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Aug. 11, 2008by: Mike Sampson

If you're getting ready to see TROPIC THUNDER this week (and you damn well should be), get ready to nudge past some picketers on your way to the theater lobby. After some brouhaha last week about "Simple Jack" (a movie within TROPIC THUNDER), a coalition of disabilities groups announced this weekend a nationwide protest of THUNDER. Executives from the National Down Syndrome Coalition saw a screening of the film on Thursday and executive director David C. Tolleson said, “I came out feeling like I had been assaulted." Well I felt that way as well but only because my stomach hurt from laughing so hard. I'm guessing Mr. Tolleson wasn't hurting for the same reason. In addition the chairman of the Special Olympics is trying to use this platform to get Congress to pass legislation that would have use of the word "retard" considered hate speech. But one of the groups protesting - ARC, the Association for Retarded Citizens - has "retard" in its title. Odd, I know. Lucky for us the removal of the "Simple Jack" website is about as far as DreamWorks and Paramount are willing to go. DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan (a good guy) said, "No changes or cuts to the film will be made.” You tell 'em Chip! How anyone can see this movie and think that it's poking fun at retarded disabled people and not at the actors who are so self-absorbed to think that using those disabilities for their own gain is a good idea. But I digress. Censorship sucks and it's ridiculous that people still think they can get away with it through political muscle. Congratulations DreamWorks/Paramount for not backing down.

Extra Tidbit: Remember folks - never go full retard.
Source: New York Times

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4:41PM on 08/12/2008

no sense of hummor any more

We can poke fun at blacks, whites, all other races. Stereotype gay men/women. Make fun of fat people, skinny people(for reference look at family guy)

As long as everyone is getting equal "play" as well as no one singled out....who cares?

Just laugh....it's good for you....jeez no one has a sense of humor any more?
We can poke fun at blacks, whites, all other races. Stereotype gay men/women. Make fun of fat people, skinny people(for reference look at family guy)

As long as everyone is getting equal "play" as well as no one singled out....who cares?

Just laugh....it's good for you....jeez no one has a sense of humor any more?
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4:38AM on 08/12/2008
They have to understand that Ben Stiller isn't making fun of the mentally disabled. I think it's more aimed at Hollywood and its stars who often star in overly dramatic movies as disabled people. See: I Am Sam.
They have to understand that Ben Stiller isn't making fun of the mentally disabled. I think it's more aimed at Hollywood and its stars who often star in overly dramatic movies as disabled people. See: I Am Sam.
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12:40AM on 08/12/2008

have u seen my baseball?

jesus h...lighten up, francis!! i s'pose it was o.k to make fun of them in something about mary, hey, wait a minute, stiller was in that too...(shakes fist in air)STILLER !!!!

come on kiddies,go protest the war or something, and not a flick making fun of actors. stiller is comedic genius.

what next, bring up zoolanders lack of brain cells? (waves fist in air again)STILLER !!!!! and f.u. to the studio for bowing to a couple of people wanting the site taken down, now i need to wait for the
jesus h...lighten up, francis!! i s'pose it was o.k to make fun of them in something about mary, hey, wait a minute, stiller was in that too...(shakes fist in air)STILLER !!!!

come on kiddies,go protest the war or something, and not a flick making fun of actors. stiller is comedic genius.

what next, bring up zoolanders lack of brain cells? (waves fist in air again)STILLER !!!!! and f.u. to the studio for bowing to a couple of people wanting the site taken down, now i need to wait for the dvd to see the damn thing, you retards...
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3:26PM on 08/11/2008
Wow I bet it has nothing to do with all the free publicity that they are now receiving. Honestly will they even realize that the movie is making fun of them?
Wow I bet it has nothing to do with all the free publicity that they are now receiving. Honestly will they even realize that the movie is making fun of them?
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2:23PM on 08/11/2008
Ha ha. Angry retards.
Ha ha. Angry retards.
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2:02PM on 08/11/2008
so that episode of south park where they are BLATANTLY making fun of the special olympics and retards in general is ok? but this isn't? i think these people are more retarded than the actual people with the disability.
so that episode of south park where they are BLATANTLY making fun of the special olympics and retards in general is ok? but this isn't? i think these people are more retarded than the actual people with the disability.
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1:58PM on 08/11/2008
So we can make fun of everyone else but you, Down Syndrome Group? Fuck you.

