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Director Brett Ratner Apologizes For Using Gay Slur, He Quits As Oscar Producer

Director Brett Ratner has issued an apology after he used a gay slur during a Q&A session.

The Associated Press reports:

Brett Ratner said Monday that he’s sorry for using a gay slur during a question-and-answer session at a screening for his new film.

The 42-year-old filmmaker, who is set to produce next year’s Academy Awards, issued a statement apologizing “for any offense my remarks caused.”

Ratner used a pejorative term to describe gay men in response to a question asked at a screening of his latest movie, “Tower Heist.”

“It was a dumb way of expressing myself,” Ratner said in his statement. “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.”

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Monday that Ratner’s remarks were “inappropriate” but the academy isn’t planning to remove him from his Oscar-producing position.

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UPADTE: Brett Ratner quits as Oscar producer after gay slur, Reuters reports:

Film director Brett Ratner is out of a high-profile job as Oscar producer, submitting his resignation to Academy Award organizers on Tuesday in the face of an industry firestorm over his use of a gay slur.

During a question-and-answer session at a screening of his new comedy “Tower Heist” last week, Ratner was asked about rehearsals ahead of a film shoot, and he replied “rehearsing is for fags.”

He later apologized publicly, but the damage was done as gay rights groups and some members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which puts on the Oscars, took issue with his use of the word “fags.”

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Watch the video of the Q&A session.

http://youtu.be/9z7R6ZwW3Z8