Brett Ratner says Rehearsal is for “Fags”
Heads up, y’all: if you live by the phrase “practice makes perfect,” Brett Ratner thinks you’re a fag.
At least the director of the new movie Tower Heist said as much during a Q&A session after a screening of said movie.
A reporter asked Ratner whether he rehearses or practices with his actors, to which he casually waved his hand and said, “Rehearsal is for fags.”
Now, we’ve all heard our fair share of negative stereotypes of the LGBT community, but “practicing to get better” seems to be a pretty good one in my book. Maybe we can make it stick.
Ratner, however, could only be so lucky. There has been tons of outrage over his comment, and of course
his publicist he wrote an apology, citing the typical, “Duh guys, I didn’t mean it for reals” excuse.
While I don’t know exactly how Ratner feels about the LGBT community, his statement was in very poor taste no matter what. Either he’s a homophobe or he’s of the mindset that “gay means stupid,” and neither of those do very much for him.
So while I guess he’s not directly calling out gays and being really derogatory, he is perpetuating that it’s OK for people to equate gay with stupid, and to throw around the word fag when your friend spills soda on the carpet.
Worth noting, Ratner actually resigned from producing the Academy Awards over this controversy. That seems like a good first step to rebuild some bridges.
What do you guys think? Are you buying it?
(via Perez Hilton)