I haven’t seen the movie Tropic Thunder, so can’t say whether it’s any good. I also can’t say whether or not the jokes involving the ‘Simple Jack’ subplot, about which I know nothing, degrade ’intellectually disabled’ people, as Tim Shriver claims, or whether they actually parody Hollywood and actors, who exploit retarded people in order to have a chance at winning awards, as Neil Miller claims. What I think about the term ‘intellectually disabled’ and the prospects of ‘retarded’ disappearing as an insult can be gleaned here.
What I can say is that the following Shriver statement is batshit insane:
Mockery in any form, or for any purpose or directed at anyone, especially those least able to defend themselves, is neither funny nor acceptable. We must work together to bring it to an end.
Got that, folks? Remove the “especially those least able to defend themselves,” as that is merely the worst kind of mockery (hence the ‘especially’), not the meaning of the sentence. Tim Shriver wrote this column for cnn.com — this is not an off-the-cuff remark or an out-of-context quote. He had time to consider it and phrase it as he desired. He knew that many thousands would be reading it. So we can take it as Shriver’s considered opinion that “mockery in any form, or for any purpose or directed at anyone, is neither funny nor acceptable.”