Tom Cruise and the lovely, yet lobotomized, Katie Holmes attended the premiere of Tropic Thunder last night. Protesters from several mental disability groups picketed the event at Mann’s Bruin Theater because of the use of the word “retard” in the film. Fortunately, none of these people can read, so I’m off the hook. The AP reports:
The groups are outraged over scenes featuring the liberal usage of a disparaging term used to describe the mentally disabled. In the movie, director and co-star Ben Stiller plays a fame-hungry actor cast in a war movie who previously had a role as a mentally disabled character named Simple Jack.
“If you want to pick on people, as the old playground saying goes, pick on people your own size,” said Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, who is calling for a boycott of “Tropic Thunder” along with the other groups. “This population struggles too much with the basics to have to struggle against Hollywood. We’re sending a message that this hate speech is no longer acceptable.”
I couldn’t agree more, Tim: Hate speech is gay.