August 11, 2008

Mocking the Innocent

Caption reads, "Once upon a time there was a retard"


Yes, many have used this word for decades... yes, it has gone under the radar for these decades. Let's take it out of our vocabularies, okay? It's offensive.

I remember when I was little asking my mother what 'retarded' meant. Her answer was 'slow'. I never thought twice about the children in my schools who were 'slow'. It never occurred to me to mock or pick on these children because I was raised properly. I was taught to treat others kindly...regardless of color, disability, or lifestyle.

Let's spread that kindness...let Dreamworks know that portraying a person playing a character with a disability and calling them 'retarded' is UNACCEPTABLE and NOT FUNNY.

This clip is referring to the character that Ben Stiller played in his fictitious, and also part of the new movie "Tropic Thunder"..



My jaw literally dropped when I saw that clip. If you browse YouTube you will find that they took painstaking effort to make sure the racial issues in the movie were not offensive. They grossly overlooked the rest.

Shame on you Ben Stiller.

Does my use of this word offend you? It should. As my sister has said before, "It's kind of like throwing stuff at the kid with the helmet...just because you can."

Be offended and pass the word. Do not put money in this movie. Do not support picking on the innocent.

16 comments:

My Autism Insights said...

Personally, I find the word offensive, I find it offensive that they are indeed picking on the disabled, and I find the racial aspects offensive as well. What on earth were these people thinking?

PaulsHealthBlog.com said...

I have a cousin, Joe, who is five years older than me. He has retardation, yet lives in a community group home, in a single apartment.

He has two part-time jobs, including bagging groceries at a Harris Teeter and working in the kitchen at my mother's restaurant.

Joe is a sports nut, and loves Carolina basketball, as well as Redskins football. He also is big into pro wrestling, getting all the available pay-per-views. One time my brother and I asked if we could come over to his place and watch a WWE event, and Joe replied, "That will cost you ten dollars." What?!!!!

There are many, many capable people who do not work, are on welfare, expect a handout, etc. My cousin, Joe, puts them to shame.

Nikowa Lee {Quirky Mom} said...

AMEN GIRL! I haven't heard of this...VERY offensive.

painted maypole said...

namecalling is always offensive

My name is Kristie said...

This is the first that I've heard of this movie. It is offensive.

Some other things that come to mind are when people are having an off kind of day and they say I've got ADD or I'm Dyslexic. I hear kids and adults say these kinds of things all the time.

Makes me angry.

Kristie

Bahama Mama said...

Very good post - I blogged on this issue also:

http://cabrelli.blogspot.com/2008/08/we-dont-normally-use-this-blog-to-post.html

Jennifer said...

I have always found that word offensive. Mocking the innocent is right and it's shameful.

Thanks for posting, Andie.

Kim said...

Finally got it to work.....Thanks for this post! You are absolutely right, it is offensive and I am not easily offended! I'll be curious to see how it's accepted by the general public, it'll be a great statement on who we have become as a culture.

VeRonda said...

Wow!... I agree. But, I need to add something. Although you mentioned that the racial issues were made non-offensive, I have to add that someone "pretending" to be black is as offensive as it gets. The reason is, whether joking or perpetuating ignorance, a person "acting" is doing just that... while, whether on a good day or bad or indifferent, my skin isn't removable and I can't just "fit it" depending on the crowd. Now while I don't see my skin as a sort of deformity, it has a lot of history behind it. That said, I agree with your stance. The world would be a better place, again joking or not, if we practiced loving one another despite our differences.

Angela DeRossett said...

Thank you Veronda for adding that. I don't know some people can teach their kids tolerance when some adults behave so badly. Besides, there are so many more things that make us the same, why focus on the differences--and make fun of them on top of that? Sheesh!

Jessica said...

what the HECK!!! i'm fuming...

BarbaraRae said...

I not only think of it as offensive, I think it is mean! When I use to hear normal students at high school make similar comments, I would take them aside and ask them how they would like to be talked about like that? They were usually speechless to be confronted on the topic!
I have removed can't from my clients vocabulary and strive daily to take DIS out of disability and focus on their abilities!

Bonnie said...

I also hate this word. I tried to watch the YouTube clip, but it has been taken down. Maybe thats a good sign. Maybe they will do some editing before the release.

Connie said...

I'm so glad to see that someone else feels the same as I do. It is such a common term now that it's used everywhere. It hurts me to the core.

Thanks for the first YouTube video. I will pass it along on my blog to spread the word.

Jim said...

My wife and I have had our issues with similar mocking photos, comments and etc.

This will be a good topic to bring up in my blog now that I am ready to get back to blogging again.

Good to see you again.

Jim

Maddy said...

I have the impression that everything has fizzled out now. Do you?
Best wishes