DreamWorks Turns Aside Tropic Thunder

LOS ANGELES (RUSHPRNEWS)AUGUST 12, 2008–DreamWorks on Sunday rejected complaints from a coalition of disabilities groups that the upcoming Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder subjects the intellectually disabled to ridicule and fosters hatred toward them.

In a statement, DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan said that the movie was intended to satirize Hollywood “and makes its point by featuring inappropriate and over-the-top characters in ridiculous situations.” But when asked by the New York Times whether the disabilities groups might launch a boycott of the film, Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics — and a coproducer of DreamWorks’ Amistad — replied: “Not only might it happen, it will happen.”

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