The Effects of the R-Word
The wonderful world of social media has been said time and time again to be the soapbox of the weary – and even more so the uncensored soapbox of those who reside in the public eye.
Comments regardless of how offensive they are can go out into the world freely without censorship. The person saying it can say whatever they please without any regard or awareness to who they are offending – that is of course until there is a public outcry about whatever the statement was.
Undoubtedly, there are people out there who might even question why there hasn’t been any serious consideration to a limited amount of social media censorship in the United States.
Both China and the UK have censorship of social media citing it as the blame for riots. If that were to become the case here, we’d have the likes of Ann Coulter to blame for such censorship.
Coulter’s tweet on October 22, 2012 read: “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.”
One would think that Coulter’s public image of being a lawyer and a hardcore conservative would have encouraged some form of common sense to enter the mind. Apparently not.
Then again, Coulter has often referred to herself as polemicist – someone who likes to stir the pot.
For the past week, Coulter’s politically incorrect slur against President Obama has outraged parents of children as well as adults with special needs and learning disabilities as well as the Special Olympics.
Dennis Morgan, a Republican of Norlina, North Carolina has a son who is developmentally challenged, has started a petition with Change.org.
“I want to help raise awareness that using the word retard(ed) is disrespectful, dehumanizing, and very hurtful. Her words impact many people, and I wish she would take that into consideration. I also feel that Penguin Group, the publisher of Ann Coulter's latest book, should take a stand against her speech and not only condemn it, but offer a donation to a disability rights group. I'm passionate about this because I have a disabled child. I have always and always will fight for him and other disabled people and their right to be treated with respect by ALL people.” Dennis said in a statement on the campaign.Continued on the next page