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Vince Vaughn 'Glad' Gay Joke to Stay in 'The Dilemma'

"It wasn't a derogatory term...We clarified within the joke [that it was] not 'homosexual-gay' but, you know, your parents are chaperoning a dance," he says.

Vince Vaughn approves of the controversial gay joke in his upcoming comedy, The Dilemma.

"I'm glad to hear it's staying the movie," the actor said on the Q100 Bert Radio Show Wednesday, referring to a scene in the film in which he says "electric cars… are gay." After GLAAD objected, Universal pulled the line from a trailer, but director Ron Howard later defended the scene, explaining that Vaughn's character "has a mouth that sometimes gets him into trouble…we never expected [the joke] to represent our intentions or the point of view of the movie or those of us who made it."


"We're not trying to hurt anyone's feelings. If there's tensions there, ultimately, it brings us together, it makes us more comfortable," Vaughn says.

Continued Vaughn on the radio, "It wasn't a derogatory term...We clarified within the joke [that it was] not 'homosexual-gay' but, you know, your parents are chaperoning a dance."

He says pushing boundaries is "the point" of comedy: "We're not trying to hurt anyone's feelings. If there's tensions there, ultimately, it brings us together, it makes us more comfortable."

He says he respects Universal’s decision to pull the controversial line from the promo in light of media attention to gay bullying. "With all the things that were happening at the time, Universal was trying to be respectful of the climate," he said.

But Vaughn insists he doesn't make jokes "at anyone's expense" and he doesn't have "any maliciousness."