Ben Stiller: I stand by Shaun White’s ‘Tropic Thunder’ costume

He said what he said. Ben Stiller maintains his stance on his portrayal of a person with special needs in Tropic Thunder, following Shaun White’s controversial decision to dress up as the character for Halloween.

The Zoolander star, 52, responded to a Twitter follower who suggested boycotting the 2008 film after the professional snowboarder, 32, issued an apology for dressing up as Simple Jack — Stiller’s disabled character in the film — for the festive holiday.

“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,” the Along Came Polly actor tweeted in response. “I stand by my apology, the movie, Shaun White, And the great people and work of the @SpecialOlympics.”

Above: Ben Stiller as Simple Jack in "Tropic Thunder."

Groups representing the mentally disabled, including the Special Olympics and the American Association of People with Disabilities, slammed the film ahead of its release in August 2008 over the loose usage of the r-word. The movie — starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black — was also written, directed and produced by Stiller.

White apologized on Monday, October 29, after he was widely criticized for his eyebrow-raising costume. “I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice of Halloween costume the other night. It was a last minute decision. It was the wrong one. ” he wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “The Special Olympics were right to call me out on it. They do great work supporting so many athletes and I am sorry for being insensitive. Lesson learned.”

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor during 'Fight Club' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann's Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller attend the premiere of 'What Women Want' on December 13, 2000 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Ben Stiller and Actress Christine Taylor attend the Eighth Annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 25, 2001 at Morton's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - Fashion model Claudia Schiffer with Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor at the New York Lot 61 reception for 'Black and White. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Ben Stiller & wife Christine Taylor during TNT-'Come Together' A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music Dedicated to New York City and its People - Backstage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
�2001 RAMEY PHOTO Actor BEN STILLER and his wife, actress Christine Taylor take in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs Friday, May 25, 2001 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. 052501 JR (Photo by �2004 Phil Ramey/RameyPix/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor during Project A.L.S. 5th Annual New York City Gala 'Tomorrow is Tonight' Benefit at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor during Los Angeles Conservancy 26th Anniversary Gala at Union Station in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor during New York Premiere of Duplex at Beekman Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller during 2003 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for ESPN)
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller during 'Meet the Fockers' Los Angeles Premiere at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller during 'Meet the Fockers' Los Angeles Premiere at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor during Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Host a Grand Classics Screening of 'Sweet Smell of Success' with YSL at the Playboy Mansion at Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for Harrison & Shriftman)
LONDON - AUGUST 17: Actor Ben Stiller and his wife actress Christine Taylor arrive at the UK Premiere of 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story' at the Odeon Kensington on August 17, 2004 in London. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor during 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story' World Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor during 8th Annual Tomorrow is Tonight Benefit at Cipriani's 42nd Street in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller during 'Madagascar' New York City Premiere at The Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 6: Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor arrive at the 5th Annual Project A.L.S. Benefit Gala at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel on May 6, 2005 in Century City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: Actor Ben Stiller and his wife actress Christine Taylor attend the 20th Century Fox premiere of 'Night At The Museum' at the American Museum Of Natural History December 17, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 23: Actor Ben Stiller (R) and wife actress Christine Taylor arrive at the premiere of 'Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 23, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor during 2006 ESPY Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage for ESPN)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Christine Taylor and Actor Ben Stiller arrives at 'The Heartbreak Kid' premiere at the Mann Village Theatre on September 27, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15: Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller attend 'The Who's Tommy' 15th Anniversary Concert at August Wilson Theatre on December 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
Actor Ben Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor arrive at the premiere of 'I Love You, Man' held at Mann's Village Theater on March 17, 2009 in Westwood, California. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Actors Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller attend the 13th Annual Tomorrow is Tonight Benefit at Lucky Strike on October 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor arrive at BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on November 30, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For BAFTA Los Angeles)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor attend the 2011 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2011 in New York City.
Honoree, actor Ben Stiller and actress/wife Christine Taylor arrive at the 26th American Cinematheque Award Gala honoring Ben Stiller at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor attend the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 15: Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor attends the UK Premiere of 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' at Empire Leicester Square on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 3: Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor attend Day 10 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Christine Taylor and husband Ben Stiller pose backstage at 'On The Town' on Broadway at The Lyric Theater on March 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Ben Stiller (L) and Christine Taylor attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Ben Stiller (L) and Christine Taylor attend a Fashionable Screening of the Paramount Pictures film 'Zoolander No. 2' at Empire Leicester Square on February 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Christine Taylor, Ella Olivia Stiller, and Ben Stiller attend the 'Groundhog Day' Broadway Opening Night at August Wilson Theatre on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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