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Brett Ratner’s big mouth

by Danielle Berrin

November 7, 2011 | 6:00 pm

Brett Ratner, the director more infamous for libidinous behavior than famous for his movies, has yet again caused a sinful stir. 

With his movie “Tower Heist” in theaters, Ratner attended a weekend Q-and-A session where he reportedly (and offhandedly) remarked that “rehearsing is for fags”.

Shocking though it is that Ratner prefers working-it to work, gay activists pounced upon the playboy and demanded an apology for the slur.

In a statement issued to TheWrap.com, Ratner said: “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.”

As this year’s Oscar telecast producer, he should have been much more thoughtful about his choice of words. Brett Ratner’s motor mouth needs a muzzle. 

When speculation that Ratner may have endangered his Oscar role reached fever pitch, Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming contacted Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences prexy Tom Sherak to get his take on the matter. “His remarks were inappropriate,” Sherak told Fleming. “[T]his won’t and can’t happen again. It will not happen again….This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards.”

Ratner’s latest gaffe follows another, in which he decided to reveal himself as the unnamed director with the “undersized manhood” described in actress/TV personality Olivia Munn‘s recently released book, “Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek”.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ratner made a “Tower Heist” promotional appearance on the gaming Website G4TV′s Attack of the Show and outed himself as Munn’s former flame.

“I used to date Olivia Munn … when she was Lisa… She was hanging out on my set of After the Sunset, I banged her a few times … but I forgot her. Because she changed her name … I didn’t know it was the same person. So when she came and auditioned for me for a TV show, I forgot her, she got pissed off and she made up all these stories about me eating shrimp and masturbating in my trailer. And my shortcomings. She talked about my shortcomings. I get it. She’s bitter.”

It’s only for so long, though, that a donkey can get away with being an….you-know-what, so earlier today, on none other than The Howard Stern Show, Ratner recanted.

“She’s actually talented,” he said to Stern of Munn. “The problem is I made her look like she’s a whore.”

So that’s how a john apologizes.

But unfortunately, “sorry” doesn’t mean much in Ratner’s world. Because just after he apologized, he mused about his skill performing oral sex, and discussed masturbation and sexually transmitted diseases. And his mortifying misogyny didn’t end there: he also embarrassed Lindsay Lohan and pretty much every other woman he’s ever been with by describing sexual habits and protocol that any decent person would keep private. At times, Ratner can be charming but mostly he acts like a fool and gets all the attention he’s after.

Frankly I could care less if Ratner hangs on to his Oscar gig or not. I’d much rather see him get pilloried by some valiant father or boyfriend who holds nothing back in defending the honor of all the women Ratner has humiliated.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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