“You don’t call a retarded person ‘retard’. It’s bad taste. You call your friends retard when they’re acting retarded.”
If Michael Scott tries to defend the way something should be socially acceptable, then chances are, it should not be socially acceptable. I just don’t understand why so many people believe it’s okay to use “retard/ retarded” as an appropriate way to describe something or someone. People get offended when others use “gay” to describe something with a negative connotation, and so do I, but I get equally frustrated when people use “retarded”; and I can’t understand why someone would want to defend the use of it. When was it ever okay? Mentally challenged people do take offense to it. I never paid attention to it, and it never exactly bothered me, but at the same time I still didn’t understand why it was alright. But since I’ve had a little sister with Down’s syndrome for the past 2 years, it affects me in a different way. It really bums me out whenever I hear it, and makes me sad. I don’t know, not that venting about it through some blog will help change anything, especially since most won’t read it, but I guess I just felt like expressing my opinion for once in some way.
I would rather have these two take care of me:
than these two: