Brett Ratner resigns as Oscar producer after making a gay slur


First of all: LOOK AT HIS FEET. Brett Ratner has tiny, delicate little feet, right? Yikes. That does not bode well. Anyway, you know how Brett Ratner made some rather disgusting comments about Olivia Munn? He said stuff like, “She wasn’t Asian back then… I banged her a few times … but I forgot her.” And, “She made up all these stories about me eating shrimp and masturbating in my trailer. And my shortcomings. She talked about my shortcomings. I get it. She’s bitter.” Then Brett tried to take it back, apologizing, calling Olivia a “friend” and saying, “She’s actually talented. The problem is I made her look like she’s a whore.”

Well, good news. Brett has gotten a pass for all of that. It seems like Hollywood in general doesn’t care if a Hollywood director disrespects and says nasty things about a young actress (probably because that actress said nasty things about the director too). They only care when the director says something like, “Rehearsal is for f-gs.” THAT comment will get you in hot water. That’s what Brett said last week, and he tried to apologize for it, but now he’s had to resign from producing the next Oscar telecast.

Director Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards Tuesday after coming under fire for making a gay slur.

“He did the right thing for the academy and for himself,” Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak said Tuesday afternoon. “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.”

In a Q&A session last weekend after a screening of his new film, “Tower Heist,” Ratner said, “rehearsal is for fags.” He then went on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show and talked about masturbation, cunnilingus, pubic hair, the size of his testicles, his sexual encounter with Lindsay Lohan. Ratner apologized Monday and Sherak seemed to accept his apology, but the drumbeat of criticism continued Tuesday, culminating in Ratner’s resignation. It was not immediately clear whether Ratner’s handpicked host, Eddie Murphy, would also leave the show, scheduled for late February. Ratner and Murphy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ratner’s resignation letter read:

An Open Letter to the Entertainment Industry from Brett Ratner
Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.

As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world. So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.

As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. 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.

I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.

Brett Ratner

[From The Los Angeles Times]

Well, he fell on his sword with grace at least. I think he made the right decision for his longterm career – he totally could have bullied his way past the critics and fought and won his way to producing the Oscar telecast, but he would have been the focus rather than the actual awards, and the controversy would probably have gotten dragged out for months. It’s smart that he knew that his best option was to step aside, and now people will say, “Did he really have to step aside? Didn’t we hire him to bring in a younger audience? Couldn’t this have been a teachable moment?” Which is a better place to be in if you’re Brett Ratner.



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  1. Eve says:


    First of all: LOOK AT HIS FEET. Brett Ratner has tiny, delicate little feet, right? Yikes.


    Hey! I have tiny, delicate little feet too! It’s already bad enough that I have a hard time trying to find shoes that are my size (at least in the adult shoes section), now I have to hear tiny feet creep people out…*HUMPF*

  2. WillyNilly says:

    I love that the gay mafia OWNS his ass.

    Seriously, has he been on something the last week or so? Or was it just a case of his ego getting out of control?

  3. brin says:

    All’s well that ends well…he shot himself in that tiny foot!

  4. Addie says:

    Will always admire this guy for giving us Prison Break, and giving the break out role Wentworth Miller needed (God I would get with Wentowrth any day of any week!)

    I always assumed Bret Ratner was gay.

  5. Eve says:

    @ WillyNilly:

    He’s been known for being a major douchebag for years. It’s just that recently he (apparently) made that even clearer (than it already was).

    On the previous thread about him, reader Gloaming posted a link for a CDAN’s blind item (that was revealed to be about him and Michael Bay). Here it is:

    August 27, 2007,

    About two years ago, this A list director known almost as much for the number of women he f**ks as for his directing, decided to keep an electronic journal/blackbook of the woman he had been with, wanted to be with and only heard about. It included their names, reputation, if they were good in bed, if they were bi, if they would have sex to get a role, anything and everything was included. One day he shared his journal with another A list director friend who also has a reputation and that director started adding all of his info as well and where the women overlapped, both reports were included. The two directors decided they wanted to be able to share their information with friends, other directors, and producers and so created an invitation only blog which now has several hundred entries and has been updated as recently as last week. It’s like a wiki sex book but these two directors are the only ones who can edit the information or add anything. The only reports that are added are those of the 15 or so people who have access to the site and have had first hand knowledge of the women. No secondhand or rumors are allowed. No actors are allowed access to the site, and no married men either. If one of the 15 gets married or starts living with someone, the password is changed.

