Brett Ratner Is Directing a New GLADD Campaign


It’s sad but true: there are enough people doing and saying offensive things in Hollywood that we usually forget about any given scandal after a few weeks pass. But months later, we’re still smarting over the racist, sexist, and homophobic comments that Brett Ratner made last fall while promoting his film Tower Heist. If you’ll remember, after quitting the Oscars, he then made a lengthy public apology for his “ugly and bigoted” comments that included the following pledge: “I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.”

Evidently, it’s time to pay up. Today GLADD announced that Ratner will produce and direct its new video campaign which will “feature Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians, and politicians ‘coming out of the closet’ as supporters of equality. They will share personal stories about why and how they support the LGBT community and call on Americans to do the same.” While this certainly doesn’t redeem him in our eyes (and if we’re being honest, we were never really fans of his whole bad-boy director schtick), we’re curious: Do you think that it’s possible to turn an ugly situation like this one into something positive? [via Inside Movies]