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Brett Ratner has resigned as producer of next year’s Academy Awards after gays and lesbians took offense to his use of the word “fags” during a Q&A session for his latest turd of a movie, “Tower Heist.” He has since issued a carefully manufactured open letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences explaining why he felt he needed to resign and apologizing for his use of the slur. The letter reads (via the Daily Mail):

“I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast.

Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career.

But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.

[I'm sorry] for any offense my remarks caused — [it was] a dumb and outdated way of expressing myself… as a storyteller, I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.

I didn’t realize shitting all over the X-Men franchise qualified as “story-telling” these days. Back in my day, we just called it “you fucking suck, Brett Ratner!” It was a simpler, nobler time.

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