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Old 11-09-2011, 05:02 AM
Brett Ratner Resigns as Academy Awards Producer

Brett Ratner Resigns as Academy Awards Producer
Source: AMPAS November 8, 2011

Originally announced to produce the 84th annual Academy Awards this past August, filmmaker Brett Ratner has turned in his resignation in light of recent controversy. The official statement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reads as follows:

This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak. Ratner then issued an open letter to the entertainment industry in which he explained his decision.

"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," Sherak said. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."

A replacement has not been announced, but the Awards show is still expected to air on February 26, 2012.

Here is Ratner's apology to the entertainment industry:

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few days, I've gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I've hurt and offended, I'd like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.

As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.

So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn't count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I've so foolishly perpetuated.

As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.

I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.

Sincerely,

Brett Ratner




Reading in between the lines: he was forced out. So he could either quit or be fired. So he was quit.

Look, I understand the need to "think before you talk" but to be fired for this reason, saying an un-pc in which I'm sure no hate was meant behind it, is outrageous and even, quite frankly, stupid. I think the academy should be a shamed of themselves for basically forcing Ratner out for this reason.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:06 AM
At that level of "everyone watching" you and listening to what you have to say, you can't afford to say ANYTHING derogatory. Forget just un-PC. Any misunderstood phrase or outright insulting / mentioned out of context / I was just kidding statements will have you on the chopping block.

It's Hollywood. A few words strung together in an interview that you don't remember even saying can end your career.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:00 AM
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At that level of "everyone watching" you and listening to what you have to say, you can't afford to say ANYTHING derogatory. Forget just un-PC. Any misunderstood phrase or outright insulting / mentioned out of context / I was just kidding statements will have you on the chopping block.

It's Hollywood. A few words strung together in an interview that you don't remember even saying can end your career.
Exactly. I don't think Ratner is the extreme homophobe that some attention seeking, hypocritical bloggers have claimed (those who embed the "It Gets Better" video into their Ratner bashing articles may be slightly overreacting). He's just an idiot without a filter.

The Academy had to make him resign. Protests, nominees refusing to attend the ceremony, people declining to present. It would have just been a complete mess.

UPDATE: Murphy is out. Yay, now we can go back to another year of boredom and awkwardness...

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Old 11-09-2011, 10:55 PM
I have nothing against the LGBT community, but if they really want equal rights they should stop acting like victims who get their feelings hurt over meaningless comments.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:21 AM
I don't know if any of you guys read the awards daily forums, but there was an argument between a few posters over whether the statement makes Ratner a homophobe and whether he deserves the shit he is getting. It got pretty heated at some points.

I'm of the side that thinks Ratner isn't a homophobe because of his comments. He's just an idiot.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:19 AM
I gotta say I was impressed with his apology. Well written, to the point, and seemingly heartfelt.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:19 AM
There's a campaign to get The Muppets to host now that Murphy has stepped down.

https://www.facebook.com/MuppetOscars

http://twitter.com/#!/muppetoscars

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I'm of the side that thinks Ratner isn't a homophobe because of his comments. He's just an idiot.
I agree with this.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:16 PM
Gay people have never had anything nice to say about Ratner's movies. So tit for tat.

Heaven forbid if they actually make the show watchable. This is not to say that Ratner would have done so, but I can hope. What will happen now is they will go back to their same old boring ass show. I am glad Murphy is out, though.

I think a lot of things get said that they do not really mean or mean to be mean. I am sure people in those groups say things all the time they wish they had not said. I do not buy into that bullshit that if you say it, you live in or believe it. Sometimes a saying is a saying. People can say, "That is gay." and it does not mean you hate gay people. That is not hate speech. Lighten up and accept the fact that not everything that you do not like is hate speech and get over it. Brett should not have been fired or forced out.

Accept the apology and get over it! I have no respect for these groups. But what they do is take everything as hate speech and against them and their way of life and they want these people do just go away and die. Why else would they want all these people who say anything they do not like, gone? If the shoe were on the other foot, they would feel differently and would probably say they are being discriminated against.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:26 AM
Looks as if Billy Crystal will be returning as host.

We should all expect a joke about how much rehearsing goes into an Oscars' show.
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