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Movie Academy Scolds Oscar Producer Brett Ratner for Gay Slur: "It Will Not Happen Again"

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Brett Ratner is still producing the Oscars.

But he may want to stop talking before he finds himself getting booted from the prestigious gig.

Academy president Tom Sherak has not only scolded Ratner for using a gay slur this weekend while promoting Tower Heist, but...

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He also warned that there's no room for another mistake.

"His remarks were inappropriate," Sherak told Deadline.com. "He said it best in his apology, that his comments were dumb and insensitive. When you think of our community, it went against all the beliefs of the creative community we represent. He knew it was wrong and he issued that response as quickly as any human being ever has. The bottom line is, this won't and can't happen again. It will not happen again."

Ratner was blasted by GLAAD yesterday after New York magazine reported that he said, "Rehearsal is for fags," when he was asked during a Tower Heist Q&A if he rehearses with his actors.

"I apologize for any offense my remarks caused," Ratner said in a statement yesterday. "It was a dumb and outdated way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words."

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GLAAD, however, doesn't think it's enough and "is calling for additional actions beyond the statement."

Mark Harris, a columnist for Entertainment Weekly, isn't mincing words.

"There's not really a long, nuanced debate to be had about this," Harris wrote in a post for Grantland.com that's titled "Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner." "If he had used an equivalent racial or religious slur, the discussion would go something like, 'You're fired.' Apology or not. The same rule applies here. You don't get a mulligan on homophobia. Not in 2011."

Sherak, obviously, doesn't agree.

"I've known this man for a very long time," he also told Deadline. "He has many friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart. If I didn't believe it, I would do something about it. This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn't mean it."

Now we want to hear from you. Should Brett Ratner be fired from producing next year's Oscars because of his antigay slur, or should he be forgiven? Sound off below.

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