With just over a week to go until UB40 kicks off their SA tour, we bring you some interesting facts about their opening band, Grassy Spark

Angelina Jolie was reportedly questioned by the FBI for four hours over the Brad Pitt private plane incident

Vince Vaughn defends 'gay' joke

2010-10-16 14:15

Los Angeles - Actor Vince Vaughn has defended the use of the word "gay" in his upcoming comedy The Dilemma after a week of controversy about whether it is a slur against gays and lesbians.

Universal Pictures last week pulled a promotional movie trailer for The Dilemma, in which Vaughn's character tells a joke calling electric cars "gay", after complaints that the use of the word sent a message of intolerance at a time when gay teen suicides and bullying are in the media spotlight.

Some gay rights advocates have now called for the entire scene to be cut from the movie, which is due for release in January.

Vaughn said in a statement late on Thursday that he supported "the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be".

But he added; "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."

The gay community has recently stepped up campaigns against discrimination and bullying following a rash of gay teen suicides, including a 19 year-old college student in New Jersey who jumped off a bridge after his encounter with a gay man was secretly filmed by a roommate and put on the Internet.

Read more on:    vince vaughn  |  celebrities

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Channel24 interviews SA director, Oliver Schmitz, about his new film, Shepherds and Butchers. Read More »

From the amazing cover art to the recording process, GoodLuck give us the low down on their brand new album, titled The Nature Within. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.