The actor has come underneath fireplace on Twitter from customers who’ve lately found his function in Ben Stiller’s 2008 satire Tropic Thunder… however didn’t appear to do their analysis earlier than criticizing the movie. Robert Downey Jr. is going through backlash right this moment for a comedy function he performed over a decade in the past.
Tropic Thunder, written by Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, and Etan Cohen, is without doubt one of the extra memorable comedies of the century up to now for the best way it rolled its eyes on the extra pretentious and useless denizens of Hollywood, as portrayed within the movie by Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. The movie revolves across the making of a Vietnam Battle film, with Downey Jr. taking part in Kirk Lazarus, an Australian actor who’s so dedicated to Technique appearing that he will get “pigmentation alteration” surgical procedure as a way to authentically painting a Black sergeant.
In the present day, although, a Twitter mob that didn’t acknowledge the satirical tone of Tropic Thunder jumped to accuse Downey Jr. of deliberately and non-ironically darkening his pores and skin within the movie.
“Keep in mind that time Robert Downey jr did full blackface and no person stated ANYTHING,” tweeted one consumer, with others piling on to criticize Downey Jr. for the function and query why he by no means apologized.
There was swift backlash to the tweets from Tropic Thunder followers, who defended Downey Jr. and reminded critics concerning the story behind the character he performed. “I see we’re at that magical time of the yr once more when somebody on right here clearly doesn’t perceive the jokes in Tropic Thunder, so now all of us need to take day trip of our day to clarify it to them. Don’t fear, we will all get via it collectively,” one consumer tweeted.
Downey Jr. has defended the role previously, telling Joe Rogan on his podcast this yr why he selected to play Kirk Lazarus. Per IndieWire: “I [got] to carry as much as nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they assume they’re allowed to do occasionally, simply my opinion,” he stated. “And 90 per cent of my Black buddies have been like, ‘Dude, that was nice.’ I can’t disagree with [the other 10 per cent], however I do know the place my coronary heart lies…In my protection, Tropic Thunder is about how fallacious [blackface] is, so I take exception.”
See the controversy for your self beneath:
Each few months somebody will discover out about Tropic Thunder after which not acknowledge the context of his character being a loopy methodology actor taking it to far to the irritation of the particular black characters. https://t.co/OL3lMvIW3o
— Demiface (@SirDemiface) April 30, 2020
asking robert downey jr to apologise for tropic thunder is like asking leonardo dicaprio to apologise for saying the n phrase in django https://t.co/EZM9nAKyMV
— mia (@miaxmon) April 30, 2020
Those that have by no means seen Tropic Thunder: https://t.co/4ArGgOj2pw
— not a demon (@lookitstaylorrr) April 30, 2020
Each month, folks expose themselves on this web site for not ever watching the greatness that’s Tropic Thunder or not having the mind to grasp the subjects inside Tropic Thunder https://t.co/H5Zhir5ZZY
— Satta ✨🍷 (@QueenSatta) April 30, 2020