“Ladies and Gentlemen, electric cars… are gay. I mean, not homosexual gay, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-me-to-the-dance gay.”
Deadline reports that Universal had shown the trailer to GLAAD and that some of the marketing people in charge were themselves gay (sounds crazy, I know…) and no one had had a problem with it. Nonetheless, they’re pulling it after Anderson Cooper had this to say (video after the jump) on Ellen this week:
“I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, ‘That’s so gay,’ and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview. They thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it… We’ve got to do something to make those words unacceptable ’cause those words are hurting kids.”
Oh yeah, I’m sure this will totally keep adolescent boys from calling each other gay. I love you, Anderson, but come on, pick your battles: “gay” had a meaning before it meant “homosexual”. For someone to use “gay” and explicitly refer it back to the non-homosexual meaning IS NOT OFFENSIVE. And no, “that’s so gay” is not the same as the N-word, so stop using that argument. It’s stupid. Their history and their connotations are completely different. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I refuse to believe that the most offensive thing about a movie starring Kevin James dancing, written by Allan Loeb and starring Queen Latifah and C-Tates, is that someone said something was “gay.” Offensive to gay people? No. Offensive to intelligent people? Definitely.
(The part about the movie begins at 5:45 of the video)