Director Ron Howard said he will not pull a joke from his upcoming movie The Dilemma.
The Vince Vaughn-assisted film — set for release in January –attracted the ire of gay rights group GLAAD last month after the controversial joke “That’s So Gay” was included in a trailer for the comedy.Activists have continued to protested Howard’s decision to keep a scene in which Vaughn’s character refers to an electric car as “gay” in the movie
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times Friday,
Opie Howard defended his decision not to axe the joke, arguing that the remark is a part of the script that spotlights the flaws in Vaughn’s character.
“I defend the right for some people to express offense at a joke as strongly as I do the right for that joke to be in a film,” Howard said in a written statement to The Times. “But if storytellers, comedians, actors and artists are strong armed into making creative changes, it will endanger comedy as both entertainment and a provoker of thought.”