There's a word to describe Special Olympic chairman Timothy Shriver's asinine call to boycott Tropic Thunder, but it would be impolite to use it. Nevertheless, Ian Spiegelman, who each weekend does a magnificent job standing up for things that profit and delight all of us, knows the score:
Tropical Thunder, the hilarious-looking movie-in-a-movie that has so far failed to score a boycott for featuring Robert Downey Jr. in blackface or Tom Cruise as reportedly the most offensive Jewish stereotype since...Well, I don't find those very offensive, so don't ask me. Anywho, Ben Stiller's character is an actor who failed to get an Oscar nod for portraying a "retard" in the film "Simple Jack". And that's what's getting the pic boy-the-fuck-cotted. "'Not only might it happen, it will happen,' Timothy P. Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, said of the expected push for a boycott." Because it's fine for actors to cynically go bobbing for Academy apples every year by playing a special character, but it's not okay for a comic actor to make fun of them for doing so.Mr. Shriver needs to get himself a grip. Wife of DCeiver, who works on the front lines of special education, says she's only too happy to see the makers of "treacly, cloying, bullshit movies" about the "special" get lampooned, adding that "there's nothing more offensive than movies like Sean Penn's I Am Sam. DID THEY BOYCOTT THAT?" I agree! In fact, was the horsewhipping Penn was due for that even scheduled? If not, I am all for horsewhipping him! With an additional caning, perhaps, for Mystic River, which similarly sucked upon canal water.
And when the movie-going public inevitably ignores Shriver's inevitable boycott, he'll bring the government into it. "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' and calling for stronger federal support of the intellectually disabled. [...]