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14th May 2023

Ben Stiller refuses to apologise for Tropic Thunder and says he’s ‘proud’ of the film

Rory Fleming

Ben Stiller

The actor was responding to claims the comedy has been ‘cancelled’.

Ben Stiller has responded to ‘cancel culture’ claims made in relation to the satirical action comedy film Tropic Thunder.

The film, which was released in 2008, stoked controversy over its portrayal of disabled people and minority groups, with Marvel’s Robert Downey Jr appearing in blackface for the film.

Fans of the movie have been taking to social media to decry liberals for trying to cancel the film, describing it as a “classic movie” made all the funnier because of modern cancel culture.

Stiller has also defended making it, saying he’s still ‘proud’ of the comedy movie.

Taking to social media, one fan wrote: “Please stop apologizing for doing this movie. It was and still is funny AF. Even funnier now with cancel culture the way it is. It’s a MOVIE. Ya’ll can just get over it.

“I was DYING laughing when I first saw it back in the day and so was everyone else.”

Alongside the post was a screenshot of an earlier tweet, claiming the Meet The Parents star had been forced to apologise for Tropic Thunder.

Responding to the fan, Stiller wrote: “I make no apologies for Tropic Thunder. Don’t know who told you that. It’s always been a controversial movie since when we opened. Proud of it and the work everyone did on it.”

It’s not the first time he has address the controversy surround the film, which shows a fictional group of actors become involved in jungle warfare and parodies of Apocalypse Now.

Back in 2018, Olympic athlete Shaun White dressed up as neurodivergent character Jeff Portnoy, who had been played in Tropic Thunder by Jack Black.

It sparked an intense backlash from some of his fans, with the snowboarder eventually apologising for his actions on social media saying that he’d made a ‘wrong’ decision.

At the time, Stiller also responded to the incident after one former fan called for a fresh boycott of the film on Twitter.

He wrote: “Actually Tropic Thunder was boycotted 10-years-ago when it came out, and I apologized then.

“It was always meant to make fun of actors trying to do anything to win awards. I stand by my apology, the movie, Shaun White, And the great people and work of the @SpecialOlympics”.

Robert Downey Jr. has also responded to critics of his Tropic Thunder’ blackface, saying “90 per cent of my black friends were like, “Dude, that was great”.

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