X-Men 3 Director Brett Ratner Steps Down As Oscar Producer, Pens Letter Of Apology

<i>X-Men 3</i> Director Brett Ratner Steps Down As Oscar Producer, Pens Letter Of Apology

Not FOR X3..yet anyway! But Ratner is discussed so much here on CBM after his work on that movie and comments on the fan community in general afterwards that we felt this would be of interest..

To say that director Brett Ratner is unpopular here on CBM is something of an understatement. I don't think that it's even the fact that his work on the third X-Men movie was THAT bad as it is his attitude in general-insulting what he considers the "fanboys" that criticized X3. He basically just seems to be, well, an asshat. The Tower Heist director did nothing to change that perception when he rammed both feet straight down his gob earlier this week. First in response to a passage in Olivia Munn's book that describes a run in with Ratner he claimed to have "banged" her and then forgot who she was. He later went back on this, simply claiming that "she was hot". Then it got even worse as when asked about his directorial style in an interview he said "rehearsal is for fags". And now after coming under fire from all directions he has unsurprisingly stepped down as the producer of the Academy Awards next year and offered this grovelling apology..

Dear Colleagues,
Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.

As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.

So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.

As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.

I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.


Brett Ratner

I don't know about you guys, but I think I might actually respect him even LESS after that. As well as maybe feel a teeny bit sorry for the gobshite. What do you guys think?

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BlazinTexan - 11/8/2011, 6:02 PM
Ratner your the king of douchery.
RunDTC - 11/8/2011, 6:12 PM
this guys a winner!
JDUKE25 - 11/8/2011, 6:15 PM
The words Oscar and X-men 3 should never be said in the same sentence.
geoff - 11/8/2011, 6:37 PM
why didnt he apologize for X3? That asshole...
JULEZ13 - 11/8/2011, 6:42 PM
This is the stupidest thing ever. -_- The f-word he used has a completely different meaning these days. Lots of people use it. I don't even know why homosexuals get offended. I personally don't see the need for him to apologize. Eventually everyone will realize that the meaning has changed over the years. Everything has its process i guess.

Like geoff said, he should apologize for X3, now that's something to apologize about!

Why is he even producing the Academy Awards? Has he won any? I personally don't think he is qualified for the job.
JDUKE25 - 11/8/2011, 6:44 PM
Agreed, he should apologize for X3. But it's a good thing he stepped down. He would have made it to where every host had a death scene.
jjmeylar - 11/8/2011, 6:48 PM
I'm still waiting for him to apologize for practically telling "X-Men" fans "F**K YOU!" He's an ass!
BatSlam - 11/8/2011, 6:57 PM
[frick] you Ratner, Who said it was a good idea to kill of or "cure" all the mutants so the only way to do another movie was to go in the past and do a first class movie. What a dick.
BatSlam - 11/8/2011, 6:58 PM
I always thought he looked like a very fat anthony green, which it to bad because anthony green is one of my favorite song writers and singers.
MercMatt - 11/8/2011, 7:01 PM
Oh My God, Ratner. Who the hell cares??? You suck. You know it. Move along. Oh yea!... I agree with @geoff and everyone else. Apologize for X3 already, you asshole. Cheers!
DarthTesla - 11/8/2011, 7:23 PM
Yeah Ratner's a douche.

He should apologize publicly for X3 next. And Rush Hour 2 & 3.
TerminatorMode - 11/8/2011, 7:28 PM
@MrEko - agreed - even tho X-3 wasn't as great as it should've been, i hate his attitude towards film making and the way he seems to treat people the most
RunDTC - 11/8/2011, 7:37 PM
there's a whole book with nothing but pictures of J-Lo's and Kim Kardashian's asses?
Hannibal_King - 11/8/2011, 7:41 PM
So what exactly did he say?
OtakuPapi - 11/8/2011, 7:41 PM
You say anything derogatory about gay people now a days and the world jumps on your back geez, "Gays run the world"
SotNatt - 11/8/2011, 7:48 PM
@OtakuPapi You say ANYTHING derogatory about ANY group of people, and you SHOULD be jumped on. That's how we stopped the world from being RUN by douchecanoes like Ratner and, I imagine, you.
DarthTesla - 11/8/2011, 7:50 PM
@EmpressSkeith: Douchecanoes. I enjoy that.
MovieTheaterLad - 11/8/2011, 7:57 PM
As a gay person, I accept his apology.

