August 11, 2008
Mocking the Innocent
Yes, many have used this word for decades... yes, it has gone under the radar for these decades. Let's take it out of our vocabularies, okay? It's offensive.
I remember when I was little asking my mother what 'retarded' meant. Her answer was 'slow'. I never thought twice about the children in my schools who were 'slow'. It never occurred to me to mock or pick on these children because I was raised properly. I was taught to treat others kindly...regardless of color, disability, or lifestyle.
Let's spread that kindness...let Dreamworks know that portraying a person playing a character with a disability and calling them 'retarded' is UNACCEPTABLE and NOT FUNNY.
This clip is referring to the character that Ben Stiller played in his fictitious, and also part of the new movie "Tropic Thunder"..
My jaw literally dropped when I saw that clip. If you browse YouTube you will find that they took painstaking effort to make sure the racial issues in the movie were not offensive. They grossly overlooked the rest.
Shame on you Ben Stiller.
Does my use of this word offend you? It should. As my sister has said before, "It's kind of like throwing stuff at the kid with the helmet...just because you can."
Be offended and pass the word. Do not put money in this movie. Do not support picking on the innocent.
at 10:15 PM