Just In: Eddie Murphy Withdraws As Oscar Host
Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as the host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, more famously known as the Oscars. Eddie Murphy and the Academy were in the process of mending their relationship. Eddie Murphy felt snubbed after losing the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as Jimmy in Dreamgirls. *Jimmy Got Soul! Jimmy Got, Jimmy Got, Jimmy Got Soul!*
So…Why did Eddie Murphy withdraw from the Academy Awards? Well it’s really simple, the Academy fires producer Brett Ratner, and Eddie Murphy isn’t having it. Brett Ratner is resigning as producer after using offensive language targeting homosexuals at a premiere of Tower Heist. Brett Ratner is the director of Tower Heist, which stars also Eddie Murphy. So Brett Ratner is responsible for recruiting Eddie Murphy as host of the Oscars. So simply put, Eddie Murphy withdraws from the Oscars because he is standing by his man, Brett Ratner.
Find out what Brett Ratner said that has caused all of this shake up, when you continue reading…
When asked during Q&A session after the screening of Tower Heist, if he [Brett Ratner] practiced with his actors before shooting a scene, Ratner replied, “Rehearsing is for fags.”
Ratner later apologized for the statement:
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.
But the apology didn’t stop the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from demanding Ratner’s resignation. Minutes after Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th Academy Awards, Eddie Murphy resigned, too. Here is Murphy’s statement straight from the press release:
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. 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.
The statement is offensive to some people, but it’s all about context, too. Ratner uses a poor choice of words, but his intention is not to offend a group of people out of hatred. An apology is all that’s needed in my opinion, but hey, I’m not gay.
…Perhaps if he’d used the n-word, I would feel differently.
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