In April 2016, Special Olympics leaders heard of a comedy bit that used the R-word in harsh ways. Here's how the story ended up in success.View Story ▼In April 2016, Special Olympics leaders heard of a comedy bit that used the R-word in harsh ways. It was in an on-demand special on Showtime. Comedian Gary Owen mocked people with intellectual disabilities. He used the R-word time after time. People who saw the clip were outraged. Special Olympics and other disability groups fought back. They urged Showtime to remove the segment. They asked Owen to meet with the people he had mocked.
Owen agreed. He asked Showtime to pull down that part of his show. Showtime did so. Owen then traveled to meet four people with intellectual disabilities in Washington, D.C. The four, Julie Petty, Loretta Claiborne, Frank Stephens and Ricardo Thornton, told Owen their personal stories.
After the meeting, Owen agreed not to use the R-word in his shows.
About Christy Weir:I am the director of media and public relations for Special OlympicsView less ▲