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Vince Vaughn Defends 'The Dilemma' Gay Joke: Celeb Speak

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Oct 15, 2010 | 12:09pm EDT

vince vaughnThe first line Vince Vaughn's character speaks in the trailer for his new upcoming movie, The Dilemma, is about how "electric cars are gay." It made a few people upset because they thought his character was equating the lameness of electric cars with the lameness of homosexuals in general. Electric cars should have been compared to the eggs that make it into a cartons even though they have chicks in them. (RE: Electric cars are stand-ins for the real thing. Also RE: I am the child of an Expedition.)

Anderson Cooper was the first public figure to step out and say the trailer was demeaning, and that the gay joke should be removed from it. Because he's Anderson Cooper and conducts interviews in Iowa while wearing a bunny suit, the offending joke was taken out and was replaced with more time spent on emphasizing how terribly Vaughn's character's penis was affected by the fall he took into a slew of poison ivy bushes. Done deal.

But today, Vince Vaughn came out in defense of the gay joke. I KNOW! IN DEFENSE OF IT! In defense of the joke that says gay people are like electric cars, in the way that they're both gay! He wrote (somewhere), "Let me add my voice of support to the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be. Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing dividing lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop>"

He is right, though. Comedy is a really great way to relieve the tension that we all have so much of (at least according to the blood pressure machines in all the Duane Reades). But Vaughn doesn't seem to get that the only times jokes "bring us together" is when nobody is offended by the joke... but in this case, the electric cars and CNN anchors who dress in bunny suits are offended!.So let's try and joke about the things everyone finds funny -- like the fact Vince Vaughn has second tier Mario Batali fingers.

Source: E! Online

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