Vince Vaughn Wants to Keep The Gay Joke

By: The Superficial / October 15, 2010

See? He freakin’ loves them.

After Anderson Cooper complained on The Ellen Show, Universal Pictures was pressured into removing the following joke from its trailer for the upcoming Vince Vaughn film The Dilemna:

“Electric cars are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay but ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.”

From there it was rumored the joke would be removed from the entire movie, prompting Vince to send the following statement to Deadline:

“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?”

It’s no mystery where I stand on the issue of gay rights and the fact that homophobia is a byproduct of ancient religious rhetoric providing the simple-minded with an easy outlet for bigotry. But sometimes a joke is a just fucking joke. And sometimes the person calling out said joke is someone who’s afraid to be open and honest about his own sexuality. Which, I dunno, seems a tad disingenuous. I’m not saying Anderson Cooper needed to publicly blow a guy during this protest, but would it have hurt? That’s all I’m asking for reasons I’ll never quite fully understand because I blacked out for a second. What just happened?

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