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Aug. 19, 2008by: Sturdy

... back off of Tropic Thunder!
by Sturdy

When I went to see TROPIC THUNDER over the weekend, I had to walk through about a dozen or so people picketing the film. There were about six or seven ret…err…mentally handicapped individuals running around the front screaming inaudible words while their caregivers chased after them, holding signs. Instead of looking like a picket line, it looked like something out of a weird 80’s horror movie. I couldn’t help but laugh at the sight of seeing how pathetic people can be when they feel the need to picket a two hour film.


Give me a break.

Thunder isn’t the first film to see picket lines outside the theater. The first film I remember (keep in mind I’m not quite 30 yet) is Scorsese’s LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. Wow. I was just a wee lad when it came out, but I still remember Christian groups lining up down the street to picket that one. There were even reports of violence towards anyone that went to see it. But a lot of films have been picketed or boycotted by various religious groups. It seems every couple of years, a movie will come out that gets all the religious folk in the world in a tizzy.


My favorite “R” word is “radioimmunoelectrophoreses”

That is one of the reasons I find it odd that Thunder is being boycotted by the mentally handicapped. At the risk of being insensitive, please try to help me understand something. It’s my understanding that the truly mentally handicapped people in the world have a disability that prevents them from understanding and comprehending things a normal adult would. Right? So, are there really that many mentally handicapped people paying to go see TROPIC THUNDER and then demanding a refund because they’re so offended? Or is this boycott being led by people that aren’t actually handicapped? (the last question was rhetorical).


It’s nice to see Downey back to being funny.

After watching the film, I think Ben Stiller has pulled off the ultimate joke on these ridiculous groups that claim to be “offended”. Seriously, he has made a fool out of a lot of people. Hopefully, the more intelligent movie-going crowd realizes that the whole film is one big slam towards actors…right? Robert Downey Jr. isn’t making fun of black people, he’s making fun of actors that get obsessed with their roles. Jack Black isn’t making fun of fat people, he’s making fun of lame comedians that use the same schtick over and over despite the fact it hasn’t been funny for decades. Ben wasn’t making fun of the mentally handicapped; he was making fun of talentless action stars that try to do dramas. If anyone should be picketing the film, it should be the SAG because they’re the only ones that got attacked in the film.


Lighten up, it’s just a funny movie.

Overall, people need to lighten up. Stop putting malicious intent where there’s just an attempt (and huge success) to be funny. TROPIC THUNDER is a riot and it shouldn’t offend anyone, other than the aforementioned actors. Stop embarrassing yourself by standing outside an f’ing movie theater, hoping to feel better about your life. It’s…well…retarded.

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12:26AM on 08/21/2008
I'm sure the mentally challenged would like this film if their 'caretakers' let them see it.
I'm sure the mentally challenged would like this film if their 'caretakers' let them see it.
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9:16PM on 08/19/2008
Of course. Those asshole protesters do that all the time. Wierd thats its over Tropic Thunder.

"i'm against picketing, but i don't know how to show it...."

-Mitch Hedberg
Of course. Those asshole protesters do that all the time. Wierd thats its over Tropic Thunder.

"i'm against picketing, but i don't know how to show it...."

-Mitch Hedberg
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2:38PM on 08/19/2008

Idea for picketers...

If you don't like what you hear about a movie, don't see it. If you have friends will the same mindset, warn them about it.

BUT don't bother me. I don't know you. I don't care about you or your causes. I don't need to be lectured by strangers. I can make up my own mind pretty quickly about things.

And I never go full retard.
If you don't like what you hear about a movie, don't see it. If you have friends will the same mindset, warn them about it.

BUT don't bother me. I don't know you. I don't care about you or your causes. I don't need to be lectured by strangers. I can make up my own mind pretty quickly about things.

And I never go full retard.
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2:28PM on 08/19/2008
anyone who boycotts this film is an idiot. Hands down. I'm sorry. Tropic Thunder is a film about being to full of yourself. The mentally handicapped "jokes" are a stab at method acting.

