This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.

DID YOU READ

Firestorm brewing over Oscar producer Brett Ratner’s gay slur

Firestorm brewing over Oscar producer Brett Ratner’s gay slur (photo)

Posted by on

There’s a firestorm brewing in Southern California this week, and it has nothing to with high winds or drought conditions. As first reported by Vulture, “Tower Heist” director and 2012 Academy Awards producer Brett Ratner shocked an audience at the ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles last week by responding to a question about his attitude toward cast rehearsals with the line “Rehearsing is for fags.” And suddenly every problem I’ve ever had with the acting in Brett Ratner’s movies makes sense.

Ratner quickly submitted an apology to TheWrap (“I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself.”) and Academy president Tom Sherak told Deadline that he accepted it. But that hasn’t stopped some within the Academy and the industry from calling for Ratner to be fired as producer of next year’s Oscars.

TheWrap quoted an unnamed “longtime Academy member” worried that Ratner’s antics were “tarnishing” the Oscars’ brand. And over on Grantland, Mark Harris filed a piece entitled “Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner.”

“There’s not really a long, nuanced debate to be had about this. 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.”

Harris probably has a point there. If the Academy had hired Michael Richards to produce the Oscars a few months before he went onstage at the Laugh Factory and began to throw around the n-word, he would have almost certainly been fired. If Ratner keeps his job, that would be a double standard.

That said, I don’t think Ratner’s comments were malicious, just intensely stupid. When I was a grad student at NYU, I attended a campus screening of “After the Sunset” with Ratner on hand for post-screening Q&A (don’t judge: it was free and I was poor). I can’t cite specifics, but the impression I got listening to him ramble on was similar to the one I get listening to Lars von Trier give props to Hitler. These guys love to be the center of attention and to play the role of the crazy, maverick filmmaker. Unfortunately, they’re not properly equipped to talk in public. They get caught up in the character they’re playing and they don’t think before they speak, and then they say dumb stuff like this.

Given the swiftness of his apology and the soundness of the vote of confidence from Sherak, I don’t think Ratner’s going anywhere — unless he makes the doubly boneheaded move of dropping another offensive remark in public before February 26, 2012. On the other hand, put aside the homophobic portion of his remark for a moment and just look at what Ratner says: the guy doesn’t believe in rehearsals! Don’t they rehearse the Oscars for, like, weeks before the broadcast? Should the producer of the Oscars be so dismissive about the all-important preparations for the show? I guess if the Oscars look unusually sloppy this year, we’ll know why.

Should Brett Ratner be fired as producer of the Oscars? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch More
IFC_Portlandia-S8_pick-a-lane_subaru-blog

Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

Posted by on

Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

Watch More
Uncle-Buck

Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

Posted by on
GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

Watch More
IFC_Portlandia-AORewind-blog

A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

Posted by on
GIFs via Giphy

Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

via GIPHY

Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

Watch More