Vince Vaughn’s Dismal The Dilemma Opening Is Gay (But Not ‘Homosexual Gay’)

Aww, I bet you guys are really sad that after Universal Pictures' marketing coup for The Dilemma — which got every media outlet talking about the, uh, script — the film is expected to earn just .7 million during its four-day opening weekend, earning it second place against The Green Hornet, but marking Vince Vaughn's worst opening since 2001's Domestic Disturbance. (No, I don't remember what that movie was about, either.) The Ron Howard-directed film, which scored just 25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, cost million to make. Hey, at least Queen Latifah got paid!


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Vince Vaughn Defends Anti-Gay Joke in ‘The Dilemma’

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In late September, I posted the trailer to the Vince Vaughn/Kevin James film The Dilemma, which opened with an off-putting "electric cars are gay" joke, and after a reference from CNN's Anderson Cooper (and an up-till-then ignored request from GLAAD) the trailer was edited. GLAAD requested the joke be edited out of the film as well.

Now, Vince Vaughn is defending the joke:

"Let me add my voice of support to the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be. Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing dividing lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop?"

The problem is that Vaughn can't join the outrage over anti-gay bullying while contributing to (and collecting a paycheck for) the derogatory dialogue which to some makes that bullying permissible.


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With Trailer Edited, GLAAD Pressures Universal On ‘Dilemma’ Gay Scene

Vaughn GLAAD has upped the ante in its battle against Universal Pictures. The movie studio agreed last week to remove a "that's so gay" joke from the trailer of its upcoming comedy, The Dilemma.

Though GLAAD made a removal request more than a month ago, it only took a casual reference from Anderson Cooper to get the job done. Now GLAAD wants the joke removed entirely, and put up an online petition asking concerned citizens to voice their disapproval.

"Contact Universal Pictures and urge its representatives to remove offensive anti-gay language from the upcoming movie, The Dilemma. Tell them that phrases like 'that's so gay' are extremely damaging and contribute to putting young people in harm's way. Teen bullying is no joke," reads the petition. "Unfortunately the company has refused to agree to remove the scene in the movie before its January release date. Moreover, after promising to remove the anti-gay trailer, Universal has reportedly still not removed the trailer from theaters." The trailers have been changed online, and Universal insists it will switch out the in-theater previews next week.

Now, our dilemma: Do we pressure a movie studio to remove a joke from what sounds like an adult comedy — "A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair." — or let people make the decision about whether or not they want to see the flick, directed by Ron Howard and starring Vince Vaughn and Winona Ryder?


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‘Dilemma’ looks for solution

Screen Shot 2010-10-08 At 2.00.19 PmDue largely to complaints from one Anderson Cooper, Universal Pictures has pulled a trailer for the upcoming flick The Dilemma wherein star Vince Vaughn referred to electric cars as “gay.” This from TMZ:

Bowing to growing outrage from the likes of Anderson Cooper, Universal Pictures has decided to pull the trailer for the movie “The Dilemma” — and replace it with a new one some time today … Universal tells TMZ

Universal Pulls ‘Gay’ Movie Trailer [TMZ]

Don’t underestimate the power of the Coop. He smacks down crazy blog rants, lands a deal to become the new Oprah, and allows electric cars to come out on their own time. It’s the magical grey hair.

And besides, everyone knows the electric car is far more interested in what its tail pipe emits, not what it does or does not admit.

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*The original trailer

**UPDATE: Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood says, “Universal has now told me twice this morning that it sent an advance copy of its The Dilemma trailer to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for vetting and the organization didn’t object to it.” GLAAD, however, says:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Universal Announces Removal of Offensive Joke from Film Trailer

October 08, 2010, Los Angeles, CA – Last month Universal shared a link to the trailer for the film ‘The Dilemma’ with GLAAD. After reviewing, GLAAD called on Universal to remove the scene where the word ‘gay’ was used as a pejorative from the trailer. Today, after Anderson Cooper also spoke out against the scene, Universal confirmed to GLAAD that the offensive joke will be removed from promotional campaigns from this point forward, including in the trailer currently playing in movie theatres.

“The use of the word ‘gay’ in this trailer as a slur is unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

For more information please see glaadblog.org. (http://glaadblog.org/2010/10/08/after-consultations-with-glaad-universal-pulls-trailer-for-vince-vaughns-latest-film/).




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Here’s The Dilemma Trailer Without Vince Vaughn’s ‘So Gay’ Line. Makes Everything Better, Right?

Above, the new The Dilemma trailer from Universal Pictures, without Vince Vaughn's opening line about electric cars being "so gay," which got Anderson Cooper so upset. An unnamed Universal exec originally said the studio screened the trailer for the folks at GLAAD, who had no problem with it; GLAAD says that was a lie. So in order to see Vaughn's character utter the line, you'll have to buy a movie ticket, because Universal didn't strip the dialogue from the actual film. Success?

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