Stop picketing fucking movies and stand up for real matters in the world. Like Health care, social security, and all the pointless wars going on. Yeah I'm talking about you Russia and Georgia.
anyone who boycotts this film is an idiot. Hands down. I'm sorry. Tropic Thunder is a film about being to full of yourself. The mentally handicapped "jokes" are a stab at method acting.

Stop picketing fucking movies and stand up for real matters in the world. Like Health care, social security, and all the pointless wars going on. Yeah I'm talking about you Russia and Georgia.
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1:49PM on 08/19/2008
Yeah I'm pretty sure these boycotts and pickets are lead by [link] of mentally handicapped people and they're just making said handicapped folks picket. That sort of exploitation is even more heinous than the supposed exploitation in the movie.
Yeah I'm pretty sure these boycotts and pickets are lead by [link] of mentally handicapped people and they're just making said handicapped folks picket. That sort of exploitation is even more heinous than the supposed exploitation in the movie.
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1:19PM on 08/19/2008
I once saw a kid with down syndrome yelling on a cell phone. And when he finished he said to his buddy "people are fuckin retards". I didn't know how to react to that. I later laughed out of nowhere.
I once saw a kid with down syndrome yelling on a cell phone. And when he finished he said to his buddy "people are fuckin retards". I didn't know how to react to that. I later laughed out of nowhere.
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1:03PM on 08/19/2008
These people need to get a life.
These people need to get a life.
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12:54PM on 08/19/2008

"We don't negotiate with terrorists"

I agree with Big Bri. And I know that John C. McGinley would too. Actually, if Ben Stiller ever ran across Mr. McGinley in a Starbucks, I would fear for Mr. Stiller's life.
(dannyschmanny) At least the Farrelly Bros. hire mentally/physically challenged people and give them roles in movies that would otherwise go to poor starving actors/extras.
The movie was funny as hell.
I agree with Big Bri. And I know that John C. McGinley would too. Actually, if Ben Stiller ever ran across Mr. McGinley in a Starbucks, I would fear for Mr. Stiller's life.
(dannyschmanny) At least the Farrelly Bros. hire mentally/physically challenged people and give them roles in movies that would otherwise go to poor starving actors/extras.
The movie was funny as hell.
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12:47PM on 08/19/2008

BRAVO

Very good. I loved this column.
Very good. I loved this column.
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12:42PM on 08/19/2008

Oh dear

This sorta reminds me of a story about 2 priest and a film called the passion of st. tibilus.
"Down with that sort of thing!!!"
"Careful now"
This sorta reminds me of a story about 2 priest and a film called the passion of st. tibilus.
"Down with that sort of thing!!!"
"Careful now"
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12:16PM on 08/19/2008
I think it is pretty obvious that the point of the picketing is not to actually stop or edit the movie but to draw attention to the picketers point of view.
I think it is pretty obvious that the point of the picketing is not to actually stop or edit the movie but to draw attention to the picketers point of view.
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12:14PM on 08/19/2008

serious...

yea i dont get any of the protesting either. first off SEE the film if you are going to protest it. the mentally handicap stuff has nothing to do with mocking or making fun of handicapped individuals. and how right was that statement about all the protesters not actually being handicapped themselves. and then they have a bunch of kids that arent old enough to see the movie protesting. what is THAT about? that just shows that not only are there people who either are too dumb to understand the
yea i dont get any of the protesting either. first off SEE the film if you are going to protest it. the mentally handicap stuff has nothing to do with mocking or making fun of handicapped individuals. and how right was that statement about all the protesters not actually being handicapped themselves. and then they have a bunch of kids that arent old enough to see the movie protesting. what is THAT about? that just shows that not only are there people who either are too dumb to understand the movie or havent seen it protesting, but that they are going to exploit their children who also havent seen the film to further their idiotic means.

