My soap box today is regarding a new movie coming out soon. See below:
(This is from the website of the Special Olympics)
Normally our "Breaking News" is used to inform you of wonderful developments in our organization. But today is different.
This week, "Tropic Thunder," a DreamWorks production starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and several other Hollywood actors, will open in movie theaters nationwide.
"Tropic Thunder" has been marketed as a satire about Hollywood actors and the movie industry in general. It is intended to be an adult comedy - with crass jokes and scenes to make moviegoers laugh.
We here at Special Olympics are not laughing.
In "Tropic Thunder," there is a movie-within-the movie called "Simple Jack...Once upon a time there was a retard" where Ben Stiller plays a simple man with intellectual disability. Both "Tropic Thunder" and "Simple Jack" contain extremely offensive material promoting the idea that a "retard" is funny. This theme runs throughout the film and occurs on numerous occasions.
While we are offended that the movie contains this hurtful material, we also see the release of "Tropic Thunder" as a rare opportunity to address the much needed abuse of the "R-word" in society. Special Olympics has decided to lead an effort to publicly address this language and the negative attitudes and behaviors associated with the use of the pejorative "retard."
The R-word is dehumanizing and demeaning to the 200 million people around the world who have intellectual disabilities. Hollywood and "Tropic Thunder" use and abuse the R-word, encouraging behavior that continues to demean a portion of our population who already face many challenges.
We are therefore encouraging a national boycott of "Tropic Thunder" and asking people to be fans of dignity by not seeing this film.
If we can hurt the ticket sales, we will have made a statement to Hollywood that we will not stand for this brand of malicious content.
For full details on this issue, daily updates on the boycott efforts, and 12 things you can do to support this boycott and bring an end to the use of the "R-word," visit our website now!
Thank you for being a fan of Special Olympics and human dignity,
Special Olympics Florida
Pledge to not use the "R word"
Go to our website now for more info and daily updates
Watch the "R-word" video on-line
****I know that PW uses that term when she talks about her brother. That is her brother and she is speaking only about him. If that is a "term of endearment" within her family & Mike is fine with it, I can't falt her for using it. I don't think she means it as a "bad word" about persons with a disability.
I'm sharing this information for you to read and make your own choice.
Stepping down now.