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.