Throwing around the word “retarded” to denigrate people you disagree with politically is not a Liberal thing or a Conservative thing, a Right or a Left thing, it is simply a bad thing. And Ann Coulter should know better.
But evidently she doesn’t know better because on Sept. 26th Ms. Coulter tweeted, "Been busy, but is Obama STILL talking about that video? I had no idea how crucial the retarded vote is in this election."
This isn’t a just a gaffe or a poor choice of words... it is blatant disrespect for an entire group of people who, through no fault of their own, are mentally delayed.
This is the sort of insult that prompted the left-leaning media to demand to know why there have not been apologies made to Sarah Palin for jokes about her son Trig. On FOX, the rants about hypocrisy have been flying, and the demands for an apology have not stopped.
Wayne Brady did apologize on Comedy Central for his inappropriate and rude joke about Trig Palin. And when Obama made his Special Olympics joke on the Jay Leno show, there was an outcry from the public and the President did the right thing by calling Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver to apologize.
It’s Ann Coulter’s turn to give a public apology to the mentally disabled and to those who care about them. It is her turn to acknowledge that the use of the slur “retarded” is crass and unacceptable in all situations. It is time for Ann Coulter to make the pledge to stop using the demeaning R-word.
Please join in the effort to educate Ann Coulter on how important it is to show respect for all groups of people. Tell her how it feels to have someone you love used as totem for frustration and disgust. She can be reached on twitter: @AnnCoulter.
Though her website does not have a contact email, you can email the hosts of the shows she regularly appears on and tell them to call her out and ask for an apology from her:
The O’Reilly Factor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Today Show
Good Morning America
The Glenn Beck Show (email@example.com)