Thanks to CNN’s ‘AC360‘ news guy Anderson Cooper, Universal Studios has decided to do a 180 by yanking the trailer that derogatorily uses the word “gay” in Vince Vaughn’s new comedy ‘The Dilemma,’ reports E! Online.
Earlier this week, Cooper spoke to Ellen DeGeneres on her show about his reaction to the “That’s so gay” comment in the trailer. “I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview,” he told the host. “They thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it.”
After the silver-haired reporter expressed his outrage, the studio shortly thereafter released this statement: “The teaser trailer for ‘The Dilemma’ was not intended to cause anyone discomfort. In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer, which has been in the works for some time, will post online later today.”
A month earlier gay media watchdog group GLAAD had requested Universal Studios to remove the slur, saying it was “unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers.”
What say you? Do you find the ‘gay’ comment offensive? Do you think this was the appropriate course of action?