Ben Stiller supports Shaun White after costume backlash
Ben Stiller stands by Shaun White.
Replying to a tweet Tuesday, the 52-year-old actor said he supported the embattled snowboarder, who was chastised for dressing up as the special needs character “Simple Jack,” originally played by Stiller in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder.”
“Actually ‘Tropic Thunder’ was boycotted 10 years ago when it came out, and I apologized then,”Stiller responded to a message that read, “Maybe we should all boycott Tropic Thunder now. On second thought … I love that movie! I’m gonna give it another watch tonight and laugh my butt off at it.”
Ahead of the movie’s release 10 years ago, advocates for disability groups called for a national boycott of the film, which was directed by Stiller and also starred Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.
“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 @Special Olympics,” Stiller wrote.On Monday, White, 32, posted a lengthy apology on Instagram.
“I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice of Halloween costume,” he wrote. “It was a last minute decision. It was the wrong one.”
The Special Olympics later called out White,telling TMZ in a statement: “We are truly disappointed that Shaun White, an acclaimed Olympian, would choose this costume which is so offensive and causes so much pain.”
White said he has learned his lesson.“I am sorry for being insensitive,” he wrote.
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