Highlighting examples of the common use of the R-word by celebrities and public figures in local and national media outlets.
DreamWorks' "Tropic Thunder" (أغسطس 13, 2008)
DreamWorks' "Tropic Thunder," marketed as a satire about Hollywood actors and the movie industry in general, contains scenes promoting the idea that a "retard" is funny. Special Olympics, along with a coalition of national disability organizations, mobilizes a grass-roots campaign against "Tropic Thunder," holding protests across the country.
Madonna (أكتوبر 21, 2008)
On stage in front of 20,000 fans, Madonna refers to ex-husband Guy Ritchie as an "emotional retard."
Kristen Stewart (نوفمبر 1, 2008)
In response to avid fans of the book series, Twilight's Kristen Stewart says "You guys are celebrating something that has not come true yet. So, you are really retarded."
Kris Allen (مارس 2, 2009)
Of his experience on American Idol, singer Kris Allen stated in an interview, "You know, it was kind of a lot of practicing in the room by yourself and making sure you don't look like a retard or an idiot on stage in front of a million people."
US President Barack Obama (مارس 20, 2009)
While on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," President Barack Obama discusses his bowling abilities and claims "It's like the Special Olympics or something." Before the episode even aired, President Obama issued an apology to Tim Shriver and the Special Olympics community.
Guy Ritchie (أكتوبر 8, 2009)
In response to his relationship with ex-wife Madonna, Guy Ritchie stated "I still love her, but she’s retarded too."
Madonna (أكتوبر 14, 2009)
In a Rolling Stone Magazine article Madonna states, "The songs that I think are the most retarded songs I've written, like 'Cherish' and 'Sorry,' a pretty big hit off my last album, end up being the biggest hits. ‘Into the Groove' is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like it."
Rahm Emanuel (يناير 28, 2010)
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is quoted as saying "f—ing retarded" in reference to an ad campaign proposed by liberal allies. Rahm Emanuel issued a formal apology and dedicated his support to the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
Jennifer Aniston (أغسطس 19, 2010)
While appearing on "Live with Regis and Kelly," actress Jennifer Aniston dropped the R-word while discussing a recent photo shoot. She said, "I play dress up. I do it for a living, like a retard."
Martin Harty (مارس 11, 2011)
New Hampshire state legislator Martin Harty suggests sending ‘Retarded’ to Siberia. For more information see: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/03/11/lawmaker-siberia/12557/
Lady Gaga (أبريل 20, 2011)
Lady Gaga refutes song plagiarism by telling NME Magazine that the accusation is “retarded."
Kirstie Alley (أبريل 27, 2011)
Kirstie Alley tweets “[…] I HATE spell check and my retarded index finger.”
LeBron James (مايو 7, 2011)
NBA star LeBron James mutters “that’s retarded” in response to a reporter’s question to Miami Heat teammate Dwayne Wade.
A.J. Burnett (يونيو 9, 2011)
New York Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett responds to post game questions about his past successes against the Red Sox as "retarded."
Tracy Morgan (يونيو 27, 2011)
Comedian Tracy Morgan uses the R-word multiple times in his stand-up comedy routine.
The Change-Up (أغسطس 8, 2011)
Universal Studios comedy "The Change-Up" uses the R-word as a derogatory punchline. Read the story.
The Descendants (نوفمبر 30, 2011)
George Clooney and Alexander Payne's hit movie, "The Descendants" may hurt families with special needs by gratuitously using the R-word as a punch line.
John Lackey (مارس 27, 2012)
Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey calls the 'fried chicken and beer' controversy "retarded" in an interview with The Boston Globe.
Jim Roddey (أغسطس 7, 2012)
Allegheny County GOP chair Jim Roddey tells an insensitive R-word joke at an election party as 300 audience members holler and clap in approval.
Ann Coulter (أكتوبر 23, 2012)
Ann Coulter tweets “I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard” following the third Presidential debate.