Ann Coulter calls Obama the “r” word, catches hell for it

The bad news is, Anne Coulter actually tweeted this:

I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.

But it’s Anne Coulter, and as some folks say in the South, what do you expect from a pig but a grunt? The good news is, people are ripping her a new one for it. They’re calling her on the ableism, the disrespect to the president and just how generally hurtful that word is to kids (and adults) who are not neurotypical. While most of the Tweets you can read at the link come from ordinary folks, I thought given what Hathor’s all about, you might enjoy a couple from female celebrities:

Singer Michelle Branch tweeted as well, saying, “I don’t care who you are. The “R” word is so absolutely disgusting,” and Oscar winner Marlee Matlin noted, “Despite our differences, it’s NOT ok to use the “R” word. Consider millions of developmentally challenged Americans. It’s just UNBELIEVABLE.”

Sadly, some of the comments on the linked article make fun of Coulter’s looks. There’s a sense of “turn about, fair play” with this, but it’s actually perpetuating the idea that we should make fun of people superficially instead of digging deeper to figure out what is really wrong with someone like Coulter. And what’s wrong with her is that she is an asshole. She’s either willing to hurt anyone to generate shock publicity for herself, or she’s just incredibly hateful.

It’s people like Coulter who should be stigmatized and shunned, not people with developmental challenges.

Comments

  1. sbg says

    I would urge everyone to read this open letter to Ann Coulter, from a John Franklin Stephens, Global Messenger for the Special Olympics and a man with Down Syndrome.

    It’s beautiful.

  2. Red says

    I read that article. Beautifully done! Such grace and class from that man.

    I have an 8 year-old nephew with autism and he’s one of the sweetest kids. He has a perpetually wide-eyed, innocent look. He is also enormously affectionate; giving hugs and kisses to everyone. He has a mom, two siblings and many aunts and uncles (namely his mommy’s sisters, one of whom is me!) grandparents and others who help out in anyway possible.

    If ANYONE called him ‘retard’, that person wouldn’t be able to hide.

    One article pointed out that someone like Ann is playing to a base and the only way to be rid of her is to ignore her. Kinda like how we’re encouraged to ignore the internet trolls. Don’t know how well it would work in her case. It’s nice to dream, though.

    Another thing that gets me is that there are people who are saying ‘hey, liberals, etc have called conservatives, etc. WORSE names and such.” And at makes what Ann said okay HOW???

    I don’t condone name-calling of that caliber from ANYONE in the public eye. Whether it’s words like ‘slut’ or ‘retard’, it doesn’t matter. If someone in such a public position demeans themselves with the use of such language, they should be called out on it and taken to task.

    Which means such juvenile, grade-school antics should be kept OUT of politics.

    But people seem to care me about being entertained than actually addressing the issues. Which means they don’t really care about their own future or our country’s future and well-being.

  3. says

    sbg,

    I saw that. It’s the sort of attitude Coulter espouses that fuels the pressure to abort Downs fetuses, so if you really wanna stop that baby killin’, you might consider taking issue with what she said instead of defending it.

    Red,
    I always have mixed feelings about giving people like Coulter any coverage at all. I do picture them rubbing their hands together in glee at all the publicity. And yet, us talking about it sheds light on something many don’t realize is a problem.

    And no, these people don’t care about the future of their country or themselves. They don’t even grasp that the future has architects.

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