Mental disability groups protest 'Tropic Thunder'

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12 Aug 2008, 9:11 am

yeah there is protest at the role of a special man Stiller character plays in the movie ( think rain man and forrest gump)
and the line, you will never win an OSCAR because you never go "full retard"

it is funny. in my opinion but retarded childrens parents may find it offensive.


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12 Aug 2008, 9:52 am

The word "retard" should not be used. When we were kids in the schoolyard we used to laugh at it, but now as adults we know it's offensive. I would never use it in public or write it anywhere. Sometimes mean hurtful things are included just for shock-value. Naturally, before you grow a conscience you won't get it. You won't get it before you grow up.

Thr worst is adults who should know better.



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12 Aug 2008, 10:01 am

a ben stiller movie with the line "you need to go full retard" is the context here, and it is, in my opinion funny.

AS often will miss the context in many scenarios and can be seen to be argumentative, as your argument the word retard on its own is offensive and yes you are right, but in the context of the movie and the line that was explained it is funny , in my opinion and not as offensive as the one word definition you have concentrated upon.


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12 Aug 2008, 10:24 am

A word like retard is funny in certain contexts, but in a very lowbrow way. Jokes like this, ie. penis jokes, fart jokes, fat jokes, racial jokes, get old really fast. Given the context, almost anything is funny. If you're going to offend one group, you must also offend every other group to avoid getting criticized, a la South Park.

Yes, I know it's weird logic, but it does seem to hold.



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12 Aug 2008, 12:04 pm

I think it's nitpicking, like when everyone was complaning about Spider-Man posing in front of the American flag, or when Indiana Jones hid in a fridge from an atom bomb blast.



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12 Aug 2008, 12:34 pm

you can hide in a fridge from a nuclear bomb blast?
let me write this down, this is WP gold!


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12 Aug 2008, 12:43 pm

If the fridge were lead-shielded, and if you weren't in the primary blast zone .... you die from the fallout after you stepped out of the fridge, assuming you didn't suffocate while inside it.



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12 Aug 2008, 12:46 pm

ahhhh the facts never seem to worry indiana jones thou.


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12 Aug 2008, 12:49 pm

Of course not! Most of Indy's adventures consist of blatantly improbable actions. The fact that we know these things could never actually happen contribute greatly to our enjoyment of the films. :D



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12 Aug 2008, 1:20 pm

oooh your so NT!


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12 Aug 2008, 1:36 pm

Sometimes I wonder if I'm not Aspie enough WrongPlanet. 8O



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12 Aug 2008, 1:50 pm

who cares?


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13 Aug 2008, 4:27 am

yeah, this just sounds like they are using the word retard as part of low brow humour. Why are they trying to get a laugh that way?



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13 Aug 2008, 4:34 am

What I want to know is, how much they criticised THIS movie?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ringer_(film)


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13 Aug 2008, 5:34 am

I saw that movie, and it isn't as contemptive of the mentally challenged as you'd think. It has a moral. The movie seems to point out that anyone allegedly "normal" trying to compete as a Special Athlete has a handicap all their own, a moral handicap.