Anderson Cooper criticizes negative use of 'Gay' in 'The Dilemma' movie [video]

Posted by JD Uy
October 8, 2010 11:02 AM |

Vince Vaughn, Anderson Cooper

''Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual 'gay,' but my parents are chaperoning the high school dance 'gay.'''

Opening line read by actor Vince Vaughn in a trailer for the movie, "The Dilemma." The clip also shows actress Queen Latifah nodding in approval, and then later saying she was impressed and wanted to have sex with his words. (YouTube Universal Pictures)

''There was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview. They thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it.... And when you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself. I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids.''

CNN News host Anderson Cooper appearing on the Ellen Degeneres Show. EOnline says Cooper did not mention the title of ''The Dilemma,'' but that it was obvious which film he was referring to. (EOnline)

Cooper and CNN have featured a number of gay-supportive discussions in recent weeks -- from gay teen suicides to the treatment of gay people in churches led by anti-gay preachers like Eddie Long.

"That's gay" is a phrase frequently used by younger people to describe things that are silly, stupid, or undesirable. It has been the subject of debate for years, and some organized efforts have been made to dissuade people from using the term negatively. (GLSEN / ThinkB4YouSpeak)

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