    Brett Ratner/Michael Bay

  6. KLO says:

    Thank god he didnt
    t say rehearsal is for jews. That would have ended his career, probably 😀

  7. Jackie says:

    resigned?? more like fired. god, he seems like such as asshole. sweet justice.

    those feet are so creepy for a guy!

  8. Jaded says:

    You know what they say….small feet, small tackle…just sayin’!

  9. WickedSteppMom says:

    This guy is such a tool. You would think he’d have learned his lesson when he had his ass handed to him by Greg Grunberg/ calling for a boycott of Tower Heist due to the inappropriate mocking of people w/seizures. Ratner had the epilepsy community in an uproar, gave a half-hearted apology, and said that the version of the trailer w/those comments would not be shown on tv (it was too late to remove them from the movie.) BTW-brilliant move to piss off the epilepsy community w/your movie, then release it during epilepsy awareness month. Dumbass.

  10. Kaboom says:

    @Eve Now that’s a worthy target for Anonymous if I’ve ever heard of one.

  11. Dusty says:

    If he wasn’t a director, nobody would sleep with him. Just sayin…

  12. Julia says:

    @ Addie

    Brett gay ???

    He is Serena Williams former boyfriend and they had a 2 years(i think) relationship !

    I don’t think, Serena of all people will play beard to anyone.

    They strike me as very straight and ooze extreme palpable sexuality.

  13. Nanea says:

    One down, one to go: Eddie Murphy.

    I don’t think he’s particularly funny, he’s a proven misogynist, and he’s a sore loser: he got up and left when Alan Arkin won.

  14. Tiffany says:

    So does this mean that Eddie Murphy is next. Because I was kind of looking forward to him hosting.

  15. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    He went on Howard Stern’s show and said he forced a “very young” Lindsay Lohan to get screened for STDs before they had sex.

    @eve, ita. That blind is about him.

  16. theaPie says:

    I can tell you from first hand experience that small feet do NOT equal small tackle. And yes, it was quite a pleasant surprise.

  17. ADS says:

    Julia who do you work for, and did you post your comment with a straight face? Moving on I always assumed Brett was gay. But not based on anything other than assumption. What we do know for certain is that he is a prick. And despite what Olivia said, a rather a large one. Lol.

  18. Cathy says:

    Ewwwww he doodled the Cracken…gross, how could anybody want to doodle the Cracken. I would think that his wanker would fall off

  19. danielle says:

    Ugh, he sounds gross.

  20. danielle says:

    Wikkedstepmom – thanks for posting the information about Tower Heist making fun of epilepsy. My bf’s brother died during a seizure, and anything like that would upset him ALOT! I’ll make sure that’s a movie we don’t watch.

  21. Eve says:

    @ Kaboom and MorticiansDoItDeader:

    The guy there at CDAN reveals (most of) his blind items from time to time — and he’s a lawyer, if I remember correctly — so he must have something to back that up.

    P.S.: Gloaming posted the link on that other thread yesterday and I decided to post the entire thing here because it was just too good not to be read by others… 🙂

  22. Julia says:

    @ ADS

    Yes I am posting my comments with a straight face and I work for myself. I am not from the US and doesn’t live in the US and the first time I heard his name it was through a sportsite in 2003.

    He was on a picture with Serena in a small bikini, both on a beach and doing PDA. It is even confirmed in his IMDB that eh was Serena’s vboyfriend till 2004.

    At that time it was already speculated that he was into horny stuff and likes women A LOT.

  23. xxodettexx says:

    i agree that he put himself in a good position by falling on the sword; i wish more celebrities were concerned with how their words can affect the people that look up to them…

  24. the original bellaluna says:

    What does one expect when one slurs gays whilst producing the Oscars? I mean, honestly!

