Gay entertainment websites are buzzing
over the exclusion of a gay pairing in the trailer of the upcoming
feature film Valentine's Day.
comedy, set for a February 12 nationwide release, pairs five couples
as they celebrate Valentine's Day in Los Angeles.
Included in the mix
is Bradley Cooper, whose gay character is reportedly in love with a
closeted football player, performed by Eric Dane, dreamy Doctor
McSteamy from ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
But the movie's
trailer released Monday omits the film's inclusion of a gay
“Is it really
impossible to market an ensemble romantic comedy to the masses with a
gay couple in it?,” Ed Kennedy wrote at AfterElton.com,
a website devoted to male gay entertainment. “Could that really be
considered a bad marketing move in Hollywood now?”
the film's marketing to that of A Single Man, whose director,
Tom Ford, and star, Colin Firth, have called a “universal” film,
not a gay film.
“First, a gay
director [Tom Ford] takes a movie about a gay man based on a book by
a gay man [Christopher Isherwood] and degays the marketing for that
movie, and now this?”