For the time being the viral site for "Tropic Thunder" has been shut down, pending a meeting with Special Olmypics and Down Syndrome Association officials. The story of actors who play "retards" in a film is patently offensive to those with disabilities, and I don't see how the offensive parts can be removed from the film, which is a crude comedy written, directd and acted by Ben Stiller.
This is a swift and temporary victory for advocates for the mentally disabled. But the fim is still going forward. Let's keep the pressure on to stop the offensive nature of this heartless film mocking the intellectually impaired.
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