Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hey, Stiller - Let's Get Retarded in Here!

Okay, so occasionally something will happen in the U.S. that reminds me that they are a nation of people so conservative and politically correct as to approach, well, retardation.

There is a whole whack of controversy over the use of the word "retard" in Tropic Thunder. That's right, in a movie where a white actor dyes his skin to play an African-American man, that's the controversial part. Not a white blackface.

I haven't yet seen the flick (like a lot of the people protesting, incidentally) but I'm willing to bet all the money in my pocket the use of the word retard is not intended to make fun of the mentally challenged, but is used to make fun of self-absorbed actors and Hollywood in general, like everything else in the movie.

So, I guess America, as a nation, is saying, "Hey! Using possibly offensive language, even in jest or to make a satirical point, is never okay and should always be stopped. Unless it's about gay people. In that case, go to town.............fags."

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