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A Gay Joke “Dilemma”

A Gay Joke “Dilemma” (photo)

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Oli Lyttelton at The Playlist reports on the developing controversy over a trailer for the new Ron Howard film, “The Dilemma” (Ron Howard? Controversy? Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!). The film’s teaser, which was quite clearly approved by the Motion Picture Association of America for viewing by general audiences, begins with a rather pointed gay joke by Ronny, played by Vince Vaughn: “Ladies and gentlemen: electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual gay, but, y’know, my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.” Lyttlelton sums up the entire brouhaha, including Anderson Cooper taking “Dilemma” distributor Universal Pictures to task for including the joke, and a quote from Allan Loeb’s original screenplay which was even more pointedly homophobic.

Is it offensive? Maybe not in context; I could imagine a scenario where “The Dilemma,” about a guy (Vaughn) trying to figure out how to tell his best buddy (Kevin James) that his wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him, speaks directly to the issue of male sensitivity and empathy. In that case the joke, while certainly in poor taste, could be emblematic of Ronny’s journey from cruel, uncaring jerk to a more open, honest person. Out of context, though, it’s basically just a homophobic crack at the expense of gays and the electric automotive industry (guess we won’t hear Vaughn’s voice gracing Prius commercials anytime soon). To say, as one film website did earlier today, that “electric cars are the butt of the joke” is to completely miss the point: you’re still using the word “gay” as a putdown. Replace the word “gay” with “Jew” in Vaughn’s speech, reread it, then defend it using that same argument. Would it fly?

Howard and his marketing team are as much guilty of bad timing as bad taste. As Lyttleton points out, yesterday was National Coming Out Day which, if you’re a conservative gubernatorial candidate for the state of New York, is apparently the perfect time to call a homosexual lifestyle less valid than a heterosexual one in the midst of a rash of antigay violence and sexuality-related suicides.

Lyttleton says that GLAAD wants the electric car joke removed completely from the film. We’ll see whether that happens when the film comes out on January 14, 2011. In the meantime, here’s the revised trailer, which does not feature any jokes about gay people or cars, but does make the character played by Winona Ryder look pretty awful. Let the claims of misogyny begin!

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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