'Tower Heist's controversial seizure joke
Tower Heist director Brett Ratner apologized for a joke in the trailer to his upcoming comedy that targets epileptics. Actor Greg Grunberg (Heroes), who has a 15-year-old son with epilepsy, took issue with the scene, which features a con played by Eddie Murphy calling an old childhood pal played by Ben Stiller “little seizure boy.” On Thursday, he tweeted, “TERRIBLY OFFENSIVE TRAILER for #TowerHeist – Making fun @ people w/ seizures is NOT FUNNY & WRONG! “Seizure Boy!” REALLY? #Boycott RT.”
On Saturday, Ratner apologized. “I am so sorry you are offended … I sincerely feel bad,” Ratner wrote to Grunberg, according to a statement posted on Grunberg’s epileptic foundation’s website, TalkAboutIt.org.
“THANKS @BrettRatner for ur SINCERE APOLOGY to the Epilepsy Community!,” Grunberg tweeted soon after. “I’m lifting my personal boycott of ur hilarious film #TowerHeist RT.”
You can see the trailer in question below.