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Friday, October 8, 2010

I agree with Anderson Cooper.
Either "The Dilemma" re-shoots a scene or there should be a boycott.


Anderson Cooper was on the Ellen Show and said he saw a trailer for a movie that had a character saying "That's so gay" in a derogatory way, using "gay" in the place of "stupid" or "lame" or "uncool". He said he hated that use of the language, but he did not name the movie.

I saw the same trailer this week. The movie is called The Dilemma and it is directed by Ron Howard and written by Alan Loeb. They should be ashamed of themselves. I'm not saying the phrase should never be uttered by anyone on screen ever, but the writer and director should know that when a character says that line, a large part of the audience will hate that character, assuming correctly that the character is mean and stupid. This line was put in the trailer in the mouth of the alleged hero of this alleged light comedy, played by Vince Vaughn.

The movie comes out in January. There is still time to re-shoot the offending scene. If Howard and Loeb have even a shred of dignity between them, they will bite the bullet and do the right thing. If not, let me be among the first to ask people of goodwill not to see this movie, which looks pretty damned stupid even without the pointlessly offensive scene in the trailer.

3 comments:

sfmike said...

Actually, I don't mind the use of "gay" as a synonym for tired, lame, or uncool. Better that than used as a synonym for perverted, disgusting, what have you. I will be boycotting the movie, however, for the simple reason that I find all (hetero) Ron Howard movies just about the definition of "gay," as in tired, lame and uncool. "A Beautiful Mind," my beautiful ass.

Go, Giants!

Karlacita! said...

When I first heard the term, I thought it meant too fabulous! Like, "This rococo gilt theater renovation is so gay!"

I was really sad when I understood that the term meant uncool or unacceptable.

Secretly, I still use the term to mean impossibly beautiful.

Matty Boy said...

I live in a neighborhood where people who are glad to resort to violence use it in the pejorative. It does bother me.