When asked by a panel moderator to describe how rehearsal for the movie — which stars an ensemble cast including Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller — went, Ratner replied, “Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags.”
The audience was, according to The Wrap, stunned. GLAAD on Monday issued a statement:
“This language is completely unacceptable, and for a well-known director like Ratner to use it so cavalierly a manner in a public setting sends a dangerous message that slurs like this are okay to use.”
Ratner, via Universal, issued a quick reply:
“I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”
Last week, Ratner was similarly eloquent when he admitted he’d dated actress Olivia Munn:
“I used to date Olivia Munn … when she was Lisa,” Ratner said on G4’s “Attack of the Show.” “That was the problem. She wasn’t Asian back then.