Say It Aint So! Tropic Thunder Censored?

The PC Brigade is at it again, their target Ben Stiller’s new movie Tropic Thunder. The movie is about a group of actors who are filming a war movie on location in a combat zone and wind up being captured by guerrillas.

The cause of the controversy is Stiller’s character, Tugg Speedman, who in a bid for an Oscar did a movie called “Simple Jack” about a man who was, uh, mentally challenged. It’s tagline, “Once upon a time…there was a retard.” The producers decided to launch a companion website with clips from the ‘film within a film’ and intersperse clips throughout the movie. Though intended to be a parody of how actors portray disabilities in successful bids to win Oscars, the joke was lost on disability activists.

Patricia Bower posted on her website that activists are upset because retarded people, “share a history of segregation and exclusion, and report that what many call the “R-word” reinforces negative social attitudes just as surely as racial, ethnic, and sexually oriented slurs do.”

Peter V. Berns, director of the developmental disabilities activist group The Arc of the United States, wants to screen the movie because it is “a cause of great concern. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had a lot of pejorative labels assigned to them over the years. I’d like to think that we as a society are getting past that, but we are seeing one after the other examples that this is not the case.”

Personally I think this whole controversy is a case of Political Correctness gone mad. While everyone sympathizes with the plight of the disabled, people need to lighten up and take a joke. The movie is not encouraging people to run out and harass the disabled it’s parodying how for actors playing the retarded is regarded as critical acclaim. I am Sam is closer to a stereotype than this. You know going in that the character of Simple Jack is going to be an exaggeration and is not meant to portray a group as a whole. If anybody actually believes this portrayal is representative of the disabled then they probably should be sterilized.

I have ADD and the disorder has become the subject of parody. Am I offended? Not at all, it’s humor and what is humor but laughing at another’s calamities? So go see the movie, laugh for the two hours, and return to reality. But if you’re one of those who are offended, just don’t see it. But you’d be retarded not to…

3 thoughts on “Say It Aint So! Tropic Thunder Censored?”

  1. I agree with you Todd. If someone doesn't like the content in a movie/song/show then they should simply not watch it and or not let their kids watch it. I’ve got a novel idea…If you find something offensive don’t involve it in your life! Don’t set out on a mission to destroy something other people may enjoy, especially when it causes no physical harm to anyone or anything. I say physical because there is always someone who will complain about something. Bottom line, don’t like it? Don’t watch it.

    It is because of people like this that a woman has to fear that she can’t do what she wants with her body, the government says what we can and can’t put in our bodies, it is illegal for me to help a loved one who is in pain every waking minute to end their suffering, allow an 18 year old to go and die in a war, but won’t let them have a beer. I can keep going, but the further I go, the more I get pissed off that these prude people are allowed to try to tell me what I can and cannot do.

    I don't know who these people think they are, trying to censor what we can and can't see/hear/laugh at, but they need to get off their high fucking horse. I am an adult and if I want to go see a movie that has a hilarious portrayal of someone that is retarded (yeah, PC is BS) then, I will go see it, laugh and go home.

    I’m done after this…

    If you see a child (retarded or not) coming down the escalator at the mall and tries to jump over the grating, but face plants, isn’t your first reaction to laugh? I know mine is, then shortly after I worry if the kid is alright, but I still got those few seconds of enjoyment at someone else’s expense…I must be a bad person for laughing, eh?

  2. Before someone gets up-in-arms about it, i wanted to address the military/drinking thing. It's my understanding that soldiers who are under 21 are allowed to drink alcohol ON a military base. **However, people who would rebut your point simply fail to recognize that the government is saying that an 18 year old has the opportunity and faculties to DECIDE whether or not he/she wants to potentially die for their country (or their government), but lacks the capability to DECIDE whether or not to drink.
    It's pretty ridiculous. Moving On-

    The fact that people are so sensitive and offended by such material (Simple Jack) is ironic. If someone calls a fat person "fat", they're likely to be offended and potentially upset (obviously personality and maturity play roles in this response). If you were to call a skinny person "fat", then they probably wouldn't care because it's simply not the case.
    People (individually) are offended when an insult (substantiated or… not) hits close to home.
    Acknowledging something's offensiveness is borderline conceding authenticity. This obviously doesn't mean that ignoring it disproves it, but why would you want to call so much attention to something like that?
    Todd & Bluto are right on. We have it too easy, in the US, if we have so much time and energy that we just sit around and wait for something to get upset about.
    Personally, I've been diagnosed with a slew of psychiatric disorders that are looked down upon. I hear jokes about ADD (often hilarious) or how it's such a bunk disorder.
    People attribute raging psychopaths and people with severe personality disorders to "bi-polar disorder", which is like saying that anyone over 200 lbs is fat. I don't get offended, and I certainly don't bother arguing with them. "You think people with bi-polar disorder are crazy? Well, I'll show you that you're wrong by getting pissed off about it!"
    Well, I guess i've written enough.

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