Liberals do it. Comedians do it. Actors do it. Conservatives do it. Seems like there is no end to the public figures who don’t realize it isn’t ok to make jokes or attack your foes by calling them “retarded”.
This time around it was political pundit Ann Coulter, who regularly appears on FOX news shows, that tweeted, "Been busy, but is Obama STILL talking about that video? I had no idea how crucial the retarded vote is in this election."
It was retweeted a little over 300 times... which really isn’t a lot on twitter for someone with close to 200,000 followers. Maybe that is because most people by now know better than to demean, marginalize, and crap on an entire group of people just to insult Obama voters.
Anyway, the tweet pissed me off... but the lack of reaction from Conservatives who give her a platform makes me furious. O’Reilly and Hannity are constantly complaining that the Left makes jokes about Sarah Palin’s son Trig who has Down syndrome. They are outraged on her behalf. They hammer home that the Left is a bunch of unapologetic hypocrites.
And Sean Hannity, oh my God, on his radio show and t.v. show he repeats daily —as indignantly as possible, “They (the Left) say we want kids with autism and Down syndrome to fend for themselves.” Well Sean, it is put up or shut up time. My three girls with Down syndrome cannot defend themselves against Ann Coulter’s use of their condition as an insult to her political enemies... are you gonna leave them to fend for themselves or are you gonna step up and call her out on this issue?
Ann has been made aware that her tweet was hurtful and offensive, and counter-productive to the advancement of people with disabilities. She has not deleted the tweet, nor tweeted an apology. Will those who pay her and give her a daily platform stand up for what’s right? Without reminders from us, it is doubtful.
Please email Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell them to “put up or shut up” to either defend people with Down syndrome or stop pretending to care about them for political purposes. And please take a minute to tweet @anncoulter to remind her that the r-word is offensive and an apology goes a long way.
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