[…] around the 11 minute mark, Macaluso calls one classmate a “fuckin’ faggot” and “fuckin’ retard.” After interrupting the class for nearly 20 minutes, security finally arrives. In the epilogue, Macaluso claims he was handcuffed and taken to Beth Israel Hospital against his will. Macaluso told NYU Local that he was just acting as part of an experimental film: “I would say it’s an experiment in existentialism,” he said.
Calling someone a faggot or retard isn’t freedom of speech or revolutionary or existential it’s hateful and ableist.
As for his justifiably irritated classmates, he is adamant that the whole experiment was a worthwhile endeavor and not a living breathing example of why people hate film majors. “If one of the students was offended by something the character I was playing said, then absolutely [I’d apologize],” he told NYU Local. “This project was intended to be an artistic expression. That’s what I go to school for.”