The disability communities are all abuzz about the movie Tropic Thunder. I don't know if it's hit the mainstream press yet - but I thought I'd share it with YOU - since I know you all love Ruby, too.
The concern is the movie throws around the dreaded R word - retard. It throws it around A LOT - there are even t-shirts out already.
Yes, the movie makes fun of gay people & other races (at least African-American, I'm not sure beyond that). But I bet they don't use the word f@ggot or n*gger. Retard is comparable to those words. It's a hateful word, making fun of people who often have no place or chance to defend themselves.
It's especially associated with people who have Down syndrome - because they can't hide their DS. They wear it on their faces. And they shouldn't have to hide it. But, yes, mental retardation can be part of the diagnosis for a person with DS. And throwing around the word "retard" can make it seem as though there's something very wrong and very negative to have any sort of retardation. Well, we know better than that - but it's still a very hurtful word.
Anyway. I don't have a whole lot new to say about this - but I wanted to put this info out there for you to read. This interesting little blurb talks about a boycott being called on the movie later today.
I first heard about this controversy on the blog of another parent. Since then, many other blogs I read have jumped in to share their thoughts, to let people know about this. For instance this family and Sophie's mom - blogs of parents who are rightfully upset. If you have time, check out Dave Hingsburger's open letter to Ben Stiller.
My daughter has value. She is loved. She is so much more than her diagnosis, her labels.
Please, don't use the word retard anymore. Thanks.