Vince Vaughn drew fire when he noted in the trailer for The Dilemma that “electric cars are gay.” Comedy or not, gay and lesbian groups weren’t amused to hear that term used in a derogatory sense in a nationwide advertisement. After tremendous pressure, the offensive line was removed from the film. I can see both sides of the argument and prefer to remain objective, but I would like to note that the days of kids quoting Vince Vaughn’s movie lines ended in 2006.
If this list illustrates anything, it’s that people are sensitive about religion. That’s why protestors from South Korea, Greece, Thailand, and India planned to protest The Da Vinci Code screenings at the Cannes Film Festival. The film’s assertion that Jesus was Mary Magdalene’s baby daddy angered the groups who feel the subject matter is in direct violation of what was stated in the Bible. I guess it’s good they didn’t see the film. They sound like book purists anyway.
Cancer enthusiasts were upset with Harvey Weinstein when he ordered creative changes to the film Fanboys. In the original version of the film, friends band together for a road trip to George Lucas‘s Skywalker Ranch so that their terminally-ill friend can see Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace before he passes. Convinced that cancer wouldn’t play in Peoria, Weinstein re-shot key scenes with a different director that altered the storyline. In a move of protest, supporters of the film agreed to picket any film distributed by the Weinstein Company. The first victim was Superhero Movie. However, the fourteen protestors who bothered to show up in New York were quickly diverted by a security guard. Attica! Attica!!