Ron Howard was “kind of surprised” by the reaction to Vince Vaughn’s “electric cars are gay” line in The Dilemma because he, just like kids today, see that word being tossed around “on TV shows, especially comedies, a lot,” he tells the robots on The View. And if everyone else is doing it, then c’mon, why can’t a big Hollywood director just fall into line and follow the pack?
Howard’s explanation here, albeit brief, mirrors his earlier statement that came about when everyone was fuming over The Dilemma‘s trailer. And as he did then, the director insists the use of the word by Vaughn passes the kosher test because that’s just the type of character Vaughn is playing. I’m actually quite fine with this rationale! Douchebag characters say douchebag things. What I’m not fine with, however, is when guys like Vaughn defend use of the word for the sake of getting a laugh, and pretend that unless movie characters say offensive things we will remain a divided nation. (Seriously, he said that.) That’s a cop out.