Vince Vaughn: 'The Dilemma' Gay Joke “Breaks Tension and Brings Us Together”

Queen Latifah, Vince Vaughn, The Dilemma
Queen Latifah, Vince Vaughn, The Dilemma

The Dilemma's Vince Vaughn is probably not responsible for the fact that the derogatory #stopthatthatsgay was one of the top ten worldwide trending topics on Twitter on Friday evening.

Nor is Vaughn, director Ron Howard, and screenwriter Allan Loeb responsible for the worldwide bullying of teenagers and children perceived as “different,” i.e., “gay” or “queer,” or for the low self-esteem / self-hatred that plague millions of young people attracted to members of the same sex. (Gay ghetto culture is probably as much at fault here as mainstream society's bigotry.)

But Vaughn isn't helping matters any when, in response to Anderson Cooper's and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's criticisms, he asserts that the use of the word “gay” in The Dilemma – to imply something undesirable, unwelcome, obnoxious – is perfectly okay. (Universal has removed the line from the film's trailer.)

“Let me add my voice of support to the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be,” Vaughn was quoted as saying in a statement.

He then adds that “comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing divided lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop.”

Where indeed. So, the question is: If instead of “gay” the “comedy and joking about our differences” featured a line that read “That's so Mexican” – not “Mexican” as in South of the Border, mind you, but “Mexican” as in undesirable, unwelcome, obnoxious – would Vaughn, director Howard, and screenwriter Loeb find it “breaks tension” to have such funny hah-hah line in The Dilemma?

Replace “Mexican” with “black” or “Jewish” or “Muslim” or “Christian” or take-your-pick. Would any of those be acceptable?

If the answer is no, then Vaughn, Howard, Loeb, and the Universal honchos are a bunch of hypocrites. If the answer is yes, then Vaughn's character is a jerk who deserves a nasty comeuppance – perhaps hooking up with Kevin James before the final fadeout?

Vince Vaughn quote: E!Online.

Photo: Universal Pictures.

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