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Vince Vaughn says he's 'glad' controversial 'gay' joke won't be removed from 'The Dilemma'

11/03/2010 by Kristina Lopez

A still from Vince Vaughn's new film 'The Dilemma'Even though audiences might be offended by a joke in the upcoming film The Dielmma, star Vince Vaughn says he's "glad" that comedy has won over controversy in the matter.

 "I'm glad to hear it's [the joke] staying the movie," the actor said on the Q100 Bert Radio Show Wednesday according to The Hollywood Reporter. "It wasn't a derogatory term...We clarified within the joke [that it was] not 'homosexual-gay' but, you know, your parents are chaperoning a dance."

The issue stems from a scene in the film in which Vaughn's character says, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay."

"We're not trying to hurt anyone's feelings," the actor went on to say. "If there's tensions there, ultimately, it brings us together, it makes us more comfortable."

The film's director Ron Howard recently said he will not remove the line, deemed by some as offensive to gay people, and which was removed from the movie's trailer following criticism by CNN's Anderson Cooper and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group.

"I believe in sensitivity but not censorship," Howard told the Los Angeles Times. "I feel that our film is taking additional heat as an emblem for many movies and TV shows that preceded it that have even more provocative characterizations and language."

"I don't strip my films of everything that I might personally find inappropriate," he added.

Anderson Cooper initially spoke about being offended by the joke on The Ellen DeGeneres Show early last month. "I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids," Cooper said . "I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids."

GLAAD later released a statment saying, "Its hardly a joke for LGBT audiences growing increasingly frustrated by use of the word 'gay' as a pejorative."

Universal Pictures later issued a new trailer that did not contain the controversial scene.

In The Dilemma, set for release on Jan. 14, 2011, Vince Vaughn plays a man who is reluctant to tell his best friend and business partner, played by Kevin James, that his wife, portrayed by Winona Ryder, is cheating on him.

Check out the new trailer for The Dilemma below.

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