All the “controversy” surrounding the new movie “Tropic Thunder” has me cracking up a little bit. I didn’t really know exactly what people were complaining about, so I did a little looking around on YouTube and found out. Apparently, the entire issue isn’t with Robert Downey Jr (a white guy) playing a black character (complete with makeup) – oh no, it’s with a “movie within a movie” called “Simple Jack” that contains the tagline “once upon a time … there was a retard.” The movie (“Simple Jack”) was a movie that Ben Stiller’s character “Tugg Speedman” shot before he went to work on “Tropic Thunder” (or I’d assume since I’ve yet to see the movie).
The assumed premise of the “retard” thing was that actors in Hollywood will do ANYTHING to get that Oscar nod – even play a mentally handicapped person to the absolute extreme. It’s stereotyping sure, but that’s the point here – Robert Downy Jr.’s character plays a black guy because he’s wants to be memorable – and to potentially (hopefully?) get an award.
Ben Stiller meant no harm to people with forms of handicap; the point was to show how Hollywood is notorious for feeding stereotypes. That’s all. So before you freak out and call foul why not open your mind a little wider and see that this is not an “attack” it’s merely making a point.
I will be seeing this movie – I find Ben Stiller funny and I usually like his movies.
Check out this video – it talks about the controversy.
I don’t know why people get so offended by words. It’s a word that was used … same as the “n” word … it’s just a word! But then again, it takes a LOT to offend me …