Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is in for even more complaints. It’s true that the movie has raised quite a few eyebrows since the time it hit the big screen. However, this time the movie received its complaints from disability advocate organizations that were complaining about the use of the R-word (Retard) and its suggestion of drug-induced “cerebral palsy” type behavior in the movie.
Peter Berns, CEO of disability group the Arc and Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, issued a joint statement saying that the movie has discussed numerous issues and has offended numerous parties all at the same time, however, they say that one issue has yet to be discussed that the movie has raised and that is the use of the word ‘Retard’ and the way the word has been related in a way as to mock people with cerebral palsy which is completely unacceptable.
For those of us who are not familiar with the condition, Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term denoting a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the various areas of body movement.
The film makers have not yet been reported to have responded to the complaints but they did say that the movie is a ‘Cautionary Tale’. With Leonardo DiCaprio saying: “I hope people understand we’re not condoning this behaviour, that we’re indicting it … if you sit through the end of the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world.”