Vince Vaughn Responds to the Dilemma of His Dilemma Trailer
10.15.10 by Ryan
The first trailer for the Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma opened with star Vince Vaughn making what would become a controversial joke. "Electric cars...are gay," Vaughn began. "Not homosexual-gay, but 'my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance-gay.'"
The joke was immediately criticized for its lack of sensitivity, most notably by Anderson Cooper during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The CNN journalist said "we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable 'cause those words are hurting kids."
Universal immediately issued another trailer, while the old trailer continued to play in theaters. "[The removal of the old trailer] has to happen on a theater-by-theater basis, and it isn't the kind of thing that happens instantaneously," a Universal spokesperson explained to The LA Times this week. "The new trailer will begin appearing in theaters this Friday and we believe at that time the old trailer will no longer appear anywhere."
With gay and lesbian advocacy group GLAAD calling for the line to be removed from the movie entirely, Vaughn has also decided to speak out about the controversy, defending the use of the word.
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 plot of The Dilemma has little to nothing to do with the controversy it caused, though it is, ironically, about a moral quandary. Vaughn plays an engineer who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating and isn't sure if he should tell him. Universal would not confirm that the joke has been removed, but there's no trace of it in the latest trailer.