A friend told me yesterday that a friend of hers went to see Tropic Thunder and there were protesters with pictures of little autistic children on the signs. She didn't know what the movie was about so I told her and wondered if she was mistaken. Well, she wasn't. o_o
Dang, I guess that means most of the U.S. wont see this movie.WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - Advocates for people with intellectual disabilities are boycotting the movie 'Tropic Thunder' which opens today, August 13.
moretropicthundernewsOutside Washington's Gallery Place movie theatre, about 50 people carried signs calling the movie 'Tropic Blunder" and wore t-shirts saying 'Rally for Respect.' They're offended by the movie's repeated use of the 'R'word and the treatment of a character named 'Simple Jack' who has an intellectual disability. The character is played by Ben Stiller who also wrote the movie.
It's a movie within a movie that's rude and crude and makes fun of many groups, most often actors themselves. But the laughs it seeks with the portrayal of a person who has intellectual disabilities some say is full of dehumanizing hate speech.
Peter Berns, executive director of the ARC of the U.S. says "Throughout the film, it spews venom. 'Retard', 'imbecile,' that speech is extraordinary offensive to people with disabilities and their family members.
So much for a sense of humor. Pretty much everyone under the age of 25 uses the word "retard" to some extent. 0___o I've been called retarded by a retard [I <3 you Ed] and I'd call him one back, he'd laugh and bring me a free cookie everyday. [the autistic classes baked the best cookies and sold them throughout the school.]In the usual star-studded premieres, "Tropic Thunder" had to endure a semi-closed premiere atmosphere due to protesters. For many developmentally challenged American's, the "r" word is considered equal to using the "n" word. Within the film, various groups counted over 100 times the "retard" word was used. The groups in tow included Arc of The United States, the Special Olympics and the National Down Syndrome Congress.
According to an ARC executive, "Hollywood has picked on different groups in the past and they've fought back. Now they have picked on a group that is sensitive and can't always fight back."
The LA premiere of “Tropic Thunder” not only drew the movie's stars, it also attracted protesters. Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver thinks the movie makes fun of and humiliates people with intellectual disabilities.
He and others are upset by what they say is the “tasteless” portrayal of the mentally disabled, along with the use of certain words to describe them. Protesters held up signs with slogans such as “call me by my name, not by my label.” They chanted, “ban the movie, ban the word.”
“Tropic Thunder” director and co-star Ben Stiller plays a fame-hungry actor cast in a war movie, after previously playing a role as a mentally disabled character named simple jack. Co-star Robert Downey Junior says people have a right to protest, but he also says artists have a right to say and do what they want.
A DreamWorks spokesman says “no changes or cuts to the film will be made.”
edit: Over all, I think they should get over it/ don't watch it. Forest Gump wouldn't have thrown a fit like this.