Brett Ratner Is Out as Oscars Producer

Well, this is pleasing, I’m not going to lie. Brett Ratner—the egomaniacal movie director who is a walking, breathing parody of how the world generally perceives Hollywood people to look and behave—will not be producing this year’s Oscars. What that means for the fate of Eddie Murphy as host, who, let’s be honest, was looking more and more like an an unmitigated disaster-to-be, is up in the air. Let’s hope he’s part of the exit package.

The reason, believe it or not, isn’t that everybody suddenly snapped to their senses and realized that Ratner is an insufferable hack who's been readying an Oscars telecast of roughly the same sophistication level as your average Pirelli calendar shoot. Rather, Ratner himself resigned in the wake of a growing uproar over a comment he made to an L.A. audience who’d come to hear a Q&A; about his new movie, Tower Heist. When asked what his rehearsal process is like, Ratner responded, “Rehearsing is for fags.”

FOR FAGS.

Ratner is apparently so proud of his complete lack of work ethic or artistry that he reached deeply into his bag of insults to find just the demeaning slur to affix to those who actually care. Ah! There it is! “Fag.” A gay person. Yes. Rehearsing is for gay people.

Ratner had already made several other nauseating stops on his media tour. On Attack of the Show, he blithely recounted how he’d “banged” Olivia Munn several times, then promptly forgot who she was at an audition. (Chicks love this guy!) Then he showed up on Howard Stern’s couch and carried on about the size of his genitals, his sperm count, and “banging” Lindsay Lohan. Ratner is a despicable man who lives in a fantasyland bubble where everyone tells him how charming and wonderful and irresistible he is and how effortlessly talented he is. No one seems to like him, yet people throw money at him to make crappy movies. He’s the perfect embodiment of the profound mediocrity and idea-vacuum that the motion picture industry has become.

But all that would have probably slid by; it’s the “fag” thing that was just three tiny letters too far. The Oscars are the Gay Super Bowl. You cannot throw around the term “fag” in your casual conversation. That will not do. And so Ratner is out. He says he came to this decision himself, but I get the distinct feeling his decision to come to this decision was actually a mutual decision. Follow that?

Here’s his letter of resignation:


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


Good riddance.

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Ratner sounds like a 15-year-old who thinks he's beeing cool and edgy by tossing around the word "fag". Classy. Grow up, bro. (You know he must say "bro" a lot.) Not a cute word at all RAT-ner.
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too much noise for nothing...
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Listen, this guy screwed up the Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand so I could only imagine what he would do to the Oscars. Throw in Murphy who has not really had a decent hit in years and cannot really get Raw on a telecast and you are spelling disaster. Only one man can save the Oscars now, Neil Patrick Harris.
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The guy seems to be a douchebag, but the PC thing has really gone too far. There seems to be lots of reason to loathe this guy, but for using the word fag? As South Park would say, that is totally gay.
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Haven't seen much of his work outside the Rush Hour movies (which were ... average, but had Chan) and I don't see myself watching any others. More because he is a bad director than he said a lot of stupid things. He did the right thing, he resigned and apologized. Now how do we get him to resign from Directing movies?
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the whole thing is not based on the three letter f word obviously, but it became the last drop.. the guy is not only homophobic but also a misogynistic bastard, with a touch of xenophobia: what a glorious combination!.. and those who think that words does not matter that much, I have some flash news for you: yes, they do and should matter as they are effective especisally when they are spilled out on mass media.. people are free to have their opinions, yet, others also are free to despise those opinions and no, it is not OK to think and speak in a way that humiliates others.. absolutely good riddance!
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Never mind what he said. Just look at this HUGE man, all dressed in black (always a sign of a lack of taste) and link him to Norbit, sorry, Murphy, everyone can see a disaster in the making. Oscars has become just an other over-produced, uncreative, money spilling Hollywood production that no-one outside the USA is able to see.
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Yeah I don't like him at all, so good riddance. Hopefully they'll come to their senses and get Jon Stewart, Conan or Colbert to host. Eddie Murphy just sounds like a bad idea for a host.
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If calling people out on their bigoted slurs is considered preaching from a pedestal, then God help us.
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Wow not this again. Everything must look pretty small from up on your pedestal Seth.
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I quickly scanned through his letter... but the message I got was blah blah blah hookers and cocaine are no longer enough to fill the black hole where my soul and self respect is.... blah blah blah I'm an asshole blah blah blah thanks PR lady for typing this letter up for me... the end ps- My bad?
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So apparently, saying the word fag is tantamount to being crucified?? well if we're on that track then why not make shit, fuck, dick,pussy,cunt,nigger all terms worthy of cringing??



OMG, what a bunch of brain dead morons!!
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The fact that someone even has to explain why using the term "***" is bullshit to you, is in it itself bullshit. Maybe you don't understand or sympathize or give a shit but terms that attack your sexuality, race, religion or gender tend to be offensive. Holding some bloated egotistical asshole in a very public spotlight responsible for trying to be an egotistical witty asshole bc he used a gay slur? That's crucifying? I know I just blew your mind but think about it and get back to me
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First rule of show business... don't piss off your audience. Since old people and gays are the only ones still watching the show...
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While the guy is obviously a bag of dicks for talking smack about Olivia Munn and Lindsay Lohan, I recall a certain episode of South Park, where fag was the new synonym for "asshole", not "gay". Whether Ratner was being a jerk or just saying rehearsing was for assholes... Probably a little of Column A, a little of Column B. Saying he doesn't need to rehearse cause he's just that awesome, while intentionally being caustic. Guess that backfired on him just a lil bit.
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Olivia Munn and Lohan are talent devoid camwhores. They exist for the sole purpose of catching people like Ratner's sperm. And I am sure they have, in every orifice. It's the only thing they share in common with true Thespians.



-Leonidas
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This is actually a TERRIBLE event. It means he has more free time to direct movies.
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I guess we could call him the chubbier Michael Bay?
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