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Exile in Oscarville: Ratner’s Slur Shakes Up Oscar Lineup

Posted on Nov 9, 2011
AP / /Matt Sayles

Switcho, changeo: “Tower Heist” producer Brian Grazer, left, and Brett Ratner, director of that movie, at the premiere of Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” in Los Angeles on Nov. 3.

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This was all just too much for Howard Stern, who used part of Wednesday’s broadcast to rail against the hypocrisy he saw in the Academy and the industry at large.

The Hollywood Reporter:

“The Oscars are the same place where Charlie Sheen-types can go and get applauded,” Stern said. “God knows who’s coming across that stage and what they’re up to,” added co-host Robin Quivers.

“This is the same industry, by the way, that wants Roman Polanski to be forgiven for raping a 13-year old, that it’s time he be let back in the United States. I would hang him by his balls,” Stern said..

[...] If Ratner hadn’t stepped down as producer of the Oscars, Stern said, he’d be “in charge of an awards show for lunatics. There’s a lot of loony people in Hollywood who do a lot of loony things.”

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Next, in a public display of loyalty to Ratner, and maybe also to a future “Tower Heist 2,” Eddie Murphy decided to follow the embattled director’s lead and announced his own departure Wednesday while deftly playing to both sides (actors!). Stern had predicted Murphy’s move that morning.

Detroit Free Press:

“First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony,” Murphy said in statement released by the Academy today. “I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

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Finally, we have the last act, which also happened Wednesday: “Tower Heist” producer and veteran industry player Brian Grazer stepped in to take the vacant director’s spot for the Academy Awards. The New York Times has those details here.

Predictably, attempts were made to force a moral to this story, and the chatterfest continued from inside industry circles and in the blogosphere. Here’s our takeaway: Resist the tedious, if familiar, urge to blend a certain brand of oafishness with homophobia and everyone wins.

—Kasia Anderson


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By OzarkMichael, November 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

Next time your ‘Muslim’ congresscritter goes on a paid junket to Gaza ask them about the content of Hamas TV shows and attitude against Jews. Here children are propaganized to strive for Islamic world conquest:

here a three year old girl is propagandized to hate infidels, especially Jews, whom she calls apes and pigs, and they need to be killed:

Remember folks, the only reason that there isnt peace is because of Israel’s intransigence. The Palestinians are the good guys and they want peace, peace, peace!

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By PatrickHenry, November 11, 2011 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

Next time your ‘Christian’ congresscritter goes on a paid junket to Israel ask them about the content of Israeli TV shows and attitude against Christians.

If this kind of show was shown on TV in the U.S. about Jews, the ADL would come out of the woodwork.

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By PatrickHenry, November 11, 2011 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

The double standard applied to Jews and all others in Hollywood has grown over the years to a point it is not veiled anymore.

Its OK to be a child rapist if you name is Polanski or Allen, you will work another day.

Larry David personified this point years ago in a famous case of him pissing on a picture of Jesus, it was hushed up and is seldom heard of again.  Anything for a laugh, no matter how insulting it is to others, unless it touches on being Jewish and then it is serious.

I attempted to post the link to ‘The Ugly Truth’ which outlined this story and others by Sarah Silverman, Seinfeld and Larry David but it comes up as a blacklisted site with truthdig.  B D is another such site.

Truthdig needs to come clean with these sites.

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By Hobbs, November 11, 2011 at 1:37 am Link to this comment
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@Robespierre115,exactly…especially since Maher is Jewish (ok,half)..if it was a
Christian or Muslim celebrity making similar comments about Jewish people there
would be all hell to pay…

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By todzzgod, November 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

I read this story to see if any of it was relevant to reality like OWS,expensive empire building and the wars we have started that have killed millions, people starving, unemployment etc. Things that really matter but no nothing reality based here. Just 2 pages of mental masturbation and a waste of time.

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By OzarkMichael, November 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment

But bigoted jokes against Christians are a-ok!

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By Robespierre115, November 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

Ratner gets burned for making stupid comments, but let’s be honest here, people like Ratner and Von Trier get burned because it’s safe to burn them, but nobody does anything in Hollywood when people like Bill Maher openly make racist, bigoted jokes or comments about Muslim Americans or Muslims in general.

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