Posted on Fri Oct 15, 2010 05:30 AM PDT
After Universal Pictures pulled the derogatory use of the word "gay" from their Dilemma trailer at the behest of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the film's star, Vince Vaughn, is speaking out.
The actor made a comment which seems to say he wants the "joke" to stay: "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."
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios responded with the following:
- â€œJokes can bring people together, but they can also push us apart. When 'gay' is used as a pejorative, it frequently sends a message - particularly to youth and their bullies - that being gay is wrong and something to laugh at. We invite Vince Vaughn to work with us and help ensure that gay youth and those perceived to be gay aren't put in harm's way by such jokes.â€
Do you agree?
When is comedy just comedy or when making potentially offensive jokes, is it always a social/political statement?
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