This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - The movie Tropic Thunder debuted in August with attendance that matched the accolades from the critics. It was feted as humor at it finest - a satire that pulled no punches.
About 13 years ago, I might have found Tropic Thunder humorous. Then, my son was born with autism. Now, it's not so funny. The movie's repeated use of the term "retard" and its depiction of those with developmental disabilities are unquestionably demeaning. But the real joke is the defense of its satiric ambitions that fall once again on that great pillar of Hollywood absolution - creativity.