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.