortunately this word, along with other slurs, have become so normalized that a lot of people use it without realizing the power behind it----or caring about the power behind it. Mr. Ratner has no excuse, though, as he's in a business that is filled to the brim with gay and lesbian individuals. The fact he didn't know better than to not use this type of language in itself is alarming. At the very least, it shows a lack of character and professionalism.

    Whether he'd be fired if he used other slurs, I think that a lot of people are going to take this as Mr. Ratner saying something unfortunate "in jest". Which is ridiculous, but that's how it is. Like we saw with Tracy Morgan and Kobe Bryant, using gay slurs arbitrarily with offensive intent is not acceptable in our society. But using them in jest still is, which is the problem. Ultimately, the Academy's response is decent, but action needs to be taken here, in one form or another, to take a stand against this sort of offensive language.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 8, 2011 4:11:57 PM

  10. Please sign this petition to the Academy, asking them to replace Ratner as producer of the Oscars. All letters are emailed directly to the Academy:

    An apology from Ratner is not enough, nor would any statement from the Academy merely distancing themselves from the original remark. As Mark Harris of ( so eloquently stated:

    "I’ve had to listen to versions of every one of these mea-not-quite-culpas over the years and seriously, I’m no longer interested in patiently witnessing the slow arc of a public figure’s learning curve. What I do care about is what the Academy does, which should be either to ask for and receive his resignation from the show or to drop him as the producer of a show that is supposed to represent the best the industry has to offer. There’s not really a long, nuanced debate to be had about this. If he had used an equivalent racial or religious slur, the discussion would go something like, 'You’re fired.' Apology or not. The same rule applies here. You don’t get a mulligan on homophobia. Not in 2011."

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 8, 2011 5:33:53 PM

  11. This hack is the new, straight, Allan Carr. All he needs is a caftan, &
    a pile of coke in front of him. He even bought Carr's old home in
    Beverly Hills. Like Carr, he makes lousy movies, trys to bang every- one new in town, is all trash, and flash-no class. He's a fat pig,
    who thinks he's attractive. And now, he's producing the Oscars ?
    He'll ruin the show-just like Carr did in 1989, with Rob Lowe / Snow
    White. HOMOPHOBE.

    Posted by: vicente M. | Nov 8, 2011 5:57:42 PM

  12. "This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn’t mean it.” - And Kobe did? Kobe was also using it to mean something besides "gay," and he was fined? Why does Brett get off so easy?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Nov 8, 2011 8:14:55 PM

  13. "If he said, "cleaning toilets is for n-words," his career would be over." - If he had used the "N" word, all the black people in the audience would have 1. Not clapped. 2. Jumped up on stage and whooped his ass.

    When GAY people start acting like BLACK people and begin kicking ass and taking names, then you'll see the same results. But, until that happens, the F word is not going anywhere, quickly.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Nov 8, 2011 8:28:17 PM

  14. This reminds me of a scene from the movie "Big". A ten year old boy suddenly finds himself in a man's body being interviewed by an adult.

    Posted by: Bob | Nov 8, 2011 10:54:23 PM

  15. ratner is the men!

    Kill the fags!!!

    Posted by: Anti-gay | Nov 10, 2011 7:49:24 PM

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