Cheers

Recognizing celebrities, public officials and media outlets that champion the effort to remove the R-word from everyday speech. 

Fox Searchlight's "The Ringer" (Dec 23, 2005)

Fox Searchlight's "The Ringer" took a big step in representing equality in Hollywood for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The film features over 150 athletes and actors with intellectual disabilities, who were portrayed with compassion and dignity.

Fox Filmed Entertainment's "Miss March" (Aug 1, 2009)

Fox Filmed Entertainment helps to eliminate the use of the R-word in everyday speech by removing numerous uses of the R-Word from the DVD release of the movie "Miss March." When initially released in March 2009, the theatrical version of "Miss March" contained multiple, offensive uses of the R-word. 

ABC's "The View" (Feb 1, 2010)

The panel on ABC's "The View" discuss society's use of the word "retard(ed)." 

Rahm Emanuel (Feb 5, 2010)

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel takes the R-Word pledge. 

Joe Jonas (Feb 17, 2010)

Musician Joe Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, takes the R-Word pledge

Nancy O’Dell (Feb 27, 2011)

Television personality Nancy O'Dell takes the R-word pledge.

Bill O’Reilly (Feb 28, 2010)

Bill O'Reilly recognizes Special Olympics after youth attending the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games reached out to him about the word "retarded" being used by guest Dick Morris on the Feb 9 episode. He acknowledged that words matter and that the show (and everyone) shouldn't use the word. 

John C. McGinley (Feb 2, 2010)

Actor John C. McGinley of the hit-show “Scrubs” pens an article in The Huffington Post about the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign and his son Max, who was born with Down Syndrome.

ABC's "Scrubs" (Feb 11, 2010)

ABC’s "Scrubs" helped spread the word about the campaign to stop the harmful use of the R-word. In an episode that aired on March 11, 2010, Turk (played by Donald Faison) can be seen wearing a Spread the Word to End the Word t-shirt.  

ABC News' "What Would You Do?" (May 20, 2010)

ABC News' series "What Would You Do?" asked audiences to think about what they would do if they saw a customer verbally abusing a store clerk with an intellectual disability. 

Fox's "Glee" (Jun 9, 2010)

In season one of Fox's hit series "Glee," the show provides a great example of the importance of tolerance and acceptance for all people. In the episode, Kurt's dad tells Finn not to use derogatory language and equates the R-word to other slurs. More on Glee ›

Singer/songwriter Sarah Marince (Feb 22, 2011)

Singer/songwriter Sarah Marince and her brother Michael create a video that talks about the hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and why you should take the pledge to stop saying the R-word.  

Celebrities Take the Pledge (Mar 2, 2011)

Spread the Word to End the Word received amazing support from celebrities and influential organizations on March 2nd. These individuals/organizations took the pledge: Cat Cora, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Miami Heat, JaVale McGee (of the Washington Wizards), Sacramento Kings, Maria Shriver, Matt Barnes (of the LA Lakers), NBA, NBA Cares, NOH8 Campaign, Paula Deen, Al Roker, Dr. Oz, Vanessa Williams and Nancy O’Dell.

Lauren Potter (Mar 2, 2011)

Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson on Fox’s hit show ‘Glee,’ spread the word about the hurtful effects of the r-word and bullying on individuals with intellectual disabilities in major entertainment media, such as People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.

Judge Marilyn Milian (Mar 23, 2011)

On The People's Court, her honor Judge Marilyn Milian takes exception to a defendant's use of the R-word and takes the time to educate her about the hurtful nature of the word.

Stephen Colbert (Mar 30, 2011)

Stephen Colbert invites Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver onto "The Colbert Report" to talk about the R-word campaign and does a PSA to support it.

Bill Maher (Apr 1, 2011)

Bill Maher invites Tim Shriver onto ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ to discuss the R-word campaign. 

Lady Gaga (Apr 21, 2011)

Lady Gaga apologizes for using the R-word in a news interview. She stated, “My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional. An honest mistake requires honesty to make.” 

Kirstie Alley (Apr 27, 2011)

Kirstie Alley apologizes for using the R-word on Twitter. She stated via Twitter, “Got it on the R word. Was using dic def “the act or result of delaying; the extent anything is delayed” as in my finger. Deepest apologies.” 

LeBron James (May 9, 2011)

LeBron James apologizes for using the R-word. In a news conference following Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs, he stated, "I want to apologize for using the 'R-Word' after game three. If I offended anyone I sincerely apologize." 

Kathie Lee Gifford (May 26, 2011)

On Kathie Lee & Hoda's hour of the Today Show, comedian Rick Younger uses the R-word and Kathie Lee immediately speaks out, "We don't use that word here." Younger, to his credit, apologizes and later tweets several times to convey his genuine remorse and share the "Not Acceptable" PSA.

Game Informer (Sep 1, 2011)

The popular website and online gaming community GameInformer.com committed to no longer allow the use of R-word on its' website after an inspiring call to action from one of its' users, IndieJones. 

NBA (Mar 7, 2012)

NBA teams came together in support of Spread the Word to End the Word. Many teams hosted pledge drives at their local arena, met Special Olympics athletes and attended practices or competitions, used social media to promote the campaign, and more.

John Lackey (Mar 27, 2012)

After using the R-word in an interview with the Boston Globe, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey responds to outcry of our community and issues a same day apology.

Adam McKay (Mar 29, 2012)

Filmmaker Adam McKay commits via Twitter to NOT use the R-word in the "Anchorman 2" sequel starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy.

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Girl Scout Troop 4348

March 6, 2013 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hosting an event at our school as part of a troop service project and the school's Respect Initiative Program by educating/promoting students & staff about the R-word campaign and holding a pledge station for students/staff to sign a pledge banner.
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April 23, 2012 06:00 p.m. - 08:30 p.m.
Students will interact with Special Olympic athletesand administrators. Student work will be displayed and relay games will be played. 
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