People are pissed about Tropic Thunder’s repeated use of "retard", saying the term is offensive to retards. They’re even threatening some kind of retarded boycott.
“Not only might it happen, it will happen,” Timothy P. Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, said of the expected push for a boycott. Speaking by phone, Mr. Shriver said he planned to be in Los Angeles with representatives of his group and others to picket the movie’s premiere on Monday evening in this city’s Westwood district.
Mr. Shriver said that he had also begun to ask members of Congress for a resolution condemning what he called the movie’s “hate speech” and calling for stronger federal support of the intellectually disabled.
“The most disappointing thing, the most incredible thing, is that nobody caught it,” said Mr. Shriver, who, as a co-producer of the DreamWorks film “Amistad,” is no stranger to the studio. He spoke of what he described as the studio’s and the filmmakers’ blatant disregard for the disabled even as they stepped carefully around other potentially offensive references, notably in a story line that has Robert Downey Jr. playing a white actor who changes his skin color to play a black soldier.
At times like these, it’s a good thing retards have Tim Shriver to fight for them. People are already calling him "The Ghandi of Retards", "Martin Luther King Retard," and "The Retard Whisperer."
Over the weekend an ad-hoc coalition of more than a dozen disabilities groups — including the Arc of the United States, the National Down Syndrome Congress, the American Association of People With Disabilities and others — laid the groundwork for public protests to begin Monday.
“I came out feeling like I had been assaulted,” said David C. Tolleson, executive director of the Down syndrome group who saw the movie. [NyTimes]
Hey, David, that wasn’t the movie, that was millions of people desperately wanting to punch you. "Retarded" means "slow." Whether used as an insult or to refer to an actual retarded person, it’s actually pretty accurate. Do the retards mind being called retard? I’m guessing not. Even a retard knows that not calling him a retard isn’t going to make him not a retard.
On a related note I’d really like to remake RoboCop with an all-retard cast. It could be called Full Metal Retard.