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GLAAD Study Finds Lack Of LGBT Images, Offensive Content In Films From 7 Studios, Sony Columbia Gets Best Grade

By | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 7:45am PDT

GLAAD Study Finds Lack Of LGBT Images, Offensive Content In Films From 7 Studios, Sony Columbia Gets Best GradeGLAAD has released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year: 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers. GLAAD found that of the 102 releases from the major studios in 2013, 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. It found that  the majority of these characters were minor roles or cameos, and that many of these were outright defamatory representations in films such as Pain & Gain and Riddick.
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‘Orange Is The New Black,’ George Takei Win GLAAD Media Awards: Video

By | Sunday May 4, 2014 @ 2:17pm PDT

george takei glaadNetflix series Orange Is The New Black won outstanding comedy, and Radius-TWC’s Concussion and The Weinstein Co.’s Philomena took home film honors Saturday night at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards held Saturday in New York City. (Scroll down for full winners from the night.) Twelve of the year’s 29 media categories were awarded at the Gotham bash following GLAAD’s April 12 LA ceremony. Star Trek‘s George Takei was honored with the Vito Russo Award; watch his acceptance speech below:

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25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Winners Announced

By | Saturday April 12, 2014 @ 10:01pm PDT

25th Annual GLAAD Media Award WinnersThe 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were held tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, honoring 12 of their 29 media categories, with comedian Ross Mathews hosting. Previously announced honorees include Jennifer Lopez, who received the Vanguard Award, a kudo that honors artists and media professionals whose work has increased the profile and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions is behind the ABC Family series The Fosters, which portrays a blended family with lesbian parents. Also Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak award by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page. The honor, named after a casting director who was a LGBT crusader, is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. The GLAAD Media Awards honor those who display a fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and their issues.  Additional awards will be presented at the org’s New York City event on Saturday, May 3.

Related: The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominees

Announced winners tonight include:

Pioneer Award  (presented by Wilson Cruz)
Norman Lear

Vanguard Award (presented by Rita Moreno)
Jennifer Lopez

Stephen F. Kolzak Award (presented by Ellen Page)
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black 

International Advocate for Change Award
Manny de Guerre, founder of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia

Outstanding Documentary
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GLAAD Media Awards Noms Unveiled

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 3:01am PST

The nation’s LGBT media advocacy group has revealed the nominees for its 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards. In the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category, Sundance Selects’ Blue Is The Warmest Color will go up against Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club, Sony Pictures Classics Kill Your Darlings, Sony Pictures’ The Mortal Instruments: City Of 25mediaawardslogoBones and The Weinstein Company’s Philomena. On the TV side, nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are The Fosters (ABC Family), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Orphan Black (BBC America), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) and Shameless (Showtime). The Comedy Series hopefuls are Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Glee (Fox), Modern Family (ABC), Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) and Please Like Me (Pivot). The MSNBC leads all networks with four noms, followed by ABC with three. Sony Pictures, The Weinstein Company and Breaking Glass Pictures are the only multiple nominees on the film side. The honors recognize media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Here is the full list of nominees in 29 categories: Read More »

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Phil Robertson’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Return: GLAAD & IStandWithPhil Petition Organizers React

By | Friday December 27, 2013 @ 7:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Phil Robertson Duck DynastyUPDATED: GLAAD, the advocacy group whose swift reaction condemning Phil Robertson‘s controversial comments to GQ contributed to A&E‘s decision to suspend the Duck Dynasty star on Dec. 18, and Faith Driven Consumers, the organization behind the petition, have issued statements in response to A&E’s decision today to lift Robertson’s suspension. GLAAD did not appear especially pleased with the network’s decision, making it clear it doesn’t condone Robertson’s comments on gay relationships and Black Americans’ lives pre-Civil Rights, calling for a dialogue and urging A&E parent A+E Networks not to choose “profits over African American and gay people.” For A&E, co-owned by Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., Duck Dynasty has been the biggest revenue driver, generating some $400 million in merchandise sales, according to Forbes, and bagging $80 million in ad sales for the first nine months of this year alone.

