Have You Ever Boycotted a Movie?


According to the New York Times, the upcoming Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder will be boycotted by "a coalition of disabilities groups" who object to what they say is "the movie's open ridicule of the intellectually disabled."

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A particular sore point has been the film's repeated use of the term "retard" in referring to a character, Simple Jack, who is played by Mr. Stiller in a subplot about an actor who chases an Oscar by portraying a mindless dolt. Mr. Shriver said that he had also begun to ask members of Congress for a resolution condemning what he called the movie's "hate speech."


Have you ever refused to see a movie because you objected to the content?



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Aug 13, 2008 9:43AM EDT

Boycotting only makes movies like this more visible and gives it free publicity. Woo Hoo! This movie is great!

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Aug 15, 2008 12:42PM EDT

I have not seen this movie and never plan to, as I see nothing of value in this movie. The fact that there are references to people with disabilities as being labeled "retards" in this movie, even if it is just in humor, just proves my point. I have close family relatives with cognitive disabilities and life is challenging enough for them without being treated unequally by the rest of society for something that they were born with. Treat everyone with equality, as much as possible, and life is better for all! Shame on this movie for portraying a degrading mindset towards these individuals.

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Aug 15, 2008 12:57PM EDT

First off every race, disability, ideas are made fun of. 2nd Are you that up tight you can't take a joke??? Finally as for being treated equally don't they have special olympics, classes, and care groups that sounds a little unequal to me and now that I know retards are not too retarded to boycott a movie i will see atleast 2 more times and cancel my donations to the special olympics

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Aug 15, 2008 5:27PM EDT

I think the target of the negativity is holly wood's portrayal of persons with disabilities. Unless the disabled person is doing something extraodinary, or the focus of the film for dramatics, they simply won't be a disabled person.

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