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'Tower Heist' Director Brett Ratner Apologizes for Saying 'Rehearsal's for Fags' to Screening Audience

Audiences at a screening for director Brett Ratner's new film Tower Heist were reportedly "stunned" on Friday night when Ratner used an anti-gay slur during a question and answer session with the audience, The Wrap reports:

RatnerThe exchange went like this, according to a video of the event that was posted on the internet but later removed:

Q: So you get this entire group of actors together -- what was rehearsal like?

A: Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags. Rehearsal. Not much. A lot of prep, preparation, complex action sequences, visual effects. Storyboards, animatics. The process was I made the actors stick to the script. And they wanted to, because the script was great.

Ratner has now written a statement of apology to The Wrap:

“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 tweeted that they are going to be demanding action from Universal and The Academy (Ratner is a producer on the Oscars).

UPDATE: Later, GLAAD wrote, "This apology is a good start, but we're working with Ratner's people for more action, to clearly send a message to Hollywood that the anti-gay slurs used by bullies and bigots have no place in the world of entertainment, or anywhere else."

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  1. Yes slepey bear

    This is the man who ruined the x-men movie franchise

    Ruined what Bryan Singer created

    The only movie I ever saw directed by him and he proved himself as to why I never watch his stuff

    Posted by: say what | Nov 7, 2011 8:29:06 PM


  2. That was honestly, flat-out offensive. If he "doesn't have a prejudiced bone in his body," why was that word/*concept* on the tip of his tongue?

    That's the kind of talk that tortures gay kids.

    Posted by: ugh | Nov 7, 2011 8:41:07 PM


  3. The movie did not open as strong as expected which means that having Eddie Murphy host the Oscars is looking like one bad idea. The movie looks like the usual Hollywood formula and he will not be getting my money.

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 7, 2011 10:03:30 PM


  4. Brett Ratner. Hmmm, never heard of him before. And I will boycott ANYTHING with his name connected to it from here on out.

    Tower Heist looked dumb. But I go to the movies pretty regularly with friends, and I would have likely watched it if the time was right and a friend wanted to check it out.

    No way in He** I'm going to see Tower Heist now...and you can be Da** sure I'll mention to every friend of mine not to watch it if/when the topic of movies comes up. (And I like to talk about current movies to pick which ones to watch.)

    And Brett Ratner should not be allowed to be connected to the Oscars in ANY way (except he can pay for his ticket, I guess, if he'd otherwise be invited at all).

    Why? Cuz I've always had respect for the Oscars. I'd rather not lose that respect for the Oscars.

    And I have ZERO respect for Brett Ratner.

    Words mean things. And you can't take them back. (Never mind even how half-ass his apology was.)

    The fact that Brett Ratner will still have a career after this SHOWS how anti-gay Hollywood STILL is.

    One day, the entertainment industry will change. One day...

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Nov 7, 2011 11:34:29 PM


  5. And that, ladies and gentlemen, in a nutshell, is how a mediocre movie with mixed reviews named "Crash" wins a Best Picture Oscar over a 25-Best-Picture-critics'-award winner named "Brokeback Mountain." Homophobia is alive and well in the industry, especially among straight men who write, produce and direct.

    Posted by: Dback | Nov 7, 2011 11:45:40 PM


  6. Well, Here is my 2 cents. Nothing is going to happen to Brett Ratner. Also if the gays themselves don't use these slurs then maybe other folks wouldn't neither.

    And please I hear it too many times coming from the kids. It starts at home first!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Nov 8, 2011 1:11:13 AM


  7. ONCE AGAIN GAY WHITE MEN....YOU ARE THE MOST "IST" PEOPLE AROUND....YET SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU....YOU FALL TO PIECES......TRY TO COMPARE THIS WORD TO BLACK PEOPLE...THE NOST PRE-DOMINATE ABD ORIGINAL RACE ON THE PLANET....YOU ARE REALLY STRETCHING HERE DUDES...NOT A GOOD LOOK FOR YOU....AT ALL! GET OSME BACKBONE...FIGHT YOUR OWN GODDAMN BATTLES WITH TRYING TO BELITTLE OTHERS......

    Posted by: Shannon | Nov 8, 2011 1:24:52 AM


  8. Yes, maybe he had rehearsals his movies would not TOTALLY suck and let us not forget how Brett RATner nearly ruined the X-Men franchise.

    Posted by: chadSF | Nov 8, 2011 2:00:44 AM


  9. Argh, and this is the guy petitioning Universal to let him make Wicked? What a jackass. Other than the fact most of his movies suck, this is a great reason to not let him touch it.

    Posted by: Tyroga | Nov 8, 2011 2:00:58 AM


  10. You can boycott old hags Britney, Mariah Carey and Madonna as well considering they're friends with him and have had him direct videos for them.

    Posted by: Sergio | Nov 8, 2011 2:19:17 AM


  11. Well, I'll be spending my f¤g money elsewhere then. Not that I'm gonna miss anything. He sucks at making movies big time. And I'm not even saying that to be spiteful. It's my honest opinion.

    Pathetic little lowlife "man".

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Nov 8, 2011 3:26:55 AM


  12. It's ironic GLAAD and some gay people immediately raise pitchforks and scream bloody murder whenever some straight celebrity makes a bad joke using a gay slur, but overlook problems like racism within their own community.

    I heard plenty of white gay men make racist or negative stereotypical insults about minorities in public. Then criticize minorities for being oversensitive if they say something about it. Of course GLAAD pretends it doesn't exist either.

    Posted by: Marcos | Nov 17, 2011 2:53:29 AM


  13. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...

    http://www.terrylevine.com/2011/03/the-queer-case-of-racism-in-the-gay-community.html

    Posted by: Marcos | Nov 17, 2011 2:58:55 AM


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