Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Boycott 21 JumpStreet

AspergerSadie has tweeted the trailer for 21 JumpStreet.

What you find in one of the scenes is a character attempting to denigrate someone by calling them "autistic." I suppose since it is not politically correct anymore to call people the "r" word, the lamebrains that run Hollywood, decided to substitute "autistic." And of course Hollywood is nothing if not politically correct. Right?

Heaven forbid that they just not use negative stereotyping, derogatory statements and obnoxious idiocy in movies. Heaven forbid that the movie studios actually have some respect for the people they market to and use these movies to not add to the atmosphere of bullying throughout the country.  Too had that Hollywood is so self-enamored that they think they can do anything without consequence and call it freedom of speech and artistic license.

Yes I am all for freedom of speech. But just because you have a right to do something doesn't mean you should. Just because you have a right to be an ass doesn't mean what you do isn't hurtful and doesn't have consequences. Those who live in their own little worlds, in those small enclaves called Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Malibu, should be held to account for their malfeasance just like anyone else. These celebrities like to tell us all how to live and who to vote for, its time we did the same to them and pointed out when they "bite the big one."

I have to be honest. I was looking forward to this movie, not because it was a comedy. I had no idea that it was supposed to be a comedy. The show itself was a drama. But 21 JumpSreet was a television show from my younger days and one in which two very famous stars got their start, Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson-Peete. So I thought perhaps, in some way, they were gong to do something quite fun with this idea. (The irony here is that Robinson-Peete is a major autism advocate.)

Too bad. Hollywood blew it big time. They went for crude, ignorant and disgusting, as opposed to entertainment for a purpose. Use comedy to teach. Use comedy to inform. Use comedy to show us ourselves and turn us into better people. But instead Hollywood uses comedy to allow another form of bigotry that crosses the line.

It is time to tell Hollywood..NO YOU CANNOT...just because you make movies like Adam..doesn't mean you can make movies like 21 JumpStreet with impunity.

BOYCOTT 21 JUMPSTREET. Let Hollywood know, they had better learn to respect our children and ourselves. If you don't, you can rest assured that while this may be the first time "autistic" is used as an insult, it won't be the last.

By the way, here is the trailer if you want to watch it. See for yourselves.




Until next time,


Elise