Is It OK to Laugh at 'Retarded Policeman'?
August 6, 2008 10:51 AM
One of the most popular Web series these days is “Retarded Policeman,” which has been racking up the views over on YouTube.
But some viewers and Web watchers have expressed concern that the show is exploitative. That’s because the titular character is a retarded policeman who says shocking things, things that are all the more shocking because he is retarded. Because of the show’s popularity, some critics have asked if the show is making fun of retarded people.
But the lead actor, Josh Perry, has Down Syndrome and expressed his feelings about the part in this quite funny video post.
I, for one, think it’s terrific that the show’s creator, Mediocre Films, hired a retarded actor rather than just an actor to play a retarded character.
So I decided to solicit community feedback on the show. I posted a Twitter update earlier this week asking for feedback on the show and I have amassed it here.
“Enjoyed it but found it a little all over the map. From reference humour to zany slapstick to outright nonsense.”
“It's kinda like an aristocrats joke... a few seconds of laughter resulting in a few days of on and off guilt.”
“Wow...that's messed up on several levels...”
“Weak gimmick. Josh is actually a good actor. But, this is a one-shot funny, not a series.”
“The vid was funny, irreverent and very un pc! If Josh was cool with it, everyone else should be too. I loved his response...”
“Truly surprised how funny I found it.”
“It is one of my husband's favorite shows. At first he has cautious bc he was not sure of the intent—were they making fun of him?? Then he saw the star's parents were on it and the actor did some video responses etc explaining that he was an actor, his parents and sibling supported him and were protective of what he did. Once he figured out it was not done to humiliate the lead actor, he could enjoy it.”