Protesters make noise over "Thunder"

Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:57pm EDT
 
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Protesters, led by Special Olympics chairman and CEO Timothy Shriver, marched outside the world premiere of the Hollywood satire "Tropic Thunder" on Monday night.

Chanting and waving placards that read "Ban the movie, ban the word" and "Call me by my name, not my label," several dozen people tried to get the message across that the word "retard" and making fun of the mentally challenged is not comedy material.

In "Thunder," Ben Stiller's character is an actor who previously attempted to go for Oscar gold by playing a character called "Simple Jack." "Thunder" features the movie-within-a-movie's trailer, and Stiller is forced to re-enact scenes from the movie when he is captured by Asian drug lords.

DreamWorks and Paramount were well-prepared for the protest at the Westwood movie theater: The normally open red carpet was shielded by walls of 10-foot-high shrubs, thus preventing the protesters from even being in the background of television shots.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Cast member Tom Cruise attends the premiere of "Tropic Thunder" at the Mann's Village theatre in Westwood, California August 11, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 13. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>