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Kirk Lazarus: Everybody knows you never go full retard.
Tugg Speedman: What do you mean?
Kirk Lazarus: Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man, look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho'. Not retarded. You know Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump. Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and he won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded. Peter Sellers, Being There. Infantile, yes. Retarded, no. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don't buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, I Am Sam. Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed...

"Moviegoers love the mentally challenged. Or rather, the quirky, innocent versions who show up in one inspirational movie after another. To take home the gold you need to play the kind of mental handicap that just makes you quirky — or even better, gives you special powers somehow. You can't actually show audiences what life is like for these people. Who the fuck wants that?"
Adam Brown, editor, 6 Cheap Acting Tricks That Fool The Critics Every Time (#2: Get Retarded!).

"The diseased/addicted/mentally impaired always get the Oscar."
Hollywood Rule Book, Vanity Fair

"Hi, Support Group Hazel. Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could."
Isaac, freshly blind, in The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

"Let me be clear about the intent of this inspiration porn; it's there so that non-disabled people can put their worries into perspective. So they can go, 'Oh well if that kid who doesn't have any legs can smile while he's having an awesome time, I should never, EVER feel bad about my life'. It's there so that non-disabled people can look at us and think 'well, it could be worse... I could be that person'. In this way, these modified images exceptionalise and objectify those of us they claim to represent. It's no coincidence that these genuinely adorable disabled kids in these images are never named: it doesn't matter what their names are, they're just there as objects of inspiration."
Stella Young, The Drum

"When I moved to Toronto, there was a man in a wheelchair, and he decided he was going to climb the CN Tower in his wheelchair. He wanted to do it for two reasons: Number 1, to raise money for charity, and number 2, to change the attitudes people have towards handicapped people. And not only did he succeed in one, he succeeded in both. 'Cause not only did he climb the CN Tower, he changed my attitude when he did it. 'Cause now I think, 'If a man in a wheelchair can climb the CN Tower, step by step, flight after flight, all by himself, with no trouble whatsoever, all in under, like... 5 hours nonetheless, well, it's quite clear to me that they don't need to park so close to the goddamn mall anymore!' They should save those spots for the fat people, that's what I'm tryin' to say."
— Comedian Casey Corbin

"Mental Illness. It's the thing actors pretend to have in order to win Oscars."


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