Brett Ratner Resigns As Academy Awards Producer Post Homophobic Slur

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“Words have meaning, and they have consequences,” said Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. That statement was directed toward Brett Ratner, who has officially quit his position as producer for the 2012 Academy Awards. His resignation comes in the wake of Sunday’s Tower Heist fan Q&A event, where the director made a really dumb homophobic remark. Ratner’s ridiculously ignorant statement was, “Rehearsal is for f–s.”

The reaction has been swift and acerbic. Ratner penned an open letter to the public that reads, “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 deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.” He’s also been in touch with GLAAD to make up for his mistake by pledging to put together public forums within the industry to promote “fair and accurate inclusions of LGBT people and stories.”

Hernon Graddick, the senior director of programs and communications at GLAAD, seems to think that Ratner’s apology comes from the heart. “When we sat down with Brett today, he seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a way to begin speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture,” he said. “We believe his resignation is just the first step and will be announcing a series of concrete actions with Brett in coming days and weeks.”

Sherak agreed, saying, “[Brett] did the right thing for the Academy and for himself.”

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