Actor Vince Vaughn says he is glad that a joke about ‘gay’ cars will stay in his latest film.

The star appears in The Dilemma, in which his character makes a joke about electric cars being ‘gay’.

His character tells a boardroom: “Electric cars are gay. Not homosexual gay, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.”

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Ellen DeGeneres complained that it would encourage homophobic bullying, but Vaughn said it was “not a derogatory term”.

The scene was cut from the film’s trailer.

“I’m glad to hear it’s staying the movie,” he told Q100′s Bert Radio Show yesterday. “It wasn’t a derogatory term… We clarified within the joke [that it was] not ‘homosexual-gay’ but, you know, your parents are chaperoning a dance.”

This week, director Ron Howard told the Los Angeles Times: “The Dilemma is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids.

“It is a slight moment in The Dilemma meant to demonstrate an aspect of our lead character’s personality, and we never expected it to represent our intentions or the point of view of the movie or those of us who made it.”