Brett Ratner Quits as Oscar Producer!  

Should we rejoice? Brett Ratner quit from his position as a producer of the upcoming Oscars. In recent days, the "Tower Heist" director has been involved in a controversy when he mentioned the "F" word, the mean, vile word condescending to gays.

And in the end, the director resigned.

Honestly? It would be good for the Oscars! Even if he was not embroiled in the gay slur controversy, his aesthetic sense or lack thereof, would not have been good for the awards show anyway! So more power to you, good luck and goodbye Mr. Ratner!

Here's the full press release from the Academy;

Beverly Hills, CA – This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak. Ratner then issued an open letter to the entertainment industry in which he explained his decision.

"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," Sherak said. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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