Simple Cruelty: Tropic Thunder and the R Word
I do, however, believe that it is both appropriate and socially responsible to point out offensive and harmful uses of language when they occur. As for individuals and commercial entities that intentionally profit from the use of such language, showing no empathy whatsoever toward the people harmed by their cruelty, I believe that boycotting them and their sponsors often can be the most effective way to get their attention and force them to clean up their act.
What do you feel is the best way to deal with situations like this? Patricia E. Bauer is asking this question regarding the movie Tropic Thunder, which is due to be released August 13th and spews the R-word and its assorted stereotypes all over the script for cheap laughs. Several representatives of disability rights organizations will be meeting with studio executives Wednesday to express their concerns.
If you have a moment, please visit her blog to learn more about the controversy and join in the conversation there on what should be done about it.