"Remember what the MPAA says: Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!" -- South Park
So we can make fun of everyone else but you, Down Syndrome Group? Fuck you.

"Remember what the MPAA says: Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!" -- South Park
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1:41PM on 08/11/2008
Not sure if someone else mentioned this, but the organization has a problem with a small depiction of the handicapped (i'm sure it doesn't occupy that much of the movie) but Robert Downey Jr. in blackface for a majority of the film is fine by them?
Not sure if someone else mentioned this, but the organization has a problem with a small depiction of the handicapped (i'm sure it doesn't occupy that much of the movie) but Robert Downey Jr. in blackface for a majority of the film is fine by them?
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1:36PM on 08/11/2008

Careful

Never say disabled people, you say "people with disabilities." It's way too hard to be PC.
Never say disabled people, you say "people with disabilities." It's way too hard to be PC.
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1:35PM on 08/11/2008
Heh heh ... hee ... heheheheheh ... bwaHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Heh heh ... hee ... heheheheheh ... bwaHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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12:45PM on 08/11/2008
In psychology, we use the term retarded. As far as I know, we are the only group who officially use the term to describe people with disabilities. There was even a huge fight in a class last year when people who were offended that a professor described someone as being retarded. It seems like a ridiculous thing.
In psychology, we use the term retarded. As far as I know, we are the only group who officially use the term to describe people with disabilities. There was even a huge fight in a class last year when people who were offended that a professor described someone as being retarded. It seems like a ridiculous thing.
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12:27PM on 08/11/2008
dammit George Carlin where are you!? We need you man! Can't wait for this movie!
dammit George Carlin where are you!? We need you man! Can't wait for this movie!
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12:11PM on 08/11/2008
Some people need to remove the stick from their asses. Even with all the protestors picketing around my local theater, makes me wanna see it even more now.
Some people need to remove the stick from their asses. Even with all the protestors picketing around my local theater, makes me wanna see it even more now.
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11:46AM on 08/11/2008

Booo-urns

I'll decide how offensive this is the same way i decide everything else... is it funny or not?

No one is joke-proof. if it's offensive, my liberal New york City audience will let me know in seconds.
I'll decide how offensive this is the same way i decide everything else... is it funny or not?

No one is joke-proof. if it's offensive, my liberal New york City audience will let me know in seconds.
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11:29AM on 08/11/2008
Ofcoarse Dreamworks doesnt care about these protesters...with a comedy like this or Team America you want it to be as offensive as you can...these protesters are probably looked at like free advertising and they dont even realize it.
Ofcoarse Dreamworks doesnt care about these protesters...with a comedy like this or Team America you want it to be as offensive as you can...these protesters are probably looked at like free advertising and they dont even realize it.
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11:17AM on 08/11/2008

Turn the Sensitivity Level WAY Down!

Some people just need to calm down. Just because one person got offended, he has to go and try to get other people to not see it. I hate these type of people.

Voice your opinion, sure. If you don't want to go see the movie, don't. And in his case, don't go see it again.

Some peeps are just way to sensitive and need to CTFD! Humor is there to make us laugh, and make light situations that are otherwise not. I'm sure if I have black, gay and religious friends that absolutely love
Some people just need to calm down. Just because one person got offended, he has to go and try to get other people to not see it. I hate these type of people.

Voice your opinion, sure. If you don't want to go see the movie, don't. And in his case, don't go see it again.

Some peeps are just way to sensitive and need to CTFD! Humor is there to make us laugh, and make light situations that are otherwise not. I'm sure if I have black, gay and religious friends that absolutely love South Park and Family Guy, that there are other people out there who are calm and have a sense of freakin' humor!