I also respect him for stepping down from such a high profile job so as to not sully the organization. That takes courage to do, to step down and apologize from the opportunity of a lifetime out of humility, while at the same time apologizing to the LGBT community.

As for the fanboys? They need a reality check. Seriously, [frick] 'em. They think the world resold around them and their taste.
nowtheresaBATman - 11/8/2011, 8:03 PM
well at least we know what he was doing in his trailer during the X3 shoot....masturbating w/ shrimp fat!
Tevii - 11/8/2011, 8:04 PM
@empressSkeith - I completely disagree. This country is supposed to be about freedom of speech. Let anyone say anything about anyone.
The true test is what society embraces. Who cares what he says? He's allowed his opinion. If you disagree with his opinion, as I do, stop attending his movies. This diminishes his demand and he eventually fades away.
He's a douche on so many levels, that would be better for everyone anyway. If anything, he should step down from directing. But attacking anyone's freedom of speech eventually hurts everyone.
ironpool007 - 11/8/2011, 8:07 PM
What a douchebag and horrible film maker he is. But in spite of all that, let's face it. he came out and apologized for saying those terrible things. Now yes, we could all sit here all day and question whether the apology is sincere or just a way to make himself look good. But he did write an apology. So let's all put aside that [frick]ed up X-Men: The Last Stand, and try to accept his apology.
MovieTheaterLad - 11/8/2011, 8:07 PM

Freedom of speech is a two way street. If you call someone a name, they can call you a name back.
MovieTheaterLad - 11/8/2011, 8:08 PM

I think he showed ALOT of humility here.
mrHJK - 11/8/2011, 8:09 PM
Dont forget what he said about pirating this week: I put Eddie Murphy in my movie trying to draw the African American crowd. But if they can get it for a dollar or free online or whatever do you think those people are going to pay $10 to see it in theaters?
Or him recounting his sexual escapades with Lindsey Lohan and Victoria secret models..
OR throwing water balloons at homeless people with Michael Jackson.
DioFoRio - 11/8/2011, 8:11 PM
who gives a shit
Shadowelfz - 11/8/2011, 8:14 PM
I bet his publicist wrote that up. Every time I think this guy cant get any more douchier he does.
ironpool007 - 11/8/2011, 8:19 PM
@MovieTheaterLad: I agree with you, but a lot of people are gonna come out and question him on here, and start sayin g stuff about how he should apologize for X3. I'm just asking those people not to do that, because ultimate the fact that he apologized to the gay community is far importtant than apologizing for an unpoplular movie he made.
DarthTesla - 11/8/2011, 8:20 PM
You know, most of these celebrities-that-[frick]-up-horribly-and-publicly almost immediately issue public apologies. Not because they mean it, but because their publicist told them to do so.

It's nice that they do apologize, but that doesn't mean that Mel Gibson doesn't hate Jews and Brett Ratner isn't a scumbag.

You would think an intelligent person in the public eye would know better than to say some ignorant shit so passingly and in front of a crowd of people.

Ratner's a dickhead. In my opinion.
JULEZ13 - 11/8/2011, 8:24 PM
@BaneKill: You obviously missed my point. Many different words change in definition with every new generation. The word gay used to mean happy, now it's used to describe homosexuals. Same as with the word f**. It, like many other words has a double meaning. It is a hateful slur to homosexuals, but not always. Today lots of people use that word to describe someone that they feel is stupid or makes no sense. Its just an expression. Just like when people say something is gay. Do they really mean that thing or person is a homosexual, no. They are just saying they don't like it. It has nothing to do with sexual preference. So in reality, using the word in this context is not homophobic at all. Its a form of expression. You may not agree with that form of expression, but not everyone is the same.

