Actor Ben Stiller has recently fired back at the woke cancel culture mob and has proclaimed that he will make “no apologies” for his critically acclaimed 2008 comedy “Tropic Thunder” as he stepped up to dispute a tweet directed at him alleging that he had previously apologized for the content of the movie.
The 57-year-old actor, comedian, and filmmaker issued a tweet this past Tuesday to his gathering of 5.6 million followers to state that he never apologized for the movie despite a number of calls to have the 2008 film canceled and removed from any and all streaming platforms, stated a report from the New York Post.
The post to social media stated, “[BenStiller] 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.” His post included a screenshot of another post that talked about how “liberals are trying to ‘cancel culture’ the movie. When the Wayans Brothers made ‘White Chicks’…. nobody said a dang thing!!!! STOP APOLOGIZING FOR THIS STUFF!!!!”
“I make no apologies for Tropic Thunder,” fired back Stiller. “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.”
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. ????✊????
— Ben Stiller (@BenStiller) February 21, 2023
Actor Robert Downey Jr. plays Kirk Lazarus, who i the film is a Method actor who darkens his skin to play the role of a black soldier in the 2008 war movie, as reported by the outlet.
During the appearance in 2020 of the “Iron Man” star on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, Downey expressed that the film showed him just how wrong blackface is.
“I think that it’s never an excuse to do something that’s out of place and out of its time, but to me it blasted the cap on [the issue],” expressed the star of the Marvel movies. “I think having a moral psychology is Job 1. Sometimes, you just gotta go, ‘Yeah, I effed up.’ In my defense, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is about how wrong [blackface] is, so I take exception.”
Back in 2018, Stiller stood with Olympic Gold medalist Shaun White in the wake of his dressing as a disabled character in the film, Simple Jack, for his Halloween costume, stated People magazine.
“Actually ‘Tropic Thunder’ was boycotted 10 years ago when it came out, and I apologized then,” stated Stiller in another post. “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].”