Consequence of Sound
Shaun White landed in some very hot water when he published a photo of his "Simple Jack" Halloween costume to Instagram. He took the photo down and then issued a public apology when he was slammed by representatives of the Special Olympics. Simple Jack was a part of the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder, a mentally handicapped character played by Ben Stiller to court award nominations.
Stiller recently weighed in on the Shaun White controversy, somewhat cryptically. On Twitter, he responded to someone suggesting a boycott of Tropic Thunder.
"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."
Advocacy groups protested Tropic Thunder over the Simple Jack character and inclusion of the word "retard" in dialogue.
White wrote in his apology, "I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice of Halloween costume the other night. It was a last minute decision. It was the wrong one. The Special Olympics were right to call me out on it. They do great work supporting so many athletes and I am sorry for being insensitive. Lesson learned."