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Justin Theroux Says Accusations of Transphobia in Zoolander 2 Hurt His Feelings

He's not backing down

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Malcolm Venable

Justin Theroux, one of the scriptwriters of Zoolander 2, is speaking out, now that a petition for a boycott of the film has tripled in signatures since it began in November. The petition says that Benedict Cumberbatch's gender ambiguous character is a negative depiction of transgendered people, an accusation Theroux calls misguided.

"I don't even know what to make of it, because it hurts my feelings in a way," he told The Wrap. I take great care in the jokes I write, and the umbrage being taken is out of the context of the scene. I wish people would see the movie first."

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Why is there a petition to boycott Zoolander 2?

It's not the first time one of his scripts has caused controversy: his screenplay for the 2008 film Tropic Thunder, which he wrote with Ben Stiller and Etan Cohen, took some heat for portraying Robert Downey Jr. in blackface and using the word "retard" in dialogue, angering disabled groups.

"Satire is a thing that points out the idiots," he said. "Our target is not, and never was, to disenfranchise anyone."

What do you think? Should people wait to see the movie or does the petition have merit? Take a look at the trailer below and sound off. Zoolander 2 is slated to open Feb. 12.