Despite being released almost 20 years ago, Tropic Thunder continues to generate controversy, and lead actor Ben Stiller has stated that he does not apologize for it.
When it was released in 2008, the movie faced boycotts from some viewers who were offended by its portrayal of disabled individuals and minority groups. In the film, Robert Downey Jr. from Marvel dons blackface, which also drew criticism.
Nonetheless, Stiller has affirmed that he remains "proud" of the comedic film.
A fan urged Stiller to "stop apologizing" for the 2008 film, asserting that it is now even funnier in light of modern cancel culture.
Tagging the actor, they wrote: "Please stop apologizing for doing this movie. It was and still is funny AF. Even funnier now with cancel culture the way it is. It's a MOVIE. Ya'll can just get over it."
"I was DYING laughing when I first saw it back in the day and so was everyone else."
Accompanying the post was a screenshot of a previous tweet alleging that the star of Meet the Parents had been compelled to apologize for Tropic Thunder.
Responding to the fan, Stiller wrote: "I make no apologies for Tropic Thunder. Don't know who told you that. It's always been a controversial movie since when we opened. Proud of it and the work everyone did on it."
This is not the first instance in which he has spoken about the controversy surrounding the film, which depicts a fictional group of actors caught up in jungle warfare and parodies of Apocalypse Now.
In 2018, Olympic athlete Shaun White dressed up as the neurodivergent character Jeff Portnoy, portrayed by Jack Black in Tropic Thunder.
This sparked a strong backlash from some of his fans, and the snowboarder ultimately apologized for his actions on social media, acknowledging that he had made a "wrong" decision.
During that time, Stiller also addressed the incident when a former fan on Twitter called for a renewed boycott of the film.
He wrote: "Actually Tropic Thunder was boycotted 10-years-ago when it came out, and I apologized then."
"It was always meant to make fun of actors trying to do anything to win awards. I stand by my apology, the movie, Shaun White, And the great people and work of the @SpecialOlympics".
Stiller is not the only actor in the film who has refused to apologize for their role.
In an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience, actor Robert Downey Jr. expressed a similar viewpoint.
In his defense of the film, he stated that: "It was impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie."