October 15th, 2010
10:07 AM ET
When it comes to "The Dilemma," Vince Vaughn is conflicted.
Though Universal Pictures pulled the phrase "Electric cars are gay" from the comedy's trailer after both GLAAD and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper complained that such words are insensitive and harmful, the 40-year-old actor now says he wishes the language had been left in.
"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," Vaughn said in a statement to CNN.
"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," he said.
"Most importantly," he added, "where does it stop."
"The Dilemma," which stars Vaughn as a man who discovers that the wife of his best friend (Kevin James) is having an affair, is set to arrive in theaters in 2011, which means there's still plenty of time to re-cut another trailer for the film.
But will Universal comply with Vaughn's wishes? Stay tuned.
Update, 12:13 p.m.: GLAAD has issued a statement in response to Vaughn's remarks addressing the use of the word "gay" in the "The Dilemma."
“Jokes can bring people together, but they can also push us apart," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios says in the statement. "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.”
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