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Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Truly Retarded Column

I'd like to nominate Timothy Shriver for humorless A-hole of the week. That's because of this column, in which he argues that the new Ben Stiller comedy, Tropic Thunder, is not funny, dammit. Not funny! Do you hear me?

Why does Shriver have his panties in such a knot over a film that he admits he hasn't even seen? Because the movie uses the word "retard" to provide laughs:
[I]t is an unchecked assault on the humanity of people with intellectual disabilities -- an affront to dignity, hope and respect.
Shriver explains how this film affronts "hope, dignity and respect" in this scene where Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., actors playing actors, discuss why Stiller's character failed to win the Oscar:
Downey: "Everybody knows you never do a full retard."

Stiller: "What do you mean?"

Downey: "Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, 'Rain Man,' look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Count toothpicks to your cards. Autistic, sure. Not retarded. You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard."

[Shriver]I worked with the Farrelly brothers on a film on this topic. I know about edgy comedy. I'm also told that movies are equal-opportunity offenders.

So here's an equal-opportunity response to the equal-opportunity offenders:

People with intellectual disabilities are routinely abused, neglected, insulted, institutionalized and even killed around the world. Their parents are told to give up, that their children are worthless. Schools turn them away. Doctors refuse to treat them. Employers won't hire them. None of this is funny.
So, remember, if you see this movie, doctors will let retards die. Can you live with that on your conscience? And if you doubt that, don't forget: Shriver worked with the Farrelly Brothers. He knows his retard jokes.

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