Ben Stiller ripped
I’ve never been a fan of do-it all "comedian" Ben Stiller and after Timothy Shrivers opinion column in today’s edition of the Washington Post, I think I’m about to have a little company in camp.
By all accounts, it is an unchecked assault on the humanity of people with intellectual disabilities -- an affront to dignity, hope and respect.
Ben Stiller, pah.
Jerry Stiller, now there’s a Comedian, funny, excitable and a sense of timing obviously lost on his youngest child, son Ben.
The raging debate involves a film that hasn’t even been release yet, Tropic Thunder an action "comedy" slated to hit theatres August 13 starting Ben Stiller(actor, writer, director), (junkie, "Chaplin") Robert Downey JR and Jack Black. The debate is over the films lack of discretionary humour, certainly a growing trend in today’s comedy, see South Park, Family Guy and just about anything featured on the FOX Sunday night lineup, discretion it seems is a dead dog.
But the dog isn’t dead . . . humanity will never completely abandon discretion and there is a safe haven for those who may not be able to shield them self from the blows.
Lampooning those with metal deficiencies not only lacks humour and courage but clearly brings to light the very lack of timing I had mentioned earlier in connection with Tropic Thunder’s director/writer Ben Stiller. In the world of comedy timing is everything so when the box office figures start rolling out Mr. Stiller should not be surprised to learn that the best time for making fun of the mentally challenged is, NEVER.
So, enough. Stop the hurtful jokes. Talk to your children about language that is bullying and mean. Ask your friends, your educators, your religious leaders to help us to end the stubborn myth that people with intellectual disabilities are hopeless. Ask Hollywood to get on the right side of dignity.
Mr. Z. Black