Really funny movie by the way. Main big cameo was hilarious. didnt know that man COULD be funny.
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12:13PM on 08/19/2008
I am of two minds on this. I agree that the picketing and protesting misses the point and is a little bit of political correctness gone wild. As George Carlin pointed out anything in the right context can be funny so long as it is not done in a mean-spirited way. However, I have a severely handicapped nephew and I understand why the parents and family members of those with mental handicaps would be upset. It does not matter if the handicapped themselves get the significance of the debate. It is
I am of two minds on this. I agree that the picketing and protesting misses the point and is a little bit of political correctness gone wild. As George Carlin pointed out anything in the right context can be funny so long as it is not done in a mean-spirited way. However, I have a severely handicapped nephew and I understand why the parents and family members of those with mental handicaps would be upset. It does not matter if the handicapped themselves get the significance of the debate. It is the family that has the responsibility of speaking up for the dignity of those who cannot represent themselves.
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12:09PM on 08/19/2008
I think this has been said already, but it is just painfully obvious that none of these protesters even bothered to see the film that "offends" them so much. Maybe it's just me, but if there's something in a movie that offends me, I usually have to SEE the thing first in order to get offended. But all these protesters must have some wicked sixth sense that goes off whenever someone makes fun of disabled people.

Except, and not to sound like a broken record here but maybe saying it one more
I think this has been said already, but it is just painfully obvious that none of these protesters even bothered to see the film that "offends" them so much. Maybe it's just me, but if there's something in a movie that offends me, I usually have to SEE the thing first in order to get offended. But all these protesters must have some wicked sixth sense that goes off whenever someone makes fun of disabled people.

Except, and not to sound like a broken record here but maybe saying it one more time will knock some sense into these people, THEY'RE NOT MAKING FUN OF THE MENTALLY CHALLENGED!!!! I have a cousin who's autistic, but did I get offended? No. Do you see me boycotting the movie? Hell no! It was hilarious! Maybe because I have enough reasoning and intelligence to understand that the movie is poking fun at Hollywood and the pampered actors that overwhelm it. Seriously people.

But, at the same time, it's like Downey Jr. said in regards to the picketers at the premiere. He said something like it's their right to picket and stand up for what they believe in, but it was also their right (meaning himself, the other actors, crew etc. on the movie) as artists to say and do what they want. I'm all for people voicing their opinion and fighting for what they believe in, but not when it's horribly misguided like this folk.
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11:59AM on 08/19/2008

Completly Overblown

This is completely overblown for a concept that appears on-screen for maybe 10 minutes tops in the movie.

Did these people forget about Matt Dillon in "There's Something About Mary"? I don't seem to recall anybody standing on their soap boxes outside of a theater when he made his "goofy bastards" speech. If any of these people even saw the film and heard RDJ explaining to Ben Stiller why you don't do that, they probably would have just been like, "...oh...."
This is completely overblown for a concept that appears on-screen for maybe 10 minutes tops in the movie.

Did these people forget about Matt Dillon in "There's Something About Mary"? I don't seem to recall anybody standing on their soap boxes outside of a theater when he made his "goofy bastards" speech. If any of these people even saw the film and heard RDJ explaining to Ben Stiller why you don't do that, they probably would have just been like, "...oh...."
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11:27AM on 08/19/2008
i think the biggest flaw in picketing or calling for a boycott on something is this. first it brings more attention to whatever it is their pist about then it had before they were complaining. secondly, especially for a movie, it gets the people who like to go to movies, but might not know what they want to see that weekend a movie to see. hey lets go see that movie that everyones so pissed about.

i had mild interest in seeing Tropic, but know i cant wait.

when will people learn that,
i think the biggest flaw in picketing or calling for a boycott on something is this. first it brings more attention to whatever it is their pist about then it had before they were complaining. secondly, especially for a movie, it gets the people who like to go to movies, but might not know what they want to see that weekend a movie to see. hey lets go see that movie that everyones so pissed about.

i had mild interest in seeing Tropic, but know i cant wait.

when will people learn that, if you pick at the scab it will take longer to go away, but if you ignore it, it will come and go.
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11:17AM on 08/19/2008

These people are funny

When will people realize that if you don't like something, leave it alone. All they're doing is making sure the movie gets an extra $50 Mill at the BO. Now people that had never heard of the movie will want to go see what all the noise is about. Way to go protesters!
When will people realize that if you don't like something, leave it alone. All they're doing is making sure the movie gets an extra $50 Mill at the BO. Now people that had never heard of the movie will want to go see what all the noise is about. Way to go protesters!
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11:15AM on 08/19/2008
Great commentary.

