Brett Ratner may have thought he was just making a flip comment when he said at a screening of his recent movie Tower Heist, ‘Rehearsal’s for fags’, but he’s still feeling the fallout from it.
Within a few days he’d been made to step down from his job as the producer of the Oscar ceremony, had to make a series of public apologies, got a “well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most”, and discovered that many in Tinsel Town didn’t want anything to do with him. In his favour, from the moment the comment went public, he has sincerely seemed to want to make amends for what he’s well aware was a thoughtless, insensitive thing to say.
His rehabilitation continues with the news that he’s agreed to produce and direct a GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) video campaign to promote equality for gay and trans people. The video series will feature celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians speaking out in support of equality. Participants will share personal stories about why and how they support gay and trans equality.
Ratner said of the project: “Working together with GLAAD has been a very positive and enlightening experience for me, and I could not be more pleased to be developing this crucial campaign to help educate people that we all share the same humanity. I am excited to get to work on this program and hope that minds and hearts are opened by what we create.”
Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD said: “Straight allies are crucial to creating a culture in which LGBT people are respected and supported. We look forward to working with Brett and these other inspiring Americans who are speaking out and standing up for their LGBT friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers.”