Brett Ratner was wrong mainly because he talked that way to the media. It is unprofessional to use slang or street language on TV, or whatever it was showed on, especially when its attached to something so big as the Academy Awards.
UncleTee - 11/8/2011, 8:37 PM
I don't mind X3...after watching it a few times, it's grown on me. Plus the production was plagued from the start. Ratner just did what he could with his limited talents.
Greengo - 11/8/2011, 8:41 PM
Well.. he sucks anyways
MrTakoYaki - 11/8/2011, 8:48 PM
Since when did the LGBT community run the world? People say stupid stuff all the time. Get over it. And yes we know that Ratner's movies generally suck, but that's besides the point.
MrTakoYaki - 11/8/2011, 8:53 PM
MrEko: oppression is one of those leftist words is like "fascist" that is overused and abused. Real oppression is slave trading in Somalia. Real oppression is riding a bus in Israel and having someone blow you and your family up. People break a finger nail here and they feel oppressed.
miguelus - 11/8/2011, 9:06 PM
...phony homophobic prick...
MrTakoYaki - 11/8/2011, 9:21 PM
MrEko: The question of what is a civil liberty is part of the issue. Most of the time for something to be a civil liberty it has to be something you are born with. Even the American Psychological Association finally admitted in 2009 that there has never been any iota of proof demonstrating homosexuality is biological. Whether you or I believe homosexuality is in the DNA or not is not the issue. Until research demonstrates homosexuality is biological, the label of civil rights should not be used.

And yeah you are absolutely right about the label of oppression when it's overused. It just gets thrown around so much these days that it does lose it's power. There is some truly horrific stuff out there, so it's a shame when it gets used for any situation where someone feels slighted.

ecksmanfan - 11/8/2011, 9:27 PM
This guy is a super tool.
Macman29 - 11/8/2011, 9:44 PM
Why do people even accept his apology? He stepped down because if he didn't he would be fired.

All this media crap is bs. The people are never really sorry, they just ask their publicist what they should do next to look sorry. Its like when a fat kid apologizes for stealing a cookie when you know the little bastard isn't sorry. And today that fat bastard is Brett Ratner.
GUNSMITH - 11/8/2011, 10:26 PM
SotNatt - 11/8/2011, 11:00 PM
@Tevii I agree that people should be allowed to say whatever they want to say. That is the very definition of freedom of speech and, as someone who benefits dearly from this right, I have no qualms with it.

Ratner has a right to say what he wants, right? Just as I, and others, have a right to call him on his douchebaggery.

Say whatever you like, people. That's fine. But you can't be up in arms if there ends up being and adverse reaction to the things you choose to say oh so freely -- that's kinda how action-reaction tends to work. That's why people who tell their bosses they can "suck it" tend to get fired. Or why people who get into other peoples' faces tend to start a lot of fights.

Should we pounce on him for speaking his mind (if he has one)? No, and I don't believe anyone is attacking him in that way. Should we pounce on him for words he chooses to say and actions he chooses to make? Most definitely. Because that's our right. That's out freedom.

Look...basically, words are just words. At the same time, you can't say "Oh he's allowed to speak his mind" and simultaneously condemn those who choose to react negatively towards it. Because that reaction, whatever it may be, is also a freedom. You know, so long as it's not one that puts others in physical harm; like, say, calling Ratner a douchecanoe of a human waste who's just all kinds of Hollywood wrong and couldn't direct his way out of a paper bag.

That seems pretty okay to me. :\

There. I had my say.

@CaptainDusty Why thank you. ;)
OhGawDuhhh - 11/8/2011, 11:11 PM
He's an ass but is this a bit much? It's kinda pathetic.

He's kinda like Len Wiseman to me. Makes very good looking, well crafted films that are kinda devoid of soul.

X3 was so disappointing because it just threw away everything that Bryan Singer obviously had planned for the threequel and made what should have been a side-plot the main storyline. It has some kick ass action though, the acting wasn't half-bad and I really like the score.

Have you ever heard his commentary on the DVD/blu-ray?

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