Vince Vaughn is standing behind the use of a gay joke in his upcoming film, The Dilemma.
In the film, Vaughn plays an automotive consultant who says, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay." Universal pulled the joke from the film's trailer after complaints from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and comments by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Universal said the trailer "was not intended to cause anyone discomfort," but it remains unclear if the joke will still be used in the film.
Vaughn made a case for the joke to stand. "Drawing dividing lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us," he said in a statement to Deadline.com. "Most importantly, where does it stop?"
The 40-year-old actor said he supports those outraged by the bullying and persecution of gay people, but he thinks everyone should be able to laugh with one another. "Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together," he said.
GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios responded to Vaughn's comments with the following statement: "Jokes can bring people together, but they can also push us apart. When 'gay' is used as a pejorative, it frequently sends a message — particularly to youth and their bullies — that being gay is wrong and something to laugh at. We invite Vince Vaughn to work with us and help ensure that gay youth and those perceived to be gay aren't put in harm's way by such jokes."
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