Special Olympics Chairman Timothy P. Shriver is among those calling for a boycott of the film Tropic Thunder. Shriver is upset over the movie's repeated use of the word "retard". He's also urging Congress to pass a resolution labeling the film "hate speech" because he believes it openly ridicules the intellectually disabled.
Organized boycotts against movies rarely work and usually provide more publicity than intended.
Even though many people would find the word offensive or derogatory, its hard to believe it's hate speech. It's not something that is usually said with malice in mind and that's the difference between hate speech and something that is offensive.
Saw this movie last night and boy, I can see where they could get upset but they have to realize that the whole context of the movie is ridiculous and satirical. If anything they bring to light how "regular" Hollywood exploits disabled people in their movies.
Anyways, hilarious movie and Robert Downey Jr. steals the show.
The now classic TV sitcom "Married... with children" TV show was on the verge of being cancelled when a mishmash of protest groups (led by feminists and housewives I believe?) tried to get the show off the air.
Instead of the show being cancelled as was planned it ended up using that publicity to not only go on a 11(?) year run, but along with The Simpson's (another show with protestors in its past), managed to save/establish FOX and became the second longest running show of its generation (behind The Simpsons, at just under 300 episodes?).
Good work holier-than-thou types!
Southpark and Family Guy have ridden similar waves.
Advertising is so expensive these days I'm sure the producers were hoping for something like this. Generally when a movie offends large pockets of society I end up loving it. I guess this will have to be seen now.
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