Ron Howard Keeps “Gay” Joke In THE DILEMMA
When trailers for Ron Howard’s new film THE DILEMMA were premiered, they featured Vince Vaughn’s character stating that electric cars were “gay” during a pitch meeting. The preview appeared around the same time as the wave of teenage suicides hit the country, where the teens were victims of anti-gay harassment. The line was removed from the trailer in light of the events.
Ron Howard recently stated that he understands why the line was removed from the previews; however it will not be cut from the film itself. A quote from Howard states: “The Dilemma is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids. It’s true that the moment took on extra significance in light of some events that surrounded the release of the trailer and the studio made the decision to remove it from advertising, which I think was appropriate. I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.”
The quip is a slight moment in the film, and is meant to magnify the personality of the lead character played by Vaughn. Vaughn also spoke out in defense of The Dilemma with the following statement:
“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 divided lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us.”
The Dilemma is set for a January 2011 release date.
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