In October, 2010 Universal Studios’ full-length trailer for Ron Howard’s upcoming movie, “The Dilemma,” was minus its “electric cars are gay”scene. Some viewers had objected to the line star Vince Vaughn spoke: “Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars are gay” – and its promotion of the film with an insult to gays.
The revelation escalated into a movie marketer’s nightmare after Hollywood insiders, bloggers, and even Anderson Cooper weighed in on the issue.
Many, including Cooper, even connected it to the September rash of gay teens who committed suicide after being taunted. Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Cooper said, “I think we really need to focus on what language we’re using and how we’re treating these kids.”
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]