Brett Ratner apologizes for gay slur
November 8th, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Brett Ratner apologizes for gay slur

According to New York Magazine's Vulture, "Tower Heist" director Brett Ratner has apologized for remarking that "rehearsal is for fags" at a premiere over the weekend.

Ratner told The Wrap, "I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words."

But is that enough? The director is slated to produce the Oscars, but some critics are campaigning to have him dismissed from the job.

The blog Grantland features a piece called "Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner," in which Mark Harris argues that had the slur been racial or religious in nature, there’d be no question that Ratner would be fired. "You don’t get a mulligan on homophobia,” Harris writes. “Not in 2011."

GLAAD has also spoken out about Ratner's comment, calling it "unacceptable."

But Tom Sherak, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, gave a statement to Deadline that suggests he’s standing behind Ratner, slurs and all.

"The bottom line is, this won’t and can’t happen again. It will not happen again. He apologized and we will move forward,” Sherak said. “How do I know this? I’ve known this man for a very long time. He has many friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart. If it didn’t believe it, I would do something about it. This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn’t mean it."

And that's not all: Ratner has also been speaking freely about Lindsay Lohan.

While on Howard Stern's radio show Monday, Ratner bragged about sleeping with the actress “before she was actually ‘Lindsay Lohan.’ She was really young.”

He also says that he didn't actually sleep with Olivia Munn: "I said I banged her three times, which isn't true."

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  5. Jim

    this guy is obviously a clown...but I liked the movie more than most Tower Heist

    November 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dara

    and who is the sensitive az*h0le that keep deleting comments?

    November 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. REALLLY???!!!

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  13. Col. Walter E. Kurtz.

    Wow...aren't just a lil sensitive beeyotchs...I mean come on for f*k sake...No wonder we are a nation of overly those that are too PC....GF yourselves.....waaaaa....someone called someone gay...waaaaa....panzies...To hell with you all...I am going back up past the Doh-long Bridge.......Peace out wimps!

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  14. Andrew Hall

    "Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body." – Nor a classy one, apparently.

    Also..."While on Howard Stern's radio show Monday, Ratner bragged about sleeping with the actress “before she was actually ‘Lindsay Lohan.’ She was really young.”" – Ignoring for a moment that Lindsay was billed as herself at the age of 11 when she did The Parent Trap, I'm going to assume Ratner is referring to having slept with Lindsay at some point before Mean Girls – when she was 17. Ratner would have been 34 at the time.

    Note to Brett Ratner : learning to stop bragging about things like this NOW would be very good for you,

    November 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    Too much info. We don't really care about your love life. Pls keep it to yourself. In other words, STFU!!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

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