Related: A&E Lifts Phil Robertson’s Suspension; ‘Duck Dynasty’ To Resume Filming In Spring

Meanwhile, North Carolina-based Faith Driven Consumer took credit for Robertson’s reinstatement, which the group claims “is in direct response to the powerful and engaged voices of millions of Faith Driven Consumers, as highlighted by more than 260,000 signers of the petition.” The organization also insists it should be part of any dialogue A&E would have with advocacy groups and urges A&E to “embrace of our biblically based values and deeply held beliefs.” Here are the two statements: Read More »

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GLAAD Annual TV Report: Percentage Of LGBT Regulars Drops, Fox Most Inclusive, History & TBS Get Failing Grade

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 7:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

According to GLAAD‘s 7th annual Network Responsibility Index, which rates LGBT content on networks during the 2012-2013 TV season, Fox, the network of Glee, was the most inclusive broadcast network with 42% of primetime programming hours having included LGBT images. ABC, which airs Modern Family, came in second, with 33% of inclusive hours. On cable, ABC Family, which has new series The Fosters, was the most inclusive network with 50% of its original programming including LGBT impressions or storylines, followed by FX at 40%. The index, released today, didn’t award any network the highest Excellent rating. Fox, ABC, ABC Family and FX were among the networks given a Good score, while TBS and History received a Failing grade (full network list by grade below). GLAAD’s other report released today, Where We Are On TV, which counts the number of LGBT characters in the new 2013-2014 television season, found that 3.3% of primetime broadcast scripted series regulars will be LGBT characters, down from the record high of 4.4% last season. Overall, this season there will be an equal number of women and men among LGBT characters. ABC and Fox are the only networks to show increases this year and have the highest percentage of LGBT characters at 5.4% each. The CW is in third place at 3%. CBS is no longer last, averaging 1.9% and surpassing NBC, which dropped from last year to 1%. On cable, HBO will have the most characters with a total of 11, followed by Showtime with 8. Read More »

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GLAAD Ranks Film Studios by LGBT Roles: First Annual ‘Studio Reponsibility Index’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 3:27am PDT

GLAAD this morning released its first annual Studio Responsibility Index report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by 6 major motion picture studios during the 2012 calendar year: 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers. To view a full copy of the report and download it, click here. Of the 101 releases from the major studios in 2012, 14 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual:

The vast majority of these characters were no more than cameos or minor roles. None of the films tracked contained transgender characters.

“As a major influence in American culture and one of our nation’s largest media exports abroad, the lack of LGBT characters in big-budget films needs to change,” said GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz. “Until LGBT characters are depicted in these films in a substantial way with more regularity, there will remain the appearance of LGBT bias on the studios’ part. Whether it’s an action hero or a supporting character, moviegoers should be able to see LGBT people as integral players in the stories told by leading Hollywood studios.”

General observations:

  • Out of the 101 releases from the major studios in 2012, 14 of them contained characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Not one of the releases contained a transgender character.
  • More than half of those inclusive films (55.6%) featured gay male

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Steve Warren Takes On Supreme Court Justices In GLAAD Acceptance Speech: Video

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT
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Entertainment lawyer Steve Warren, one of the most prominent reps of movie stars in Hollywood, the weekend received GLAAD‘s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality in the community. After being introduced by Charlize Theron and Leonardo DiCaprio during the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday in LA, Warren gave a speech that among other things called on the Supreme Court to shoot down DOMA and Prop 8:

Related: Jennifer Lawrence & Harvey Weinstein At GLAAD Awards: Video

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2013 GLAAD Media Awards: ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’, ‘The New Normal’, ‘American Horror Story’

By | Saturday April 20, 2013 @ 10:35pm PDT

Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein presented the inaugural Advocate for Change Award to former President Bill Clinton at tonight’s 24th GLAAD Media Awards held at the JW Marriott in LA. Attorney Steve Warren received the Stephen F. Kolzak award from Charlize Theron and Leonardo DiCaprio while Summit’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and NBC’s The New Normal topped film and TV awards. Here’s the full list of winners:

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Anderson Cooper To Receive GLAAD Honor

By | Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 6:55am PST

GLAAD announced that Madonna will present CNN’s Anderson Cooper with the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender media advocacy organization’s Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York ceremony Saturday, March 16. The San Francisco ceremony is April 20. Cooper and Madonna are longtime friends. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has contributed to promoting equality. It’s named for Vito Russo, a founder of GLAAD and activist with ACT UP who chronicled early depictions of LGBT people in movies and in his book The Celluloid Closet. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Elton John, k.d. lang, Brian Graden, and Tom Ford.

Related: 2013 GLAAD Media Award Nominees Unveiled

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2013 GLAAD Media Award Nominees Unveiled

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 7:45am PST

GLAAD this morning announced 153 nominees in 33 categories for the group’s 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize media for outstanding images of the LGBT community. Winners will be unveiled in ceremonies March 16 in New York and April 20 in San Francisco. Here’s the full list:

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)
ParaNorman (Focus Features)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)
Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films)

Any Day Now (Music Box Films)
Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)
Mosquita y Mari (Wolfe Releasing)
Musical Chairs (Paladin)
North Sea Texas (Strand Releasing)

Degrassi (TeenNick)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
The L.A. Complex (The CW)
Smash (NBC)
True Blood (HBO)

Glee (Fox)
Go On (NBC)
Happy Endings (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
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GLAAD Reports This TV Season Will Have More LGBT Characters Than Ever

By | Friday October 5, 2012 @ 3:01am PDT

The increase in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast network shows reverses a decrease last year, according to a new report from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). LGBT characters will account for 4.4% of the regulars — 31 characters out of a total of 701 — in 97 scripted series on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW in 2012-2013. That’s up from 2.9% last year, and 3.9% in 2010-2011. On a percentage basis, ABC leads the pack with 10 LGBT characters out of 194, according to GLAAD’s Where We Are On TV report. Fox comes next with six out of 118, followed by The CW (seven of 81), NBC (seven of 166), and CBS (four of 142). “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives,” says GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.

The group also found an increase in regular LGBT characters on scripted cable network shows: The total is up to 35 from 29. If you add recurring characters, the number increases to 61. Showtime will have 12 regular and recurring LGBT characters followed by HBO (9), FX (8), Adult Swim (5) and ABC Family, MTV, Syfy, and TeenNick (with 4 characters each). HBO’s True Blood has six, the most for any single show.

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GLAAD Board Elects Media Savvy President

By | Saturday April 14, 2012 @ 8:07pm PDT

GLAAD’s National Board of Directors today elected media veteran Herndon Graddick as the new President of the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization. A nationwide search zeroed in on Haddick who was already in a prominent position with the organization. The new president of GLAAD will be formally introduced at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 21st. Haddick has ben a Supervising Producer at E! Networks, the day-of-air news division director at Current TV, and a producer at CNN. Graddick today was called ”a visionary and strategic leader”. Graddick said in a statement: “Right now GLAAD and our partners in the LGBT movement are making a significant difference at a time when a difference needs to be made. GLAAD’s work with the media to inspire Americans to speak out against anti-LGBT actions and support equality is needed today more than ever.” Graddick is GLAAD’s current VP of Programs and Communications, Read More »

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GLAAD Honors Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, ‘Pariah’, CNN and ABC At NYC Event

By | Sunday March 25, 2012 @ 12:14pm PDT

Prolific musical producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were among showbiz and news professionals honored Saturday night at GLAAD Media Awards celebration in New York City. Anderson Cooper 360 and ABC World News With Dianne Sawyer were also recognized for news segments. A list of winners at the New York event follows. Additional honorees will be announced April 21 in Los Angeles and June 2 in San Francisco.

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash

Katy Butler, openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate

Pariah (Focus Features)

Cinema Verite (HBO)

The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiments, Anderson Cooper 360

Battle Against Bullying, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Related: 23rd GLAAD Film/TV Awards Nominations

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GLAAD Study Lauds Fox, HBO For Programming Diversity

By | Wednesday September 28, 2011 @ 5:30am PDT

September 28, 2011, Los Angeles, CA – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today released the 16th annual Where We Are On TV report, a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2011-2012 television season. After a significant increase last year, the number of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks experienced a decrease while the overall LGBT character count remains steady on cable television.

Complete results and report are available here: GLAAD uses these results with networks and industry leaders to discuss the state of LGBT images and discuss ways to include more diverse LGBT images.

“While the number of LGBT characters is down, some of the most popular shows with critics and viewers, such as Glee, True Blood and The Good Wife, weave storylines about gay and lesbian characters into the fabric of the show,” said GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. “Whether it’s the growing household of Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family or the recent wedding of Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy, Americans expect to see the diversity of our country represented in their favorite programs and that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.”

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GLAAD Report: ABC Family, CW Score High; CBS Low But Improving

By | Wednesday August 3, 2011 @ 9:14am PDT

Los Angeles, CA, August 03, 2011 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today released its fifth annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television. Primetime programming on the five broadcast networks was evaluated as well as original primetime programming on 10 major cable networks.

The full report can be downloaded here:

ABC Family became the second network in the NRI’s history to earn an “Excellent” rating from GLAAD. Of its 103 hours of original primetime programming, 55% included LGBT-inclusive images which also reflected the ethnic and racial diversity of the LGBT community. It is notable that both ABC Family and MTV, which in 2010 received the first-ever “Excellent” rating from GLAAD, are both youth-oriented networks.

“As television audiences get to know our community and the common ground that we all share on the screen and in their own lives, acceptance is growing,” said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD. “Inclusive programming is a hit with critics and audiences alike who cheered for Kurt and Blaine’s romance on Glee or watched the wedding of Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Programs like Pretty Little Liars and Greek have woven gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters into their stories in a way that mirrors the diversity of our community and the experiences of younger generations,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “Viewers expect to see television environments that accurately reflect what it’s like to be a young adult, and today that includes young adults who happen to be gay.”

Broadcast Networks:
- The CW remains the top broadcast network with 33% of its primetime programming hours being LGBT-inclusive. Fox came in second at 29%, and both networks received a “Good” rating this year.

- ABC remained in third place in terms of its percentage of LGBT-inclusive programming hours (23%). ABC received a “Good” rating because of the strong quality of its LGBT images, and the network broadcast the greatest total number of LGBT-inclusive hours (253).

- CBS remained in last place with 10% LGBT-inclusive hours of primetime programming. After receiving their second “Failing” score in a row last year, however, they improved enough to receive an “Adequate” score this year.

“CBS showed the most improvement of any broadcast network, however we continue to urge them to address the problems and deficiencies in their representation of our community, and hope their forward momentum will soon have them catching up with the other broadcast networks,” Graddick said.

Cable Networks:
- In addition to ABC Family’s “Excellent” rating, Showtime (37%), TNT (33%), HBO (31%), Lifetime (31%), AMC (29%), and Syfy (22%) all received “Good” ratings for the quantity and quality of their LGBT-inclusive original programming.

- USA increased their LGBT-inclusive hours from 4% to 18%, which improved their score from “Failing” to “Adequate.”

- For the fourth year in a row, A&E (5%) and TBS (5%) both received “Failing” ratings for their lack of LGBT-inclusive images.

