Be A Fan of Dignity - Ban The Movie – Ban The Word

Be A Fan of Dignity - Ban The Movie – Ban The Word

Penn Communications invites you to be a fan of dignity and join in a campaign to stop the use of the “R-Word.”

On Wednesday, August 13 the film “Tropic Thunder” opens in theatres across the nation. While intended to be a satire on Hollywood actors and producers, the film contains scenes which are offensive and demean people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics has joined forces with national disability organizations including American Association of Disabled Persons, National Down Syndrome Congress, National Down Syndrome Society, The ARC of the United States and TASH to combat the use of the “R-Word” in everyday vernacular. It is a disparaging and derogatory term that needs to be eliminated.

Please consider helping with the campaign by boycotting the film “Tropic Thunder” to help make a statement to Hollywood that we will not stand for this type of content that is hurtful to people with intellectual disabilities. To learn more about how you can be a fan of diginity, visit

More Information

● Sign a pledge on the official campaign website.

● Read a Washington Post Op-ed about the “Tropical Thunder” boycott by Special Olympics Chairman, Tim Shriver

● Download “R-Word” Fact Flier

Posted: 2008-08-12

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