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Ousted Oscars Producer — Who Inflamed Controversy With Comment Perceived as Slur — Resurfaces With Campaign for Activist Group

Feb 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The director and producer who made headlines last year by getting himself booted from his Oscars gig has a new job — and it’s right on target if he hopes to rehabilitate his image in the wake of that PR disaster.

Brett Ratner has agreed to produce and direct a video campaign for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, reports Deadline.com.

As previously reported, Ratner was ousted from the Oscars job after saying, "Rehearsal is for fags," and getting into a crass discussion of sex on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show. His departure sent the Oscars telecast into a scramble, with Eddie Murphy dropping out and Billy Crystal eventually agreeing to return as host.

“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,” Ratner said, according to the story.

The videos will feature celebrities, musicians, politicians and athletes expressing their support for equality, the piece notes.

Ratner is best known for his work in feature films, including directing the “Rush Hour” film series, “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Tower Heist.”

The Oscars ceremony is set for Sunday, Feb. 26, to be televised live on ABC.

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