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Canadian Down Syndrome Society Concerned With Targeting Persons
With Developmental Disabilities
14, 2008) - The new Hollywood movie release Tropic Thunder,
(starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., opening
August 13) has engaged a possible national boycott of the film by
a large coalition of disability advocacy groups. A particular sore
point has been the films repeated use of the term retard.
Representatives of the National Down Syndrome Congress saw the movie
on Friday and immediately advised CDSS and other advocacy groups
to come together to fight this damaging, hurtful film.
out feeling like I had been assaulted, said David C. Tolleson,
Executive Director of the National Down Syndrome Congress.
and Peter V. Berns, Executive Director of the Arc of the United
States, reported on Sunday that they could not recall a similar
coalition of disabilities groups forming against a film. Mr. Berns
noted that some people had objected to the use of the word retarded
in other popular movies. But theres really been nothing
near this magnitude.
Board Chair of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society says as
a national organization CDSS is concerned about the power the entertainment
industry has over their audience when portraying person with disabilities.
Underestimating this influence reiterates public stereotypes and
devalues the importance of people with developmental disabilities.
If I could say anything to Ben Stiller I would say, I am a person with Down syndrome and there is nothing funny about the word retard. Movies can be funny without discriminating a persons ability says Board member and VATTA advocacy Committee member Adam Johnston.
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is a vital resource linking individuals, parents and professionals through advocacy, education and providing information. The mission of the CDSS is to ensure equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome. This means, to make sure all Canadians with Down syndrome have the right supports to give them the same opportunities that everyone else has. Our vision is a proud Canada where ALL are welcome, we embrace diversity and we value everyones genes equally.
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