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What’s in a Word? Movie Opens to Controversy in WI this Week

August 11, 2008

Madison, WI – The movie "Tropic Thunder" opens in Wisconsin this week, a movie that features a main character described as "retarded." Advocates for people with intellectual disabilities have let the movie studio know the term is offensive and linked to a long history of dehumanizing people with a wide range of disabilities.

Cindy Bentley with People First Wisconsin is a former U.S. Special Olympics Athlete of the Year who has won multiple medals in softball, speed skating, track and tennis. She sees the movie as an opportunity to inform the public why using the "R" word isn't funny.

"We got teased in school with that word. It's a terrible word to be using. All my friends that I know have intellectual disabilities, but they're not 'retarded.'"

Lisa Gilson is the president of People First Wisconsin. She says it's time to stop labeling people only based on the challenges they face.

"If you look around, each and every one of us has a challenge. We are no different. We want to be treated equally just like everybody else."

The movie studio has issued a statement saying the film's goal is to make fun of actors and Hollywood, not people with disabilities, although trailers of the movie referring to the character as a "retard" have been pulled.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - WI