Got this from a friend this am and wanted to share ~
As you may have heard, the movie "Tropic Thunder" was released in the US on DVD November 18. You may recall Special Olympics and dozens of other disability organizations protesting the movie's release due to its' offensive use of the word "retard" and the negative portrayal of people with intellectual disabilities throughout the film. We are once again asking you to not spend your hard earned money on this film in protest of the use of the word retard and the portrayal of people with intellectual disabilities as hapless and buffoon-like. Please do not buy the Tropic Thunder DVD and encourage your friends and family to not buy the Tropic Thunder DVD. Please sign our online pledge not to say the word retard at www.r-word.org The op-ed below, written by Special Olympics athlete John Stephens best articulates our position. Enjoy. C/P link below into your brouser to read the article.