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Old 08-20-10, 10:49 AM
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Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

...Well, more like for using the word "retarded." Seriously, does anyone really care about this?

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08...pt=P1&iref=NS1

Jennifer Aniston’s press tour for “The Switch” hasn’t been without controversial debate, but this time the actress seems to have said one word too many.

The 41-year-old star made her way to “Live! With Regis and Kelly” Thursday and let the word “retard” slip in the middle of a self-deprecating remark.

Aniston was chatting with Regis Philbin and Kristin Cruz from Los Angeles radio station 103.5 about her Harper’s Bazaar Barbra Streisand photos. Cruz asked how she got in the mood to “really embody” Streisand, and Aniston replied, “I play dress-up. I do it for a living, like a retard.”


The audience chuckled, and guest host Cruz kept rolling with a follow-up question, but the comment hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Many are reacting on the Web to Aniston’s statement, with some on Twitter saying that her use of the word has led to a loss of respect for the actress - one person even tweeted that they're thinking twice about heading out to see "The Switch." Meanwhile, The Special Olympics Movement has issued a statement of their own.

“Special Olympics is always disappointed when the R-word is used, especially by someone who is influential to society,” the statement reads. “The pervasive use of the R-word, even in an off the cuff self-deprecating manner, dehumanizes people with intellectual disabilities and perpetuates painful stereotypes that are a great source of suffering and negative stigma.”

The organization added, “We hope everyone will take our pledge to stop using the R-word and promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities at www.r-word.org.”

Jennifer Aniston's representation has not yet responded to requests for comment.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

People are way too thin skinned now a days. Everyone has to complain about something.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

Al Sharpton almost jumped in on this but noticed it was Jennifer Anniston and not Jennifer Hudson
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the only people it offends are not smart enough to know they should be offended.
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She should have referred to herself as a "retarded-American".
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This is the same as when guys call each other "gay". It isn't meant as a sign of disrespect to someone who is actually gay; it's just a term used in common parlance. I highly doubt anyone who uses the word "retard" would ever intentionally disrespect someone with a mental issue.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

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This is the same as when guys call each other "gay". It isn't meant as a sign of disrespect to someone who is actually gay; it's just a term used in common parlance. I highly doubt anyone who uses the word "retard" would ever intentionally disrespect someone with a mental issue.
While I agree in many cases this is true, to say everyone who uses the term gay or retard is not disrespecting these people is simply not based in reality.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal View Post
This is the same as when guys call each other "gay". It isn't meant as a sign of disrespect to someone who is actually gay; it's just a term used in common parlance. I highly doubt anyone who uses the word "retard" would ever intentionally disrespect someone with a mental issue.
I'd agree if we were talking about the term "retarded" as the term seems to have transcended it's origins but the quote was specifically "like a retard" which sounds more offensive to me. One is generic while the other seems specific.

Definitely a fine line between the two words and their usage, but either way the fact we are having this discussion is retarded.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

F the people who are offended by any usage of retard, retarded, R-Tard, el retardo, etc.

I HATE these freakin PC morons who make everything SUCH a big deal. I wouldn't doubt if they are, in fact, Retards..full blown drooling, finger-snapping, bobbley-headed, one weird eye, high pitched voiced retards.

And I don't even like Jennifer Aniston that much! I just loathe PC Thuggees.
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Well she has expressed on many occasion the possibility of going for artificial insemination when there are millions of guys out there will do it for free. So if the shoe fits.........
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While I agree in many cases this is true, to say everyone who uses the term gay or retard is not disrespecting these people is simply not based in reality.
You are such a gay retard.
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I agree with Aniston. Streisand is a retard.
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You are such a gay retard.
Stop being gay, you retards.
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Shes one retard I would fuck.
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The whole thing reminds me of the South Park episode with the biker ****. Such a weird world we live in where South Park is the voice of reason...
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^ Very True
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I caught an old episode of I Dream Of Jeannie the other day. At one point, Major Healey says to Major Nelson, "You've got retarded retinas or something", referencing him thinking Jeannie wasn't attractive. I was shocked that it hadn't been edited out and thought to myself how it wouldn't be allowed today, even though it's a perfectly apt remark.
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She should know better than use the r-word. They prefer to be called mongoloids.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

Not that either really bother me, but I think there is a difference between using the words "retarded" and "retard". "Retard" is almost always used in a negative manner while "retarded" is neutral and just a descriptive word to define someone's medical condition. Unless "retarded" is the new "black", "Indian", or "Oriental" and not supposed to be used. Wouldn't surprise me.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

You don't call retarded people "retards". That would be in bad taste. You call your friends "retards" when they're acting retarded.
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Re: Jennifer Aniston Gets Flack for Being Retarded

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People are way too thin skinned now a days. Everyone has to complain about something.
As a sufferer of Epidermal Tenuitis, I am deeply offended by your use of the term"thin-skinned." My fellow sufferers and I prefer the term "E.T.s." I have already written to my congressman.
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Originally Posted by Quatermass View Post
As a sufferer of Epidermal Tenuitis, I am deeply offended by your use of the term"thin-skinned." My fellow sufferers and I prefer the term "E.T.s." I have already written to my congressman.
Shouldn't you phone your congressman instead?
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with some on Twitter saying that her use of the word has led to a loss of respect for the actress
Twits!
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Ironic given that I have no respect for those who use Twitter.

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