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OTRC: Brett Ratner apologizes for using gay slur during film screening

Brett Ranter officially apologized on Monday, November 7, for using a gay slur at a question and answer session at a screening of his latest film, "Tower Heist." The 42-year-old director used a term to describe gay men in response to a question asked at a screening.

Ratner issued a statement on Monday, according to the Associated Press, saying he apologized "for any offense my remarks caused.

"It was a dumb and outdated way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body," he added. "But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words."

Ratner is set to produce the 2012 Academy Awards. Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the awards ceremony, told the wire service that Ratner's remarks were "inappropriate." He added that the academy is not going to remove him from his Oscar-producing position.

"The bottom line is, this won't and can't happen again. It will not happen again," Sherak said. "The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart."

Sherak added, "This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn't mean it."

Herndon Graddick, the senior director of programs for the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) asked that Ratner and the academy do more.

"The Academy and Hollywood need to send a clear message that such slurs, used even once, have no place in mainstream popular culture or at the helm of the industry that helps create it," Graddick told the Associated Press.

"Tower Heist" opened on November 4 and finished in second place at the weekend box office with $25.1 million. Eddie Murphy, the film's star, will host the 84th annual Academy Awards which will air on Sunday, February 26, 2012 on ABC, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company. It will be Murphy's first time hosting the awards ceremony.

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