Vince Vaughn Defends ‘The Dilemma’ Trailer’s Gay Joke

'Joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together,' actor says.

After a “gay” joke was removed from the trailer for Vince Vaughn’s upcoming Ron Howard-directed comedy “The Dilemma,” the actor is responding to the outcry.

“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,” the actor said in a statement to E! News, referring to the outcry spurred by the recent suicides of gay teens. “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?”

In the original trailer, Vaughn’s character jokes in a boardroom, “Electric cars are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay but ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.” Following criticism of the clip from CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres and GLAAD, the scene was cut and a new version of the trailer was released.

“The Dilemma,” about a man (Vaughn) who learns his best friend’s (Kevin James) wife (Winona Ryder) is having an affair (with Channing Tatum), will be released on January 14. There has been no word on whether or not the joke will be removed from the final cut.

“The teaser trailer for ‘The Dilemma’ was not intended to cause anyone discomfort,” the studio said in a statement released last Friday (October 8). “In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced.”

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