I’ve talked about my son Cody on more than one occasion. More specifically, I’ve talked about his autism and how challenging it can be, but also how much of an amazing gift he is to our family and everyone he comes in contact with. Last week I wrote a post about something I feel strongly about, Spread the word to end the word - the R word. I’d love a world where that word didn’t exist and I’d love a world where those who are different weren’t made fun of or called names. I also don’t think it’s too much to expect that those in Hollywood who make films and the actors who star in them to not sell that kind of behavior as humor. I must be over sensitive.
I hadn’t seen Jonah Hill in a film before I watched the movie Moneyball. I like baseball, but I’m not a huge fan. I found Jonah Hill’s acting in that movie to be impressive. I thought he would probably do really well in a comedy, so when I saw that he was in the upcoming film, 21 Jump Street, I was eager to see the preview and eventually the movie. I never watched the television show, but Paul assured me that probably wouldn’t matter and I agreed since it was so long ago and I’m sure I’m not alone. We were about to watch another movie when the trailer played for 21 Jump Street. Initially I thought it looked funny and not just Jonah Hill, but the rest of the cast as well. At one point I thought my ears were playing tricks on me because I heard a joke that made my jaw drop and my mama bear instincts begin to rise. There’s a scene where one of the characters questions another’s intelligence by asking him if he’s autistic. He’s not a medical professional giving a diagnosis. It’s clearly meant as an insult and not at all a joke as I’m sure they intended. Actually, I’m not sure what they intended. I’m not sure what they were thinking when they thought it would be funny to use autistic in such a derogatory way. I can assure you that autism has nothing to do with intelligence as some kids with autism are highly intelligent, they just learn very differently than the rest of us. I’m utterly disappointed and disgusted that this has happened in Hollywood. In 2012. The only thing that I am grateful for is the fact that this scene was in the trailer so that I don’t waste any of my money on the film.
Here’s the trailer: the scene is at about the 3:30 mark and I have to warn you that this particular trailer is NSFW, so be careful where you view it and who is nearby.