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Justin Theroux Responds to 'Zoolander 2' Transphobia Claims

Justin Theroux Responds to 'Zoolander 2' Transphobia Claims

Justin Theroux is responding to claims that he is transphobic after the Zoolander 2 trailer featured a character (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch) that made light of transgender individuals.

The character is named All and Ben Stiller‘s Zoolander asks “Are you like a male model or female model?” to which All replies, “All is all.” Justin wrote the film.

“I don’t even know what to make of it, because it hurts my feelings in a way. I take great care in the jokes I write, and the umbrage being taken is out of the context of the scene. I wish people would see the movie first. Satire is a thing that points out the idiots…” Justin told The Wrap.

Another of Justin‘s films, Tropic Thunder, has also received backlash for the use of the “r” word.

“The goal was not to mock or be cruel to the mentally challenged, but exalt in the stupidity of people who use that word. I’m all for letting words be ugly when the target is correct,” Justin said. “With social media and all the rest of it, people’s issues need to be heard … at the end of the day people are looking for bandwidth. People are looking for places to inject their voice. But our target is not, and never was, to disenfranchise anyone.”

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  • Little Paper Stars

    Justin Zoolander. Proof read your headlines!

  • girl93

    He shouldn’t apologize. These days everbody gets offended with a stupid joke.

  • urkel

    This is the danger of bloggers. They take the tiniest, most inconsequential opinionators and then give them a megaphone. And then other blogs take the non-story and amplify it more. And in just a few hours then we’ve got headlinesand a big Hollywood apology for something that offended 3 humorless whiny attention seekers that probably weren’t even that offended in the first place.

  • urkel

    Hey. I take offense to your phrasing. My sister is stupid and you have no right to use it to describe jokes.

  • j k

    lol… Retarded is the “r word” now?
    Retarded retarded retarded RETARDED

  • plez

    Theroux said “The goal was not to mock or be cruel to the mentally challenged, but exalt in the stupidity of people who use that word.”

    Jennifer Aniston has used the word retarded. Plus she never apoligized about it when peopled questioned her about using it. So either he is calling her stupid or he is lying about caring so much about calling out those that use the word. Or maybe both are true.

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  • alex

    how is it that jokes about for example religion are ok, but when it comes to gays and trans people it suddenly is a discrimination ?
    btw it looks as if U have different opinion U should keep it to yourself or otherwise you are considered to be a hater …

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