AfriGeneas at the Movies
Protesters silently picket new comedy
By Jamon Smith Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 3:30 a.m.
The movie, a spoof directed by and starring Ben Stiller, includes frequent use of the word “retard.”
In “Tropic Thunder,” Stiller plays a fading action star desperate to be taken seriously as an actor after he just made a flop in which he portrayed a severely mentally ill man.
“Our particular objection to this movie is the use of the word retard and the movie’s portrayal of it as a humorous term,” said Mike Marion, state coordinator of People First. “They use it like it’s a cool and acceptable way to talk about people