Ben Stiller’s latest film Tropic Thunder has drawn criticism from many groups who work with people with intellectual disabilities because of its use of the word “retard.” Many have called for people to boycott the film. The Green River Area Down Syndrome Association (GRADSA) plans to protest the film from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in front of the Malco Theatre on South Frederica Street.
According to a GRADSA press release, “Tropic Thunder repeatedly uses the word “retard” and portrays people with intellectual disabilities in a demeaning way. This protest is part of a nationwide campaign to eliminate the derogatory use of the R-word in today’s society and to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. We ask that people show their support by taking ACTION; stop using the word, let others know you disapprove of its use when you hear it, don’t support entertainment that promotes the use of the word, and most importantly, reach out and include a person with an intellectual disability in your community.”