Monday, October 11, 2010
Universal Pulls Trailer
Universal studios recently pulled a new movie trailer that’s out for “The Dilemma” starring Vince Vaughn. The reason behind the pull is due to language, in the trailer, that some have found quite offensive. Vaughn uses the word “gay” repeatedly in a derogatory way equating it with the word “stupid.” Specifically, in the scene he says that “electric cars are gay” and the company he works for should close the plant. GLAAD has been the most outspoken against Universal especially due to the recent suicides across the country. “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. We are now living in an environment with a heightened sense of sensitivity towards the LGBT community since as seen by Universal’s decision. Also speaking out against the ad is CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He has also recently launched a major campaign to help struggling LGBT teens in desperate need that have nowhere to turn. One lesson to take away from the suicides and the Universal trailer is that we all need to add tolerance to our daily lives and be weary of those around us that need extra help. Always be on the lookout for the quiet kid in the corner and make sure to ask him/her how he/she is. A sincere “hello” can go a long way and even save a life.
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