October 20, 2010 by staff
Vaughn’s character in the film says that “electric cars are gay.”
GLAAD (Gay & Le****n Alliance Against Defamation) was quick to condemn the dialogue and urged supporters to promote the study to eliminate the phrase from the movie.
But last week, NBC’s hit “The Office” appears like a joke.
In the October 14 episode entitled “Sex Ed” Michael (Steve Carell), herpes contracts and orders for Oscar (Oscar Nunez) to his office because “once absorbed the face as part of a presentation of the office to destroy stigma on the gay kiss and now feels Oscar may have given “a sexually transmitted disease.” Carell character and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and then embark on a diatribe against a surprised and confused Oscar.
Dwight: I need a list of all men have ever had sex, I’m talking about train stations, the men’s room
Michael: flower shops, party fireworks
Dwight: fence with a hole in it
Michael: moonlight gondola, carriage ride through Central Park
Dwight: The woods behind the liquor store, the reservoir behind the old house
Michael: electric car dealers
Dwight: The Democratic primary
This is another example of the kind of language GLAAD and others were upset with?
NBC representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
CNN Anderson Cooper, host, which drew public attention to the joke of “The Insider” movie trailer when he appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, also declined comment.
GLAAD declined to comment, either.
In defending his “dilemma” joke last week, Vaughn gave support to the outraged by “intimidation and persecution of people for their differences,” but also questioned whether the joke was noted.
“Drawing lines of division over what can and can not joke about doing exactly that, but it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop,” he said.
So where does it stop? Who draws the lines? And why is not the scene in “The Office” condemned in the same way “The Insider” was?
“‘The scene of’ The Office ‘definitely pushes some boundaries in terms of stereotypes,” said pop culture expert Scott Huver Hollywood. “It is somewhat surprising, however, that Oscar is not the last word to emphasize Michael and Dwight red herring.”
TheFrisky.com ‘s editor in chief Amelia McDonell-Parry, who previously said that Pop Tarts “Dilemma” gay joke was “lame” and then inappropriate given the current social climate, does not believe “The Office” should be compared with the film. She said the program has a standing item clumsily portray characters Carell is inadequate when it comes to hmosxlity from its employee, Oscar.
“Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is an endearing character, but also a complete buffoon – the whole show is based on that idea. Although often makes jokes and inappropriate comments or ignorant of the Oscars being gay – as in This latest episode – is not Michael, Oscar, that the audience really laughs. He and his stupidity and ignorance, is the real target of jokes, notOscar “said McDonell-Parry. “If this with the fact that all so-called ‘gay jokes’ in’ The Office ‘is much better written than a cheap shot, it’s only message is that” gay = lame,’ in ‘The Dilemma’ and has a clear case of not the same at all. ”
So what is and is not acceptable by the standards of Hollywood when it comes to “gay” jokes?
“Our society has entered a delicate territory when it comes to mining the comedy of gay characters and situations. While there is so gay issues more openly and directly, often attempts to do fun things will the buttons of certain people, and probably rightly in many cases, “said Huver. “Without a specific objection by the public, it is unlikely that the scene of ‘The Office’ is deleted, and chances are gay audience members are genuine humor in it. But the comedy is always so subjective, no matter the subject. Just as a public dialogue on gay issues th characters continues to evolve, there may be several unexpected landmines for writers of film and television comedy along the way. “
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