The new Vince Vaughn
movie The Dilemma
is facing quite the dilemma itself
after folks like Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres went after the movie’s trailer for including a gay joke in it. The joke was later removed and doesn’t appear in a new version of the trailer, sparking a whole new controversy around what’s OK to joke about and what’s completely out of bounds.
The "dilemma" itself happens when Vaughn’s character jokes in a boardroom exclaiming that “Electric cars are gay, ” adding “I mean, not “homosexual” gay, but ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.” What would normally be a harmless joke that in no way was an attack against the gay community has been taken to a new level ever since a gay teen committed suicide last month after his college roommate outed him by secretly videotaping him making out with another guy. Gay jokes are now completely off limits. I mean, they've always been kinda off limits, but now they're really off limits.
Vaughn has since issued a statement about the whole incident, saying (in part) that “Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing divided lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop?"
Apparently it stops when Anderson Cooper has a problem with it. Have we become a society that just doesn’t “get” the joke anymore, or are the jokes just crossing a line that's making us too uncomfortable because Lindsay Lohan hasn’t snorted it up yet?
I mean, here’s the real dilemma: Why isn’t Vince Vaughn making any good movies anymore? That's what I want to know!