Journalist Mark Harris has joined Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone in declaring that in the wake of Brett Ratner’s “fags” comment last Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should ask for his resignation as producer of the forthcoming Oscar show.
Gold Derby‘s Tom O’Neil seems to be in the Harris-Stone camp also, as indicated by his soliciting responses for a poll about whether Ratner should be canned.
Update: At 7:20 pm this evening Deadline‘s Mike Fleming reported that “the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not take action after Brett Ratner made and then apologized for making an insensitive comment during a Q&A for his film Tower Heist. AMPAS president Tom Sherak told Deadline he is standing behind Ratner after the filmmaker apologized for saying that ‘rehearsal is for fags.’ But Sherak made it crystal clear that another indiscreet comment will not be tolerated.”
As the Oscar telecast is “a show that is supposed to represent the best the industry has to offer, there’s not really a long, nuanced debate to be had about this,” Harris writes. “If [Ratner] had used an equivalent racial or religious slur, the discussion would go something like, ‘You’re fired.’ Apology or not. The same rule applies here. You don’t get a mulligan on homophobia. Not in 2011.”
Motion Picture Academy CEO Dawn Hudson faced a similar situation three years ago when, as the head of Film Independent, she was faced with gay community outrage after LA Film Festival director Rich Raddon was revealed to have contributed to the Mormon-led “Proposition Hate” initiative. Raddon submitted his resignation.
The above YouTube clip is an audio capture from Ratner’s appearance on today’s Howard Stern show. He spoke about he loves giving oral sex to women, about the Olivia Munn situation (he denied “banging” her), and spoke about having sex with Lindsay Lohan, and how a lot of his older Hollywood pallies don’t use condoms while sleeping with random women. Here are part 2 and part 3.