Tropic Thunder Controversy: Stiller Responds

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As previously mentioned, a number of disability groups are calling for the boycott of Tropic Thunder because of its portrayal of the mentally challenged.

Director/Writer/Star Ben Stiller just spoke to MTV about the outcry.

He says:

“It’s sort of edgy territory, but we felt that as long as the focus was on the actors who were trying to do something to be taken seriously that’s going too far or wrong, that was where the humor would come from,” Stiller insisted. “[The joke is on] actors reaching for roles in terms of hopefully winning awards.”

“Some people have taken this as making fun of handicapped people, but we’re really trying to make fun of the actors who use this material as fodder for acclaim,” co-writer Etan Cohen echoed to MTV. “The last thing you want is for people to think you’re making fun of the victims in this who are having their lives turned into fodder for people to win Oscar

Advocacy groups have called for the studio, Dreamworks to make changes related to the portrayal of the mentally challenged in the film.

Will you see the flick or do you plan on boycotting?

Aug 11, 2008 7:16pm PDT

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