Vince Vaughn criticized by Anderson Cooper
VIDEO: 'Shocked' by gay slur in movieUniversal Pictures is replacing the current trailer for "The Dilemma," which has been criticized by Anderson Cooper for using the word "gay" in a pejorative context.
In a statement released Friday, Universal said, "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."
In the current trailer's opening scene, Vince Vaughn is see delivering the line, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay."
In an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week to discuss bullying, Cooper singled out the film (due in theaters January 2011), saying, "I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'that's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview, they thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it." (Via Just Jared/Huffington Post)
Cooper continued, "I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids. Someone else I talked to recently said that the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue. And when you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself. I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids."
Gregg Kilday contributed to this report.