AMOS N’ DOWNEY ?
Enraged protestors are calling for a boycott of the movie Tropic Thunder. And we’re not even talking about African American groups who might be upset about Robert Downey Jr. appearing in blackface in the movie. I’m sure that protest is coming next but the current controversy with the film involves Special Olympics.
Not only is the chairman of the Special Olympics program calling for a boycott of the movie but he is actually going to petition congress to get the movie labeled as “hate speech.” Why? Because a character in the movie uses the word “retard.”
Tropic Thunder is a comedy. The soon-to-be-released flick brutally satirizes a number of Hollywood topics and uses PARODY as a tool. Ben Stiller’s character plays a vain, self-absorbed actor. In the movie, Stiller’s character receives an Academy Award nomination for playing a “special needs” person in a fictitious movie called “Simple Jack.” Yet, Stiller’s character constantly refers to the mentally challenged as “retards.” It’s a joke. In fact, it’s meant to show actors as the real “retards.” Special interest groups aren’t laughing though.
The next target of outrage in the movie is likely to be Tom Cruise. Cruise plays an over the top character who’s supposedly the “most offensive Jewish stereotyoe ever.” Great move for the career-imploding Cruise who played a NAZI in his last movie. That effort was such a disaster that Cruise is still trying to get the movie to even be released.
NOTED “JEWISH” ACTOR TOM CRUISE PLAYS AN “HEROIC NAZI” IN THE YET TO BE RELEASED MOVIE VALKYRIE
Cruise is literally playing a parody of himself in Tropic Thunder (although he’s too dimwitted to realize it.)Some might think getting the waspish, Nazi-touting Cruise to play a Jewish stereotype is FUNNY. Not the politically correct crowd in Hollywood though. I would be touting Tropic Thunder as a groundbreaking comedy that’s following in the footsteps of Blazing Saddles. Unfortunately, you can already see the studio (Dreamworks) starting to cave in its support of the film. The movie’s website has already been disabled. (Oops! Can I use that term?)
Celebu-skank Paris Hilton is fighting back. Following the John McCain “celebrity” ad, the socialite has come up with an attack ad of her own. The parody ad calls McCain that “wrinkly, white-haired dude” and the “oldest celebrity in the world.”
Most sports fans know Mark Cuban as the zany owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Cuban may soon add baseball’s Chicago Cubs to his portfolio.
Cuban made his billions as an internet entrepreneur. Since Cuban has views on EVERYTHING it’s no surprise that he has thoughts about the direction that the internet is taking. For instance, Cuban thinks there’s not enough nudity on the internet. Seriously.
In an interview with Silicon Alley Insider Cuban says,
Its possible to find PG 13 type videos,but its really difficult to find R rated videos. Sure there are Playboy or Mr SKin type sites that will titillate us, and there are the sites where college kids go wild, but thats not what Im referring to. Where are the internet videos that cover grown up subject matters, where nudity “that contributes to the subject matter” isn’t considered gratuitous or pornographic ?
You cant post that kind of material on Youtube , Myspace, Yahoo or AOL Video. So where will user generated content geared towards a more “mature” audience go ? Dailymotion ? Or does internet hosted video never get past PG – 13 ? Has internet hosted video evolved into the most censored medium of our generation ? If you really want to go beyond PG 13, do you have to host it yourself on your own website ?