Disability groups upset by 'Tropic'

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Special Olympics chairman and CEO Timothy Shriver and other leaders of disabled advocacy groups have slammed "the use of the r-word" in the film "Tropic Thunder" to describe people with intellectual disabilities.

Protestors from the advocacy coalition were out in force Monday night outside the Westwood premiere of the DreamWorks/ Paramount film. They also were calling for a boycott.

In the movie, a Hollywood actor played by Ben Stiller once took a film role playing a mentally handicapped person in an unsuccessful attempt to win an Oscar.

" 'Tropic Thunder' is an R-rated comedy that satirizes Hollywood and its excesses and makes its point by featuring inappropriate and over-the-top characters in ridiculous situations. The film is in no way meant to disparage or harm the image of individuals with disabilities," DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan said. "However, no changes or cuts to the film will be made." (partialdiff)
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