Anderson Cooper is upset about the use of the word “gay” in the trailer for Vince Vaughn’s upcoming comedy, “The Dilemma.”
Appearing this week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 45-year-old CNN anchor (who has declined to reveal his sexual orientation), told the talk show host (via JustJared): “I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, ‘That’s so gay,’ and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview, they thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it.
“I just find those words, those terms, we’ve got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids,” he went on.
“Someone else I talked to recently said that the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue. And when you’re a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself. I think we need to really focus on what language we’re using and how we’re treating these kids.”