This story has been making the rounds lately and it seemed like time that the Geeks of Doom chimed in with some soft and chewy opinion of our own on the matter.
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, it goes a little something like this: Tropic Thunder comes out this week, and even though it’s a movie people have been aware of, read about, seen pictures and footage of, and there’s even been 250 test screenings; and only now have people found something to bitch about with the Ben Stiller-directed film — stating that it has insulting humor toward people with mental disabilities.
Seeing as how I’ve yet to see the film, I don’t know how much of this goes on, but apparently there’s a heavy dosage of humor that involves the touchy subject and this has angered a large group of people. From what I’ve read, this is all concentrated mainly at a small spoof within the movie about Stiller’s character — a high-paid action star named Tugg Speedman — takes on the role of mentally impaired farmhand in a movie called Simply Jack so that he could be taken more seriously as an actor. A few folks here at Geeks of Doom did attend a preview screening of Tropic Thunder and they told me that several times in movie, the Jack character is referred to as “retard,” but that the joke wasn’t aimed at the mentally handicapped, but at actors who portray mentally challenged people in an effort to obtain Oscar gold (say, like Sean Penn in I Am Sam).
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