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Not a good Monday for Brett Ratner: in addition to waking up to the disappointing box-office results of 'Tower Heist,' Ratner found himself in a world of hot water after remarking to a crowd of moviegoers on Friday night in Los Angeles that, "Rehearsing's for fags." On Monday afternoon, many prominent film writers wondered whether that kind of slur would get Ratner fired from his next job: producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards. As it turns out, that won't happen. Yet.
"His remarks were inappropriate," Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak told Deadline. "[Ratner] said it best in his apology: that his comments were dumb and insensitive. When you think of our community, it went against all the beliefs of the creative community we represent. He knew it was wrong and he issued that response as quickly as any human being ever has. The bottom line is, this won't and can't happen again. It will not happen again. He apologized and we will move forward. 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 I 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."
Sherak might be convinced, but don't expect GLAAD to take this so lightly. Vulture reports that the watchdog organization thought Ratner's words were "unacceptable" and the group has plans for "further action."
As for Ratner, he'll likely keep a lower profile now than he has before. Though "lower profile" might have a different definition for the embattled director. After all, on Monday morning, two full days after saying the gay slur -- and, judging from his own apology, knowing it was wrong -- Ratner appeared with Howard Stern on SiriusXM and talked about his fondness for giving oral sex to females, as well as the time he made Lindsay Lohan get an STD test before having sex with her. "This was before she was actually 'Lindsay Lohan,'" Ratner said (according to TheWrap). "She was really young." That doesn't sound like a guy concerned about his words getting him in trouble, does it?
[via Deadline, Vulture, TheWrap]
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