Friday, November 11, 2011
Just Because: The Ratner Debacle
Much has been made the past 48 hours of leaving/firing of Brett Ratner from this Oscars. Many are crying Hollywood hypocrisy comparing a perceived acceptance of Roman Polanski's actions vs the condemnation of Ratner's words. I don't quite get the comparison between someone who raped at 13 year old and someone who made a homophobic comment??? No one is suggesting Ratner be jailed or executed, the two stories, the two actions should not be compared.
I was saddened by the amount of people who wrote off his comment because the 'know him' or are his 'friend'. Just when you begin to think things are starting to change people who should know better are defending his actions. Now let me clear, I am glad he is not producing the Oscars but not because of his comments. I personally think he should not have left/been pushed out. His words obviously were out of line and should have been slammed, but then it is time to move on.
I am glad he is not producing the show because I am simply not really impressed with much of his work as a producer and director. I also am a huge fan of Eddie Murphy's talent (love watching his old SNL work), but not a fan of the man himself. I find the actor smug and just a little bit odd and even a little scary. I am glad Billy Crystal is back on board and I know he will have more than a few jokes about the whole thing.
It is a bit ironic though that Ratner's replacement is Brian Grazer. I am a fan of much of Grazer's work, but earlier this year you may remember he had gay groups up in arms himself with a gay joke from 'The Dilemma', which despite the outcry, Grazer left in the movie.