Robert Downey Jr. who is not only known but also adored for his portrayal of Iron man in the MCU world has landed into a controversy – quite unexpectedly – for a 12-year-old movie of his. Playing the role of a black man in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder, RDJ was called out for opting for a ‘blackface’.
“Remember that time Robert Downey Jr. did full blackface and nobody said ANYTHING,” a Twitter user bashed the actor as some others also joined in.
However, like the critics, there were those who came up to support Downey and tried to pacify the situation.
“I see we’re at that magical time of the year again when someone on here clearly doesn’t understand the jokes in Tropic Thunder, so now we all have to take time out of our day to explain it to them. Don’t worry, we can all get through it together,” responded a fan.
This is however not the first time that the actor had to face controversy due to his character in this film. The last time it happened, Downey also had something to say in response.
“I [got] to hold up to nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they’re allowed to do on occasion, just my opinion,” he had said of the character that got him an Oscar nomination as well.
“And 90 percent of my Black friends were like, ‘Dude, that was great.’ I can’t disagree with [the other 10 percent], but I know where my heart lies. In my defense, Tropic Thunder is about how wrong [blackface] is, so I take exception,” added the actor.