There is hope for these type of people... just not much.
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10:58AM on 08/11/2008

sheesh!

what retards.
what retards.
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10:52AM on 08/11/2008
this is just spoiling the movies goods to the people that have not seen it. but i was cracking up with the simple jack segment when i saw it.
this is just spoiling the movies goods to the people that have not seen it. but i was cracking up with the simple jack segment when i saw it.
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10:46AM on 08/11/2008
people should learn to differentiate between "feeling like I had been assaulted" and "I have been assaulted". That's the thin red line that a healthy censorship should follow.
people should learn to differentiate between "feeling like I had been assaulted" and "I have been assaulted". That's the thin red line that a healthy censorship should follow.
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10:42AM on 08/11/2008
Im suprised NAACP hasnt attacked the film for RDJ's performance. True its satire but that orginization can be a tad upitty when "people" mock thier "people"
Im suprised NAACP hasnt attacked the film for RDJ's performance. True its satire but that orginization can be a tad upitty when "people" mock thier "people"
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10:39AM on 08/11/2008
I think the real answer to this is simple. Give Tolleson this ultimatum: If he can convince congress to make a law and pass it that considers saying retard a hate speech then he can have his law but if congress tells him no, he has to wear a shirt that says "Plz pay atention to me. Im weetodid." Granted he would probably never agree to it but if he did it sure would be funny to laugh at someone who is so politically correct looking like such an idiot.
I think the real answer to this is simple. Give Tolleson this ultimatum: If he can convince congress to make a law and pass it that considers saying retard a hate speech then he can have his law but if congress tells him no, he has to wear a shirt that says "Plz pay atention to me. Im weetodid." Granted he would probably never agree to it but if he did it sure would be funny to laugh at someone who is so politically correct looking like such an idiot.
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10:36AM on 08/11/2008

Playing Devil's advocate

I would point out that while "retarded" is completely PC, folks who simply refer to them as "retards" are using an improper form of the word generally reserved for telling someone you think they're stupid, usually when they aren't actually disabled.

Now, that aside, I am completely in favor of DreamWorks sticking to their guns and not making cuts. A movie like this is supposed to be irreverent and offensive, it's part of where the humor comes from.

If anything, we should be pissed at the
I would point out that while "retarded" is completely PC, folks who simply refer to them as "retards" are using an improper form of the word generally reserved for telling someone you think they're stupid, usually when they aren't actually disabled.

Now, that aside, I am completely in favor of DreamWorks sticking to their guns and not making cuts. A movie like this is supposed to be irreverent and offensive, it's part of where the humor comes from.

If anything, we should be pissed at the ARC for not jumping on more movies for improper use of the word. In fact, I think they oughta apologize for all those movies they DIDN'T picket for making fun of mentally challenged individuals.
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10:04AM on 08/11/2008

Um...


You all realize there's no censorship going on here, right? From what I read, no government group or politician is asking the filmmakers or studio to change a single frame of the flick. And they can't, legally.

Even if these groups were successful in getting the word "retard" classified as hate speech, there's nothing stopping anyone from putting it in a movie. If that were the case, Tarantino would be a silent film maker.

If you people really need a cause to fight for that badly, I

You all realize there's no censorship going on here, right? From what I read, no government group or politician is asking the filmmakers or studio to change a single frame of the flick. And they can't, legally.

Even if these groups were successful in getting the word "retard" classified as hate speech, there's nothing stopping anyone from putting it in a movie. If that were the case, Tarantino would be a silent film maker.

If you people really need a cause to fight for that badly, I can think of about 5 just off the top of my head that are more important.
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9:32AM on 08/11/2008

What?

I can't believe they think that Ben Still would purposefully make fun of "mentally challenged" people. It's a shot at the actors themselves like Mike said.

Honestly, the whole situation "makes my pee-pee maker tingle!" ;-)
I can't believe they think that Ben Still would purposefully make fun of "mentally challenged" people. It's a shot at the actors themselves like Mike said.

Honestly, the whole situation "makes my pee-pee maker tingle!" ;-)
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8:20AM on 08/11/2008
I despise cencorship in any form and the movie should remain unaltered.

Having said that, you couldn't pay me enough to watch ANYTHING with Ben Stiller in it. HE'S a TRUE retard (i.e., no talent).
I despise cencorship in any form and the movie should remain unaltered.

Having said that, you couldn't pay me enough to watch ANYTHING with Ben Stiller in it. HE'S a TRUE retard (i.e., no talent).
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7:57AM on 08/11/2008

Full Retards

Glad to hear that the movie will not be edited! I caught wind of this retard movement last week and began to worry that the studio was going to cave in to the demands of these morons.

Censorship is wrong!!!!!
Glad to hear that the movie will not be edited! I caught wind of this retard movement last week and began to worry that the studio was going to cave in to the demands of these morons.

Censorship is wrong!!!!!
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