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									                  of Bergen and Passaic Counties, Inc.
                                    223 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
                                   TEL: (201) 343-0322  FAX: (201) 343-0401

                                           ACTION ALERT

                       BOYCOTT THE FILM “TROPIC THUNDER”

Background on the Issue:
Tropic Thunder is a comedy/action/adventure scheduled for release on August 13. DreamWorks is the
film's producer and Paramount is its distributor.

The film features popular actors Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black. Stiller plays Speedman, a
fading action star who earlier failed in his bid for an Oscar as "Simple Jack," a man with an intellectual
disability. "Simple Jack" is featured as a film-within-a-film and has a promotional poster (see below) which
bears the subtitle "Once upon a time there was a retard." A satirical plot synopsis quotes a critic as saying
that Speedman's Jack was "one of the most retarded performances in cinema history."
The movie contains images and language that are extremely offensive in their portrayal of the fictional
character “Simple Jack”. Dialogue consistently uses the words “retard”, “imbecile”, “idiot” and “moran”
culminating with the statement “you went full retard, man, never go full retard.”

In perhaps the single most offensive scene in the film, Matthew McConaughey, who plays a Hollywood
agent, speaks to the film's main character who wants to adopt a child. "Well, at least you still have a
choice. I'm stuck with mine," states McConaughey while pointing to a photograph of his teenage son who
appears to have an intellectual disability.

Overall there are about 60 uses of the words "retard", "imbecile" and "moron" and more than 30 minutes of
film depicting people with intellectual disabilities in humiliating and demeaning ways.

The Arc, in coalition with other disability groups across the nation, is calling for a BOYCOYTT of the film
and a national dialogue on the language and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities.

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                                                  ACTION NEEDED
Boycott this film
Boycott the movie and talk to everyone you know and encourage them not to spend their money on this offensive film.
Many people don’t know that there is any reference to disabilities in the movie. We need to spread the word.
Start by forwarding this to everyone you know – friends, co-workers, neighbors, vendors, community groups you belong to,
government officials – anyone who will take the message to heart and pass it on. This is a national issue so pass it on to anyone,
no matter where they are. Spread the word that the language and parodies in this movie relating to people with intellectual
disabilities are unacceptable as they foster a culture of hate and intolerance.
Write a letter to the editor expressing your outrage
The Record                                                            Herald News
Phone: (201) 646-4553                                                 Phone:973-569-7104
Fax: (201) 646-4749                                                   Fax: 973-569-7129
letterstotheeditor@northjersey.com                                    hnletters@northjersey.com

Write a letters protesting the release of the film
Write to Paramont Pictures, Viacom, and Dreamworks expressing your outrage and relating how many people you’ve talked to
about the film. They need to hear the message that huge numbers of people are boycotting the film and that number will only
continue to grow.

Stacey Snider                                                         DreamWorks SKG executive team
DreamWorks SKG                                                        Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Stacey Snider, Jeff Small
100 Universal City Plaza                                              and Adam Goodman
Building 10                                                           1000 Flower Street
Universal City, CA 91608                                              Glendale, CA 91201-3007

                                                                      Ben Stiller’s talent agency
Ben Stiller’s production company                                      United Talent Agency
Red Hour Films                                                        9560 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 500
629 North La Brea Avenue                                              Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310.273.6700
Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.602.5000.

 Ben Stiller’s publicist is Kelly Bush
 ID Public Relations
8409 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069 323.822.4800
Emails can be sent to Viacom, Paramount Pictures parent company at http://www.viacom.com/contact/Pages/default.aspx

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                                                  THANK YOU!
Please let us know what action you take by sending or e-mailing a copy so we can track the progress of the campaign.
                                                      Send copy to:
                                         The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties
                                     223 Moore Street Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
                                                      attn: KWalsh
                                         Fax 201-343-0972 or Fax 201-343-0401

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