Brett Ratner - Brett Ratner To Front New Gay Rights Video Campaign
Moviemaker Brett Ratner is to team up with gay rights activists to direct a series of new videos promoting tolerance, just three months after he stepped down as the producer of the 2012 Oscars following a homophobic slur scandal.
Ratner's resignation in November (11) came four days after he told movie fans that "rehearsal's for fags" at a question-and-answer session to promote his new movie Tower Heist.
The remark led to a weekend of outrage among gay rights groups and prompted the Rush Hour director to apologise for his slip-up.
He also met with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad) officials to discuss how he could help them rally support for programmes.
And now it seems they have come up with a way for Ratner to get back into the good graces of gay movie fans - he will produce and direct a video campaign for Glaad.
He met with the group's Board of Directors earlier this week (beg13Feb12) and can't wait to get started on his new campaign project.
A statement from Ratner reads, "Working together with Glaad has been a very positive and enlightening experience for me, and I could not be more pleased to be developing this crucial campaign to help educate people that we all share the same humanity. I am excited to get to work on this program and hope that minds and hearts are opened by what we create."
The upcoming video series will feature Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians, who will 'come out of the closet' as supporters of equality. Participants will share personal stories about why and how they support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and call on all Americans to do the same.