The big problem with people who picket films is that most of the NEVER see the film to begin with. All these protests come from ignorance of the actual facts. Same with Last Temptation...the film was great and was nothing like what they were picketing about......these people need to get a life and get informed.
Great commentary.

The big problem with people who picket films is that most of the NEVER see the film to begin with. All these protests come from ignorance of the actual facts. Same with Last Temptation...the film was great and was nothing like what they were picketing about......these people need to get a life and get informed.
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10:58AM on 08/19/2008

That's so stupid

These people need to get a job. Do something else. Read a book. Why standing against a movie.

They did this against "Passion Of The Christ".

These people have no other subject.

These people need to get a job. Do something else. Read a book. Why standing against a movie.

They did this against "Passion Of The Christ".

These people have no other subject.

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10:28AM on 08/19/2008
duh-duh-duh-dat m-movie was fffffuny.
duh-duh-duh-dat m-movie was fffffuny.
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9:35AM on 08/19/2008
You're certainly right that too much negative emphasis is given to about ten minutes of screen time. However, I think a better C'MON HOLLYWOOD would be directed towards Ben Stiller or the critics who have lately fallen ass over heels for mediocrity just because its the summer. TROPIC THUNDER is DEREK ZOOLANDER GOES TO WAR, not some askewed version of THE PLAYER/ SPINAL TAP thats being promoted. The film starts off good enough with the fake trailers and on-set quarrel, then abruptly scraps the
You're certainly right that too much negative emphasis is given to about ten minutes of screen time. However, I think a better C'MON HOLLYWOOD would be directed towards Ben Stiller or the critics who have lately fallen ass over heels for mediocrity just because its the summer. TROPIC THUNDER is DEREK ZOOLANDER GOES TO WAR, not some askewed version of THE PLAYER/ SPINAL TAP thats being promoted. The film starts off good enough with the fake trailers and on-set quarrel, then abruptly scraps the idea for some bad obnoxious Will Farrell comedy. Stiller had the ability, tools to make a great film and squandered it for cheap laughs. I was hoping this film bombed but unfortunately people dont care about quality anymore.
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8:54AM on 08/19/2008
Okay, I'm not trying to be mean, here, but... in the second picture up there, with the girls holding the signs, and the kid on the right holding the sign that says, "Respect is my favorite R-word"... is that the kid from "The Grudge"? 'Cause I swear that's the kid from "The Grudge"! Did somebody paste the Grudge's ghost-kid over a real kid? 'Cause that's him! It's giving me the creeps.

So, what, did the protesters get that ghost-kid to haunt the picket line, so as to show that they
Okay, I'm not trying to be mean, here, but... in the second picture up there, with the girls holding the signs, and the kid on the right holding the sign that says, "Respect is my favorite R-word"... is that the kid from "The Grudge"? 'Cause I swear that's the kid from "The Grudge"! Did somebody paste the Grudge's ghost-kid over a real kid? 'Cause that's him! It's giving me the creeps.

So, what, did the protesters get that ghost-kid to haunt the picket line, so as to show that they really have a... grudge against this movie?! Eh? I mean, seriously, look at that! That kid is a... dead ringer for the Grudge kid. Don't ya think? Dead ringer? ha. haha. haHAHAHA! Where do I come up with them?!
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8:25AM on 08/19/2008

Full Retards!!

I enjoyed Tropic Thunder. In my opinion, it was hugely over hyped but it was still funny.

All these protesters should really see the movie and judge for themselves. They are simply mindless drones protesting for the sake of protesting! Nothing else!!

Remember, never go Full Retard!!!
I enjoyed Tropic Thunder. In my opinion, it was hugely over hyped but it was still funny.

All these protesters should really see the movie and judge for themselves. They are simply mindless drones protesting for the sake of protesting! Nothing else!!

Remember, never go Full Retard!!!
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7:57AM on 08/19/2008

What a waste of time

I think there are better ways to spend your time than protesting a movie. It's a movie - get it? It's NOT real! The film was awesome and doesn't deserve this negative press.
I think there are better ways to spend your time than protesting a movie. It's a movie - get it? It's NOT real! The film was awesome and doesn't deserve this negative press.
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