There has been significant media attention to protests surrounding the new movie “Tropic Thunder” and its misguided use of a term that is inaccurate and offensive to many people: “retard.”
The Arc of the United States — Missouri Chapter is certainly displeased by the use of this term in any setting, especially one that will be viewed by millions of people. The term is a very sensitive issue for people with developmental disabilities, their parents and advocacy groups.
The Arc understands that the term was used as an attempt at humor. Nonetheless, it demonstrates a severe lack of sensitivity for people with developmental disabilities who are often subjected to the derogatory use of the term. It would be a simple show of respect for the movie industry to recognize the harmful implications associated with this word.
This should be a learning experience for the movie industry and the public at large: Words that offend and demean people are not funny — in any context.
President, Arc of the United States — Missouri Chapter