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04/19/2007


Brett Ratner Out as Oscar Producer Following Anti-Gay Slur

Director Brett Ratner is out as Oscar producer, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

RatnerDirector Brett Ratner is planning to step down as Oscar producer, a source close to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tells The Hollywood Reporter. The source says a decision has been made and the Academy will make an announcement shortly.

Calls to the Academy were not returned.

UPDATE — The Academy has now issued a statement:

This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak. Ratner then issued an open letter to the entertainment industry in which he explained his decision.

"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," Sherak said. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."

Here's Ratner's letter to the entertainment industry. And an update from GLAAD.

“When we sat down with Brett today, he seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a way to begin speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “We believe this resignation is just the first step and will be announcing a series of concrete actions in coming days and weeks with Brett.”

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.

After being asked what rehearsals are like, Ratner declared "rehearsal's for fags", stunning the audience.

Watch the video HERE.

Yesterday, AMPAS President Tom Sherak, said the Academy would give Ratner a chance: "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.”

However, anger has been building.

Earlier today, the L.A. Times wrote, " Whatever goodwill he might have had for assuming the thankless job of producing the Oscars is now long gone."

And The Wrap asked, muzzle Brett Ratner or fire him?

Adding: "Calls for Brett Ratner's firing from the Oscar telecast are growing as word of his gay slur and raunchy remarks on the Howard Stern show are circulating. Mark Harris, a columnist for Entertainment Weekly and the Oscars columnist for ESPN's Grantland, called for Ratner's dismissal on Monday. Tuesday morning he was joined by Salon movie writer Andrew O'Hehir."


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

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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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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'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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