August 12, 2008
An open letter to Ben Stiller and DreamWorks Studio
Dear Mr. Stiller and DreamWorks Studio,
I just came from viewing “Tropic Thunder” I swore, even blogged to the world, that I would not see this movie, but after talking with people who knew I was considering protesting the movie I went. Their comments to me were before you protest you need to know exactly what you are protesting. Well, now I know what I am protesting…
This was not a movie for entertainment unless of course you were a white, physically fit, straight person. Not only did you attack individuals with intellectual disabilities, you attacked overweight people, people who are gay and I also felt you attacked black people.
Mr. Stiller, I watched an interview you did explaining how over the top some actors will go to portray their character, and that’s how you justified Robert Downey, Jr. playing a black man. But, it was you as the writer of this movie who came up with those lines and concepts.
Question to Mr. Stiller - when you studied “retarded people” did you study my 9 year old daughter who has Down syndrome or how about my nephew who has Autism? Who caught your eye as “the full retard”? Oh, and by the way did you not think that line would now be the catch phrase at every school in the nation? Is it not bad enough just to be retard, now it has to be full retard? Thank you for that.
Comment to Mr. Spielberg – with all the work you have done for the Jewish community and remembering the victims of the Holocaust did you forget that they also murdered individuals with disabilities and handicaps?
Shame on both of you for allowing this thing that you call an entertaining movie to be made. Will I protest on the streets with signs? No, I won’t waste my precious time anymore on this. You don’t deserve it.
Mother of Lily who happens to have Down syndrome