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GLAAD Won’t Let Universal Off The Hook

Timed to National Coming Out Day, GLAAD is calling on Universal Pictures to remove that “gay” insult scene from the Ron Howard-Vince Vaughn movie The Dilemma. The studio already redid its trailer  because of pressure from the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender community as well as from CNN host Anderson Cooper. But GLAAD is now complaining that Universal will “neither confirm or deny that the joke will be in the final film, in spite of the rise in attention to anti-gay violence and teen suicides that have occurred as a result of anti-gay bullying.” So GLAAD has just released a Call to Action via an online petition urging Universal to pull the joke from the film. ”When ‘gay’ is used as a pejorative in such a public way for millions to see and laugh with, it legitimizes and propels the many taunts that gay people endure,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Amidst a rash of bullying related suicides and anti-gay hate crimes, we need to tell Universal and America that our community is tired of being used as a punch line.”

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Universal Pressured Into Changing “Gay” Trailer For Ron Howard-Vince Vaughn Pic: GLAAD And Anderson Cooper Critical Of It

3RD UPDATE: View The Dilemma‘s new trailer here.

2ND UPDATE 10:40 AM: In Hollywood, so the saying goes, you can know that someone is lying because their lips are moving. Universal has now told me twice this morning that it sent an advance copy of the trailer for director Ron Howard’s Vince Vaughn-starring comedy The Dilemma to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against  Defamation for vetting, claiming the organization didn’t object to it. But GLAAD just issued a news release strenuously disputing that:

“Last month, Universal shared a link to the trailer for the film The Dilemma with GLAAD. After reviewing, GLAAD called on Universal to remove the scene where the word ‘gay’ was used as a pejorative from the trailer. Today, after Anderson Cooper also spoke out against the scene, Universal confirmed to GLAAD that the offensive joke will be removed from promotional campaigns from this point forward, including in the trailer currently playing in movie theatres.

“The use of the word ‘gay’ in this trailer as a slur is unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.”

Universal, however, told me it sent the trailer to GLAAD ”before it ever went anywhere and there was no comment about it at all”. But GLAAD counters that it did not support or give a positive response to the trailer. ”We’ve been working with Universal for some time to get them to remove it.” When the trailer debuted three weeks ago, complaints immediately came in to the studio and its marketing department. But Universal claims that’s when it called GLAAD again to “double check” there were no objections. The studio tells me that “only then did GLAAD say, ’This is probably questionable. It’s not a major offense at all. But it’s best not to use it in the campaign so it avoids any questions.’” Hmm. Given how long ago the trailer began airing, it does seem that Universal decided to remove it and substitute a new one later only because of Anderson Cooper’s televised complaint this week (see below).

UPDATE 10:30 AM: Universal just issued this statement in response to my story: “The teaser trailer for The Dilemma was not intended to cause anyone discomfort. In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer, which has been in the works for some time, will post online later today.”

EXCLUSIVE 8:45 AM: Universal has a dilemma on The Dilemma. The studio recently debuted the first official trailer for its forthcoming Imagine comedy starring Vince Vaughn and directed by Ron Howard, and the reaction in Hollywood was dismay and disappointment. Not because it looks like a stinker. But because it uses the term “gay” as an insult right in the first scene. “Ladies and Gentlemen, electric cars are so gay,” Vaughn’s character tells a packed conference room to indicate his ridicule. Immediately after Deadline posted the trailer (removed today by Universal), Industry insiders took to the comments section for a heated discussion over the appropriateness of showcasing this scene much less including it in the movie at all. Now outsiders like CNN’s Anderson Cooper (see below) are disapproving of it as well. Until now, Universal hasn’t made any change to the trailer. But I’ve just learned the studio finally is responding to the pressure and planning to alter it. However, studio executives still appear bewildered by the situation “because we showed the trailer to gay groups like GLAAD and gay executives here and gays in our marketing department and no one was offended and everyone had a positive response,” a Uni insider claims to me. However, on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show this week, CNN host Anderson Cooper was interviewed by satellite on the subject of school bullying, and he brought up the Dilemma trailer and criticized it: Read More »

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