urx unit loader 'Tower Heist' director Brett Ratner apologizes for gay slur
brett ratner gi 'Tower Heist' director Brett Ratner apologizes for gay slurDirector and upcoming Academy Awards telecast producer Brett Ratner has issued an apology for using a gay slur on Friday (Nov. 4) after a screening of his new movie, “Tower Heist.”

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.