GLAAD is calling on Universal Pictures to not use the word "gay" as an insult in its upcoming film "The Dilemma," and in the movie's corresponding trailer.
The trailer opens with the phrase "Electric cars are gay." Vince Vaughn's character quickly points out that he doesn't mean, "homosexual, gay, but, you know, my parents are chaperoning the dance, gay."
So "gay" means "stupid," get it? Then why not just have him say "Electric cars are stupid?"
We all know the answer - it's because that's not funny. What makes it funny, in the eyes of Universal, is the inclusion of the word "gay." But as the entire country has painfully learned over the past several weeks, that's not funny either. In fact, it's especially unfunny, not to mention distasteful. What's even worse is that the film appears to have nothing whatsoever to do with LGBT themes or issues. It's just a throwaway line.
One that really needs to be thrown away.
Making gay people the butt of a joke--even when the joke itself claims they're not--feeds into damaging bias against gay people. "Dilemma's" use of the word "gay" as an insult contributes to a social environment in which gay people are ridiculed, discriminated against--or even worse. Most troubling are the impacts to gay youth who endure bullying with such epithets: movies like "The Dilemma" that use anti-gay humor give a green light to negative words and hurtful acts that contribute to gay children's low self-esteem, perceived lack of safety and even--as we have seen in recent series of bullying-related suicides and anti-gay attacks--violence.
Rather than ignoring current events, Universal Pictures should be especially sensitive to the power of words and the message they send young people about their self-worth.
"When 'gay' is used as a pejorative in such a public way for millions to see and laugh with, it legitimizes and propels the many taunts that gay people endure," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "Amidst a rash of bullying related suicides and anti-gay hate crimes, we need to tell Universal and America that our community is tired of being used as a punch line."
Here’s how you can help:
2. Twitter users, please click here to post this tweet or copy and paste this tweet:
RT @glaad: Words can hurt. Tell @UniversalPics to remove anti-gay language from the movie "The Dilemma." http://glaad.org/thedilemma
3. Share this page, www.glaad.org/thedilemma, on Facebook.
4. If you prefer, send your own email using the contacts below. 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. If Universal insists on keeping the homophobic material in the final movie they are helping to fuel a climate that endorses and promotes anti-gay attitudes. Please also demand that Universal live up to its word and remove the trailer from ALL theatres immediately.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES CONTACTS:
Executive Vice President, Publicity
President of Marketing
Executive Vice President and Head of Creative Advertising
(818) 777- 1000
FOR RESOURCES ON HOW TO STOP ANTI-GAY BULLING PLEASE CONSULT THE GAY, LESBIAN AND STRAIGHT EDUCATION NETWORK'S THINK B-4 YOU SPEAK CAMPAIGN:
FOR GLAAD'S COMPLETE LIST OF ANTI-BULLYING RESOURCES, GO HERE:
IF YOU SEE THE OFFENSIVE TRAILER PLAYING IN YOUR LOCAL THEATRE PLEASE CONTACT GLAAD WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE AND WHEN IT SHOWED: