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Shaun White Apologizes for "Offensive" 'Tropic Thunder' Halloween Costume

Shaun White Apologizes for "Offensive" 'Tropic Thunder' Halloween Costume

6:36 AM PDT 10/30/2018 by Ryan Parker

“It was a last-minute decision. It was the wrong one," the gold medalist and occasional actor said.

Shaun White issued an apology Monday after he was blasted by the Special Olympics for his choice of Halloween costume â€" Simple Jack, a highly offensive character from the 2008 film Tropic Thunder.

The 32-year-old Olympic gold medalist â€" and occasional actor â€" posted a photo over the weekend of himself as the character played by Ben Stiller. It has since been taken down and a mea culpa has gone up.

"I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice of Halloween costume the other night,” White said in a statement. “It was a last-minute decision. It was the wrong one. The Special Olympics were righ t to call me on it."

Soeren Palumbo, co-founder of the Special Olympics, told Huffington Post in a statement the organization was “truly disappointed” in the professional snowboarder.

“We are truly disappointed that Shaun White, an acclaimed Olympian, would choose this costume which is so offensive and causes so much pain. Disability is not a joke nor should it be a punchline. We hope that Shaun White and others learn that this just continues stigma, stereotypes and discrimination.”

In Tropic Thunder, Simple Jack was an over-the-top mentally handicapped character, played by Ben Stiller's fading star, Tugg Speedman, to mock obvious Oscar-bait films involving someone with disabilities.

The character was condemned by a number of groups in 2008.

Source: Google News Hollywood

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