As part of an effort to redeem himself after last year's infamous Q&A gaffe, "Tower Heist" director Brett Ratner has teamed up with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for a new video series.
The new series, which the "Rush Hour" trilogy veteran will direct and produce, will feature "a diverse group of Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians 'coming out of the closet' as supporters of equality," according to GLAAD.
"Participants will share personal stories about why and how they support the LGBT community and call on Americans to do the same," GLAAD stated in an official press release. Also involved in the meetings were producer Brian Grazer and directors Adam Shankman and Bryan Singer.
Of the experience, Ratner noted, "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 the first step in what is presumably Ratner's effort to re-build his image after his late 2011 debacle. The notoriously sharp-tongued director stepped down as co-producer of the 2012 Academy Awards after using a gay slur during a Q&A session following a "Tower Heist" screening.
"Rehearsing is for fags," Ratner proclaimed at the time. His statements quickly drew criticism from GLAAD and Entertainment Weekly columnist Mark Harris, among other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates and allies.
Ratner later apologized for the comment. "It was a dumb way of expressing myself," he wrote at the time. "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."