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Brett Ratner

Quits Oscars

after Homophobic Slur

11/8/2011 4:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Brett Ratner
claims he's officially "resigned" as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards ... after dropping the homophobic F-bomb at a media event Sunday night.

Ratner -- best known for directing the "Rush Hour" movies -- was at a fan Q&A session for "Tower Heist" Sunday when he told the crowd, "Rehearsal is for f*gs."

Now, he's penned an open letter ... apologizing for the "hurtful and stupid things I've said" ... and adding, "Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted."

Ratner continued, "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."

Ratner says he's been in contact with GLAAD -- the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -- and he promises he will work to "increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised."

"I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience."

Tom Sherak -- the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- issued a statement saying, "[Brett] did the right thing for the Academy and for himself."

He added, "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."

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31.

Joe    

Who really cares ? WHO ? It is just a word. Gay people refer to straight people as 'breeders'. This guy didnt even say it with any anger. Unreal.

975 days ago
32.

jeezlouise    

******* the gay mafia- now they control free speech?

975 days ago
33.

drew    

growing up, using the word "******" never implied homosexuals. it was merely an insult like "idiot" or "moron" and i still use it to this day like this. hell, you can wikipedia the word and it shows how the word is derived from a different source where it was another term for "baggage" when it came to deriding old people. and cue the illogical PC responses

975 days ago
34.

gwen    

everyone was up in arms about jeff from big brother , when he was in a discussion with someone about character in a book he did not no was a gay character. but also in big brother cassie called domonic a ****** in the purple room, and she called racheal a ******* ****, and no one became outraged. so it only certain people they want to call out.

975 days ago
35.

scarlett    

People need to get a life. Who cares that he said ***. He is a *** for apologizing.

975 days ago
36.

thestupid    

ITS NO BIG DEAL!!!!! yeeeeesh.

975 days ago
37.

bunny    

I won't even take the time to read all this. This man is pure skum. He's constantly making up lies about people, making them look bad in the world when everyone knows it's clearly a lie. He doesn't deserve to be on any rewards show or even Howard Stern, like he's been on twice in one week with the 2nd trying to clear the air so he isn't looked at so vile, but then he sticks his foot in his mouth again, over and over and over again. I wish this guy would fall off the end of the earth. Rush Hour was in the 90's, wasn't it? Why do we care about this person at all?

975 days ago
38.

Lauri    

The only people who complain about the world being too "PC" are low class, straight white males. Mainly because they are the ones who usually use all the racist, homophobic slurs. Just shows how low class and ignorant they are. I'm glad people are being punished for their ignorant behavior for a change. There are plenty of non people-specific negative words to use when you don't like something, if only you were smart enough to know them...

975 days ago
39.

SantaFeJack    

Obviously, SOMEBODY takes this slur seriously!

975 days ago
40.

bunny    

There are too many people in comments saying "Get over it" because Brett gave a slur against the gay community. You fail to realize, he's doing this to everyone. He's not only singling out the gay community. He's saying things that aren't true about people, trying to pass them as facts, when they aren't. He has no respect for anyone but himself. If he even does that. It's good the gay community is calling him out on his bull ish. Some people cannot defend themselves, some not alive.

975 days ago
41.

Enlightened    

Hollywood has made it official: If you use a word that THEY deem offensive to gays, you will be ostracized (and you WILL NOT WORK!!). Conversely, semi-literate blacks in sports and entertainment have littered the universe with the word "n@gger," all on the thoroughly ignorant premise that they are taking the "power" out of the word. Really? What they have actually done is ensure that NO ONE will EVER have any respect for black people, for how can you respect a man who doesn't respect himself? LEARN self-respect from the gays!

http://conservativeblacknetwork.com

975 days ago
42.

elpablo    

How pathetic! He should not have resigned. It's OK to call a spade a spade. Shame on this guy for tucking his tail. The homosexual agenda needs to be confronted. These people are perverts and need serious help...not acceptance.

975 days ago
43.

elpablo    

Also, this is not a "slur." A slur is making a negative comment regarding someones race/ethnicity or gender...you know, non-transferable, immutable characteristics...things we have no control over. Homosexuality is a behavior and everyone has control over their behavior. This is no way means that this man has a fear of homosexuals.

975 days ago
44.

Ashley    

Another f*g apologising to h o m o s. The f*g mafia will make sure you lose your job so whether he resigns or not he won't be working if he doesn't apologise. The whole entertainment industry is f*gg*t ridden because they're the only ones who can tolerate this filthy "lifestyle".

975 days ago
45.

Truth    

Purple Mafia strikes again.

975 days ago
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