Director Brett Ratner has said something positive has come out of last year's incident in which he used an anti-gay slur.

The comments come just four months after Ratner stepped down as producer of this year's Oscars over the incident.

Ratner said during a Q&A following a screening of his latest film, Tower Heist, that “rehearsing is for fags.” He apologized for the remark and resigned as producer of the annual awards show.

Last month, Ratner announced he has teamed up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to produce and direct a gay rights video campaign.

“I knew that something positive was going to come out of it,” Ratner told E! Online. “It was unfortunate. But I'm happy to turn a negative into a positive, which is what always happens.”

Ratner is also organizing a contest for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

“We're going to have a bunch of filmmakers create PSAs about words that are not good to say,” Ratner explained. “Then I'm going to present the winner with an award at GLSEN's Respect Awards.”