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GLAAD’s Jarrett Barrios Isn’t Sure If Hollywood Hates Gays. Did He Read The Dilemma‘s Original Script?


I don’t know. At GLAAD, for instance, we issue a network responsibility analysis every year on the place of gays in the TV industry, and there has been enormous progress. Even though we’re seeing progress, we continue to see jokes and language and storylines that use these unsavory stereotypes that hurt gay people. In this case, hope springs eternal at GLAAD. There’s still time for Universal to do the right thing.

—GLAAD head Jarrett Barrios, saying he’s unsure if Hollywood remains homophobic, even in light of the The Dilemma fracas, which, uh, could’ve been much worse.

Writer Oli Lyttelton says:

Whatever the film’s supporters might say, there is something faintly offensive about the scene — in Allan Loeb’s screenplay, dated a year ago, Vaughn’s character goes on to say “Not homosexual gay… but soft gay, unmanly gay, quiet and small gay” (in the trailer, the line was “my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay”) and that “if you’re a real man… you don’t want an electronic car,” which tries to swerve [around the] homophobia while still taking the word as a slur, and at no point is he reprimanded for his stance by any other character.

The movie, which comes out in January from director Ron Howard, still has the revised joke in it at this point, despite GLAAD’s calls for Universal to pull it.

Meanwhile, what about Chrysler, the self-professed gay-friendly automaker that “provided” the vehicles in (and perhaps some additional financial incentives to) The Dilemma? It’s keeping mostly mum, saying it had no role in the script or the decision to take the joke out of the trailer.


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  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again:

    On September 11, 2001, if Al-Qaeda had flown those planes into the Hollwood sign, instead of the World Trade Center towers, America would be a better place today.

  • Justin N.

    @Mr. Enemabag Jones: What a disgusting thing to say. I am an American — from Louisiana, then Boston, then Dallas. And everywhere I go in this great land I find people who are different politically, socially, physically, and in every other way imaginable. And the shocking cruelty and blasphemy Al-Qaeda committed on September 11th reminded most of us of the things that bind us together — the common good. I suppose for a few, like you, it simply reminded you of what you DISlike about your neighbors and fellow countrymen.

    This land is OURS. ALL of it. And, I love all her people — Hollywood included! Tell you what, EINSTEIN… Put your money where your mouth is. The very NEXT time you turn on that television or go to a movie theatre, you will have demonstrated how empty your words are. I hope you were simply venting and can see how truly full of shit you are.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    Justin N., if you were going to give the earth an enema, you’d stick the hose in Hollywood.

  • GayDNCBoycott

    What a disgusting bigot. Go back to your Gay Republican or Teaparty meeting.

  • Viral

    @Mr. Enemabag Jones: You do realize the Hollywood “sign” is a series of letters attached to a small mountain. America technically would be a much better place as the global stock market wouldn’t have been assaulted, thousands of innocent lives wouldn’t have been lost and some silly terrorist would’ve run into a mass of earth. Good observation -_-

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