When Brett Ratner apologized for his homophobic comments when asked about his directing style — “rehearsing is for fags” — he attempted humility by acknowledging the damage that words can do:
As difficult as the last few days have been for me, 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.
As his penance, he’s learning that words can heal—or at least, that’s what his reps must be hoping, because Ratner has revealed that he’ll be working with GLAAD on a special video campaign. In the campaign, Hollywood stars and pro athletes will “come out of the closet” in support of equality because, according to GLAAD, “Straight allies are crucial to creating a culture in which LGBT people are respected and supported.”
Over the weekend, Brett met with GLAAD’s Board of Directors, which included Oscars producer Brian Grazer. His statement about the experience seemed a bit disingenuous for the director who cracked jokes about sleeping with Olivia Munn ”before she was Asian,” but here it is:
“Working together with GLAAD has been a very positive and enlightening experience for me, and I could not be more pleased to be developing this crucial campaign to help educate people that we all share the same humanity. I am excited to get to work on this program and hope that minds and hearts are opened by what we create.”
It’s unclear if the videos will also feature out actors — like Matt Bomer, who came out just the other day — or if it’s more of a symbolic gesture, like Brett directing the videos. No word yet on when the videos will premiere.