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Old August 11 2008, 08:51 PM   #1
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Advocates for disabled to protest "Tropic Thunder"

Saw this on Yahoo:

Advocates for disabled to protest "Tropic Thunder":
Groups that advocate for the disabled called on Sunday for a national boycott of the Ben Stiller comedy "Tropic Thunder," citing what they say is its negative portrayal of people with intellectual disabilities.


"We are asking people not to go to the movie and hope to bring a consciousness to people about using derogatory words about this population," said Peter Wheeler, spokesman for Special Olympics, one of 22 disability groups nationwide protesting the satire.
The film, directed by Stiller, will be released on Wednesday by Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and its DreamWorks unit. [CONTINUED]
So do you think this will have any effect on the film?
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Old August 11 2008, 10:35 PM   #2
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While I will not be seeing it, it is for entirely other reasons. None of the cast nor the director are a draw to me. I however hope this does not affect it or it's success. If art had to bow down to every pressure group that came along, nothing would ever get done.

Can you imagine the mess it would be if Star Trek XI had to meet the wants of everybody on this board alone? LOL
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Old August 11 2008, 11:01 PM   #3
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I don't think it will affect it too much. I saw a screening of the movie a couple of weeks ago and thought it was great. What specific part of the movie are they protesting as inappropriate? I can't think of any situation where they picked on the disabled.
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Old August 11 2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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I guess they're offended by Tug Speedman's "Simple Jack" and how Tropic Thunder points out the kind of mentally retarded roles actors play that the Oscars wet themselves over.
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Old August 11 2008, 11:20 PM   #5
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I guess they're offended by Tug Speedman's "Simple Jack" and how Tropic Thunder points out the kind of mentally retarded roles actors play that the Oscars wet themselves over.
Apparently there is a part in the trailer where they call him "retard" that's their major problem.

The movie sees Stiller playing actor Tugg Speedman, who takes on the role of Simple Jack, a mentally handicapped man. One promotional clip for the movie sees the character referred to as a "retard".

Activists have claimed that the language constitutes "hate speech" and initially called for a boycott of the movie.
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Old August 11 2008, 11:30 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, duh, I'm surprised I didn't remember that. I could see how some might be offended by that part of the movie, but I thought it was all pretty hilarious. I don't think a big deal should be made of it though. Just don't go see the movie if you think it's so offensive.
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Oh yeah, duh, I'm surprised I didn't remember that. I could see how some might be offended by that part of the movie, but I thought it was all pretty hilarious. I don't think a big deal should be made of it though. Just don't go see the movie if you think it's so offensive.
I'm with you, I couldn't give a shit about it, and I attended a special needs school. Besides, how does calling him a retard become any more offensive than the million other times you hear it in movies and TV shows?
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Saw this on Yahoo:

Advocates for disabled to protest "Tropic Thunder":
Groups that advocate for the disabled called on Sunday for a national boycott of the Ben Stiller comedy "Tropic Thunder," citing what they say is its negative portrayal of people with intellectual disabilities.


"We are asking people not to go to the movie and hope to bring a consciousness to people about using derogatory words about this population," said Peter Wheeler, spokesman for Special Olympics, one of 22 disability groups nationwide protesting the satire.
The film, directed by Stiller, will be released on Wednesday by Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and its DreamWorks unit. [CONTINUED]
So do you think this will have any effect on the film?
... Wait what?
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Old August 11 2008, 11:54 PM   #9
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I guess they're offended by Tug Speedman's "Simple Jack" and how Tropic Thunder points out the kind of mentally retarded roles actors play that the Oscars wet themselves over.
Do they point that out? Good on them because that shit is ridiculous.
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Old August 12 2008, 12:17 AM   #10
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^Yeah, they do, and it's pretty funny. And so true!
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Old August 12 2008, 12:28 AM   #11
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Bunch of retards.
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Old August 12 2008, 12:37 AM   #12
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I read somewhere too that Downey Jr. is worried about the NAACP because he plays and African American in this film.
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Old August 12 2008, 12:49 AM   #13
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I read somewhere too that Downey Jr. is worried about the NAACP because he plays and African American in this film.
I'll have to see if I can dig it up, but I had heard that many black folks loved RDJ's performance in this and that Stiller even screened it for the NAACP.

I suspect if the NAACP had any real problems with it we would've heard from them by now.
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Old August 12 2008, 12:50 AM   #14
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^^The actual African American character in the film doesn't fail to point out the absurdity of Robert Downey Jr's role.

You know, the more I think about it, the more I think this is the kind of film that anyone who is easily offended about any topic should not see. It's a little more risque than Ben Stiller's past films.
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^^The actual African American character in the film doesn't fail to point out the absurdity of Robert Downey Jr's role.

You know, the more I think about it, the more I think this is the kind of film that anyone who is easily offended about any topic should not see. It's a little more risque than Ben Stiller's past films.
Yeah. There's that and it's just thar RDJ is just simply awesome at it.



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