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"Tropic Thunder" causes uproar from some

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

August 13, 2008 

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Advocates for people with disabilities are complaining about a new movie that's hitting theaters nationwide.

Albany Advocacy Resource Center leaders say they aren't protesting but educating movie-goers about their disappointment with the film "Tropic Thunder." Advocates spent Wednesday evening at the Albany movie theater passing out brochures.

They say a character in the movie is repeatedly referred to as a moron, imbecile and an R-word they call demeaning and disrespectful.

"We just never need to laugh at anybody or say bad things about somebody because we never know when we'll have an accident and end up in a wheelchair or have a stroke or have a problem. We never know," said Lou Johnson with Albany ARC.

National disability advocates met with movie executives last week in hopes of changing the film before its release. This weekend, advocates say they'll have a presence at movie theaters across the country.

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