The Dilemma Director Ron Howard agrees that a controversial gay joke delivered by Vince Vaughn in the film is offensive when viewed out of context.

In October, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Universal Pictures to cut the joke from the film, now in theaters.

Howard agreed to cut the joke from the film's trailer but decided to leave it in the film.

In the movie, Vaughn's character says, “Electric cars are gay. I mean not 'homosexual' gay, but 'my parents are chaperoning the dance' gay.”

In an appearance Friday on ABC's The View, the 56-year-old childhood actor turned director talked about the controversy.

Howard said that he agreed with critics who questioned the appropriateness of the joke's inclusion in the trailer, saying the criticism was “valid.” But when host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked if the scene had been cut from the film, Howard replied that the joke remained.

“No,” Howard said, “because within the context the inappropriateness of the statement is both sort of the nature of that character that Vince Vaughn plays. And it's also not lost on anybody within the framework of the scene. So that's part of why it's funny.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)