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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Boycott Tropic Thunder

I must admit, I don't usually pay much attention to the happenings in the entertainment industry. I mean, c'mon, there are only so many Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, & Lindsay Lohen stories I can take. All kinds of people have drug problems, get thrown in jail, and lose custody of their children every day. So rarely do I get too upset about anything that is going on in the Hollywood scene. My movie experiences in the last few years are limited to such flicks as Alvin & the Chipmunks and Happy Feet. But I have to tell you, the information I have read about a new movie coming out really has my blood boiling. This movie is called Tropic Thunder, starring Ben Stiller. From my understanding, the whole point of the movie is to poke fun at physically & mentally disabled individuals. This does not fly with me. As the mother of a disabled child, I am outraged. Apparently Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures have already taken a bunch of flack about this movie but were unwilling to change anything about it. Oh, wait, they have stopped releasing some of the available souveniers for sale. Wow, what a step forward for the mentally challenged. Some of the t-shirts that are available sport phrases from the movie, with the "R" word on them plain as day. If someone decides to wear one of these disgusting shirts, they had better hope they don't meet me on the street. So on behalf of Joey and other adults and children that struggle with physical and mental challenges every day of their lives, please do not see this movie. My last comment is addressed to Mr. Stiller, Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures and anyone else affiliated with this movie: Obviously, none of you have had your lives touched by a person with special needs. I feel sorry for you because you have missed out on a lot. Come on over and call my son names and make fun of him to his face. That would be freakin' hilarious.

The R Word Campaign


  1. I just added the button to my blog sidebar. The word isn't funny at all.

    Great post.

  2. Yep, sad. I've been all over this. Thanks for adding your voice.

  3. Ben Stiller has a track record of doing anything for a laugh... (i'm thinking Heartbreak Kid, yuck)


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