Well, Brett Ratner, this is not your finest moment.
The director of the "Rush Hour" trilogy made a grave faux pas Friday during a Q&A for new movie "Tower Heist" at the Arclight in Hollywood, when he inadvertently dropped some non-PC language.
According to The Wrap, when asked onstage about the rehearsal process for the Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy, he replied, "Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags."
Don't hold back, Brett, tell us how you really feel.
But wait, before we judge a book by its homophobic cover, let's see things from Ratner's POV for a sec: he probably forgot momentarily that he was not hangin' with his homeboys and that there just might be a few people in the audience who wouldn't be down with his bro lingo. In the tactless director's defense, he did seem pretty non-homophobic when speaking frankly to The Advocate a few years back about his tranny fellatio experiences.
Ratner sent an apology today to The Wrap:
"I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. 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."
Regardless of whether the bad taste remark is "hate speech" or not, it comes at a rather inopportune time for The Rat as he is the producer of this year's Academy Awards telecast and should show more decorum in public (i.e. a LOT more). At the very least this endangers any possibility for a rousing Neil Patrick Harris Oscar musical number.
Mark Harris of Oscarmetrics is already calling for Ratner's head on a platter, stating, "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."
What do you think? Should Ratner get the boot?