Anderson Cooper took a step away from respected news man towards leftist Rush Limbaugh today. He went on the Ellen Degeneres Show and launched an attack on the trailer for the new Vince Vaughn movie The Dilemma, a trailer which pretty much no one was paying any attention to at all until he started complaining about it. Well done Anderson.
His complaint is that Vince Vaughn’s very first line in the trailer is "that's gay" except at no point in the trailer does Vaughn say that. Actually what he says is this: “electric cars… are gay”. I guess maybe Anderson drives a Tesla. Or Anderson Cooper is just one of those people that’s really into telling people which words they’re allowed to use and somehow, Anderson Cooper now has enough clout to make major corporations do whatever he wants. Shortly after he aired his complaints today on Ellen, Universal Pictures told GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) that they're pulling The Dilemma trailer and will remove that line.
Earlier today I sat in a theater and watched the new trailer for Saw 3D in which the movie bragged about how many people it was going to kill, and how fucked up it was, and then threatened to kill the audience too. Nobody seems to have a problem with that. But Vince Vaughn, apparently, can’t call electric cars gay. Walk up to your garbage man and ask him what he thinks of electric cars. There’s a better than fifty-percent chance that the first words out of his mouth are “they’re gay”. Now walk into a gay bar, and ask the bartender what he thinks of electric cars. There’s a better than thirty-percent chance that the first words out of his mouth will be “they’re gay”. Welcome to reality Anderson Cooper.
Here’s The Dilemma trailer in question. Watch it before Anderson Cooper censors it out of existence.
Note that Vaughn goes out of his way at the beginning of the trailer to make it pretty clear that he’s not defaming homosexuals, and that he’s just using the word in the way the aforementioned garbage man is likely to use it in common vernacular. And the movie stars Vaughn as kind of a douchey marketing guy, the kind of guy who really would talk that way, even if you and I might not. Did Anderson Cooper miss the context and why does Universal care what he thinks? Let’s get gay marriage legalized in all 50 states and then start worrying about eliminating Vince Vaughn’s right to free speech. Wait, am I still allowed to call it gay marriage?
UPDATE! Here's a few direct quotes from Anderson Cooper's Ellen appearance this morning, as reported by Digital Spy.
"I was sitting in a movie theatre 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."
UPDATE 2! Universal has released a new, longer trailer to replace this one. Watch it right here.