Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More "how far should parody go?" fun

Controversy continues to swirl around Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder (opening today) - not because of Robert Downey, Jr.'s white-character-playing-a-black-character, but rather its alleged degradation of the disabled.

CNN has an interesting point/counterpoint on the topic: one from Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver, who calls for a boycott of the film on the basis that it perpetuates stereotypes (especially its Simple Jack subplot); the other by Film School Rejects editor Neil Miller, who contends that protesters miss Thunder's Hollywood-lampooning point.

So, which is it? Have at it.

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3 comments:

adam Arnold said...

A lot of the families I work with who have developmentally disabled kids are boycotting the movie...

John Potter said...

Did you see it, or have an opinion?

lewis said...

i saw the finale action scene because i was theater hopping. in this film i saw blacks and gays and foreigners and whites stereotyped.