Brett Ratner's Gay Slur Is Just One of Many Reasons He's Offensive

You may not know Hollywood producer/director Brett Ratner by name, but you're probably familiar with his movies: Tower Heist, Catfish, Rush Hour, and X Men: Last Stand, to name a few. He also produced Horrible Bosses, which seems appropriate given his recent statement that rehearsing—i.e., rehearsing with his actors before shooting a scene—"is for fags."

Between the gay slur and his ongoing revelations about his sexual escapades, something tells me Ratner isn't quite satisfied to stay behind the cameras and out of the spotlight. Which may not be a good thing for the 2012 Academy Awards, since Ratner's been tapped to produce the upcoming Oscar telecast.


Ratner's "fag" comment was made during a Q&A session following a Tower Heist screening, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it didn't go over very well. Ratner quickly tried to backtrack with the following statement:

It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.

Heh. Worst apology EVER. "Oh, sorry if you were offended by my powerful storytelling."

The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that Ratner's remarks were "inappropriate" but the Academy isn't planning to remove him from his Oscar-producing position, since "we all make mistakes and I believe he didn't mean it."

Meanwhile, GLAAD called bullshit on the academy's response:

The Academy and Hollywood need to send a clear message that such slurs, used even once, have no place in mainstream popular culture or at the helm of the industry that helps create it.

Entertainment Weekly writer Mark Harris agreed, saying that Ratner should step down from his Oscar producing duties:

If he had used an equivalent racial or religious slur, the discussion would go something like, 'You're fired.' Apology or not. The same rule applies here. You don't get a mulligan on homophobia. Not in 2011.

Personally, I'm less offended by the gay slur (although it's obviously super offensive) than I am by Ratner's recent interview with Howard Stern. Actually, "offended" isn't quite the right word—"profoundly grossed out" sounds more accurate.

In a 45-minute interview with Stern's radio show, Ratner managed to discuss sex, masturbation, the size of his balls, condoms (Ratner doesn't like them), how Ratner is the self-described "best in the world" at cunnilingus, and how he sends women to his doctor to get checked out before he has sex with them. Oh, and he went on to gleefully describe how he banged Lindsay Lohan years ago, "before she was actually ‘Lindsay Lohan.’ She was really young."

It's possible I'm slightly biased against Ratner, though. I've never been able to see him in quite the same way since reading that Olivia Munn described him as "a grown man in an oversized shirt holding his undersized manhood in hands glistening with shrimp fat."

*makes dramatic gagging gesture*

At any rate, I'm guessing the Academy is going to do their level best to muzzle Ratner between now and the Oscars, and if he wants to collect his fat-ass paycheck in February, he should probably toe the line. So far, though, he doesn't exactly seem like a guy who's known for making good decisions.

Do you think Ratner's gay slur should have gotten him fired?

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