I sent out an email alerting friends about the movie Tropic Thunder. I posted about it here. There was a pre-screening given to the disability community this week. They said it was far worse then they ever imagined.
I found the courage to watch the trailer a few days ago. It made me sick inside. Even if I had never had Larkin in my life, I was raised much better then Ben Stiller apparently.
I would NEVER go over the line as he has. I would NEVER make fun of those with challenges or special needs. However I am going to try and let go and let God. Because Mr. Stiller and his crew that apparently need to pick on people who can’t defend themselves, using juvenile humor ( I hesitate to even say that because my 12 year old son and his friends would NEVER act this way) to get a laugh instead of oh I don’t know USE SOMETHING WELL WRITTEN, here is a secret that I know and you don’t – my world is inclusive.
My world can and will welcome you at any time. You and your friends are one mis-step, one car accident, one birth accident, one stroke away from joining me. Accidents happen all the time. You now have a karma bulls-eye on your forehead, back and chest. So while you can poke fun, be exclusive right now, abort any baby you deem unworthy, I am sitting here waiting. The day will come. The day will be here sooner then you realize where it will slam into your chest – the ache of having someone you love have special needs. And as much as you don’t deserve it, you will reap the benefits as well. Unconditional love and support.
I have the Grace to forgive you Mr. Stiller and crew. I have had faith instilled in me all of my life. Too bad you don’t have the same. Shame on you. Shame on your friends. Shame on Dream Works. My only request is that you sit down with our children and have a screening of this movie with them and those of us who love them. But obviously a cockroach runs and hides when the light is shined upon them. Crawl back into your darkness. I’ll stay here with my sunshine.
Here is a movie that you should watch instead. It’s rated G and your children will learn something from it. I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up.
You have a wonderful Blog amy!!!!
I have been reading your blog for awhile…you do a great job of expressing your feelings about Down Syndrome and life in general. My blog still tends to be more factual and informative in nature. Can’t quite get myself to really put my thoughts and feelings out there!! It could be kind of scary!!!
I am with you on the karma thing. A lot of people just got big ole targets on their back.
Thanks for putting my blog on your bloglist!
Also, I would love to get an update on Larkin’s Place sometime!
Great post Amy and beautiful picture of Larkin!Thanks for the tip on the safe feeder too!
thanks for the link, Amy-it’s very heartwarming. I appreciate all you are doing on your blog and facebook–there are many who will benefit.
Yay for Karma!! Thanks, Amy, for being so well spoken.
Karma is going to give that booty a slap!
It is time to take the “r” word out of circulation.
I’ve written a blog post, Words Hurt: The “r” Word, on Wanda and Rick Felty’s campaign to “Ban the R Word”, and Jenna Glatzer’s pledge campaign, as well as the “Tropic Thunder” controversy. I’ve included a link to your blog.