Is "retarded" offensive? 40 replies

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NiteStryker

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#1 11 years ago

Sarah Palin is throwing a hissy fit because a public figure said Obama's healthcare plan was "fucking retarded".

Obama chief of staff’s 'retarded' insult brings fallout, Palin criticism - Yahoo! News

Dating back to the time he worked in the Clinton administration, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has developed an almost notorious reputation in Washington for being a brash personality with a penchant for profanity-laced diatribes. Conversely, his intense nature, in addition to his sharp mind, are what many attribute to his success and effectiveness as a Washington power player. But a remark he made recently in a closed-door meeting attended by White House aides and leaders of liberal special-interest groups has irked many, prompting him to issue an apology.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Emanuel, exasperated upon learning that liberal special-interest groups were planning to run ads against conservative Democrats not supportive of health care reform, blasted the plan as "f------ retarded" over the summer. Naturally, some outrage ensued after Emanuel's words came to light, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin taking to her Facebook page to call on President Obama to fire him for what she saw as the equivalent of a racial slur.

Palin, whose son Trig is afflicted with Down syndrome, said she was informed of Emanuel's comment by a fellow parent of a special-needs child and pleaded with the president to "show decency" to the political process by "eliminating" the Chicago native from his inner circle.

In a post titled "Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?," Palin wrote, "Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the 'N-word' or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them — is unacceptable," adding, "it's heartbreaking."

In response to the outrage expressed by Palin and others, Politico reported today that an administration official informed them that Emanuel had already reached out to Special Olympics chairman and CEO Tim Shriver, who recently launched a campaign to end the use of "the R word."

What say you? Is the word "retarded" offensive?

IMO, I think some words have just become synonymous with other words, and that cant be undone. Words like "gay" and "retarded" simply are synonymous with stupid.

Also, I hate Palin and wish she would shut the hell up and crawl back to her cabin in Alaska.




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#2 11 years ago

I agree with you Nite, there is nothing anyone can do. Acting 'responsible' and not using 'gay' or 'retarded' won't make the next generation not use it. I don't think it's right, but there is nothing we can do.




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#3 11 years ago

People that hear something determine if it is offensive, not the people that speak it. It seems like an obvious thing but it seems like most people don't understand that. To Sarah Palin, yes "retarded" is offensive. She was offended, right? Therefore it is offensive.

The real question is, who else is offended by the word? And I can only speak for myself when I say I don't find words like retarded or gay offensive. Then again, I don't find anything offensive because it's just words. Unless someone is acting against me I don't care if they use negative words about me or whatever. It's just words, so why should I care?

I hope that babbling made sense.




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#4 11 years ago
Stratopwn3r;5230390I agree with you Nite, there is nothing anyone can do. Acting 'responsible' and not using 'gay' or 'retarded' won't make the next generation not use it. I don't think it's right, but there is nothing we can do.

How do we know if we don't try? I'd like to know how the hell half of these words became offensive. Why can't mentally challenged by an insult instead? What d-bag made up these rules?




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#5 11 years ago

I'm going one step further and proclaiming my hatred for retards. They do nothing but clog the system and cause grief.

Of course the word is going to be used offensively... It's a word used to describe people who can hardly count to 10 and enjoy eating their boogers.




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#6 11 years ago

Who cares?

Really? Retarded people?




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#7 11 years ago

That's the point right? If I say, "Dude...that's fucking gay" I mean your idea is retarded or you are a tard. If I say, "you're retarded" that means you are a fucking idiot or imbecile.




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#8 11 years ago

Only retards find it offensive.




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#9 11 years ago
Jeffro;5230867Only retards find it offensive.

hey i find that offensive...damn it.




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#10 11 years ago
(:o);5230873hey i find that offensive...damn it.

Shut up retard.:cool: