The controversy over the joke calling an electric car “gay” in Vince Vaughn’s new movie The Dilemma caused Universal to remove the joke from the trailer.
Appearing on The Bert Show in Atlanta, the actor defended the joke and the decision to put it in the trailer.
“We didn’t really think it was being used as a derogatory term,” he said.
“We sort of clarify even within the joke that we say not homosexual gay but your parents are chaperoning the dance.”
Director Ron Howard said that he is not removing the joke from the movie and Vaughn agreed with him.
Vaughn added, “It wasn’t my decision to put the thing in the trailer, but I didn’t think that it was a problem to put it in the trailer. I’m glad to hear it’s staying in the movie.”
Vaughn said that the national coverage bullying was receiving was playing a part in the controversy.
“I felt like that because of the moment in time what was happening that this got dragged into it,” he said.
He argued against critics that wanted the joke removed.
“Ultimately it becomes a censorship issue,” he said.
Vaughn said: “I think whenever you’re doing comedy it’s easy for someone to find something and maybe take it in a way, but that’s the point, it’s a comedy.”
He explained to The Bert Show that they weren’t trying to offend anyone.
“We were never trying to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he said. “We’re just trying to make people laugh.”
The Dilemma is scheduled for a January 2011 release date.