This petition is in response to Dreamwork\'s new film, Tropic Thunder , directed by Ben Stiller and starring Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr. as a group of prima donna actors filming a Vietnam War movie when their fed-up writer-director decides to dump them in the middle of a real war. It is due for release on August 13, 2008.
A particular sore point has been the film
I am a mother to a five-year-old son with Down syndrome. It is my responsibility, as his parent, to advocate for him, to make this world a safe place for him (and all of my children) to live in. With hate messages being sent out for the world to see,it makes it acceptable for others to make fun of my son, to belittle him, to consider him as less of a person because of his disability. It is time to take action and put an end ONCE AND FOR ALL to the use of the word \"retard\" in films, and on television, when used as an insult. My son deserves better.
You can call Ben Stiller and leave him a message at 323-602-5000
DreamWorks SKG Studio
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Ben Stiller, Writer/Director/Producer
Read Hour Films, 629 N. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036