    Eve, darling, tiny feet are fine. I offer up my went-up-a-half-size-with-every-pregnancy feet as an (rather large) example. (And I read that blind and was thoroughly disgusted. YUCK.)

  25. jdao says:

    What a dumbass!

  26. Criss says:

    I think everyone is looking for an excuse to get rid of this douche bag. Rehearsal is for “f@gs” Who the F cares about that. The lg community, really? Get you panties out of a bunch. Rehearsal is for people who want to get it right, make sure the job is done, and for professionals, so where is the insult? Maybe F@gs are more responsible when it comes to work.

  27. Hollywood is becoming more disgusting by the moment.Good on the Academy for firing this ahole.Take some tips Glamour Mag,(chelsea Handler?)shocking but not a womens role model in any way.As long as these douches keep getting honored,the longer their abuse of others will continue.

  28. Lee says:

    A few years ago, the entire auditorium at the Oscars stood up to give Polanski, a fugitive child rapist, a standing ovation. But this was going too far? Never change, Hollywood.

  29. The Bobster says:

    You mean he didn’t know who runs Hollywood?

    BTW, never apologize. It never works and groveling only makes you look weak.

  30. brin says:

    X 17 is reporting that Eddie Murphy is out as Oscar host now….clean sweep.

  31. Lucinda says:

    @Lee–That’s because it was a girl who was violated, not a minority or someone who was gay. See, women are still an acceptable target. How often do you see this reaction when someone trashes a woman?

  32. kieslwoski says:

    I so agree with everyone on the point that his crass and disgusting attitude towards women is completely tolerated and it was only the gay slur that gor him fired.

    By the way he is a huge supporter of Polanski, of course.

  33. ShanKat says:

    This whole Ratner saga provided me with the best Cartman Laugh ever.

    F you too, Eddie. Axel Foley would kick your ass.

  34. ShanKat says:

    ps, know what else is for fags, you 2 unemployed dumbasses? THE OSCARS.

    I’m thrilled those 2 dicks and their brogasmic team of writers and explosionists won’t be hacking up the gay Super Bowl. It will be boring as always…but at least it won’t be vinegar and water flavored.

  35. Seal Team 6 says:


    Agreed. It was disgusting, and he shouldn’t have been allowed to have his movie nominated, because he is a fugitive self-admitted child rapist.

  36. glowkey says:

    @Lee – well said.

  37. jane16 says:

    That’s good news. He’s such an ass.

  38. ZenB!tch says:

    UGH! I *hate* Brett Ratner with a passion I usually reserve for men I know, personally. *HOWEVER* he can say all that crap about a woman and it’s OK but saying rehearsal is for f*gs as in slang for wimps is a fireable offense and then there is Polanski.

    Makes me think if Ratface had only offended the L part of the LGBT community he would still have a job. F*ck you academy. I’m sick of the sexism in this town (this applies to women who knowingly perpetuate it and then cry foul – I mean YOU Megan Fox).

  39. ZenB!tch says:

    @KLO Brett Ratner *is* a Jew a Hispanic Jew of all odd combinations – which I think is why I hate him so much, he is an EMBARRASSMENT to my people.

    @kieslwoski Polanski may be a perverted, cowardly, rapist, pedophile but that is where his things in common with Ratner end. Polanski had talent once.

  40. ZenB!tch says:

    @Lee you rock!

  41. ZenB!tch says:

    I want to know who Ratface and Bay blew to get and keep their director gigs.

  42. Db says:

    I just want to know who crafted that statement. He can’t write a simple email for shit and neither can his staff.

  43. WOM says:

    I read this post earlier today and have been thinking about it ever since. You’re right — Hollywood gives sexism a pass, but they’re quick to punish homophobes. The only thing Hollywood fears more than the specter of homophobia is anti-semitism. As proof I offer up the stunted career prospects of Mel Gibson.

    Disclaimer: I find sexism, anti-semitism and homophobia equally disgusting. Which is probably why I don’t work in Hollywood.

    @Lee (#28) — brilliant comment. Excellent point.