Ann Coulter Recklessly Uses “r-word” in Reference to Obama

Have you ever heard of Ann Coulter? Well, I hadn’t until today, and now I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you. She has written eight New York Times best selling novels, she is a legal correspondent for Human Events and among other things she writes a column for Universal Press Syndicate.

But amidst all of these things Ann Coulter also happens to be quite ignorant, at least in my opinion.

She is an avid Romney supporter and uses her twitter account to support him while she trash talks Obama.

In this tweet Coulter has decided to refer to Obama as “the retard.”

Then yet again she decides to use the word in reference to an entire room of people.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year old Special Olympics athlete with Down Syndrome, wrote a letter to Coulter explaining why she shouldn’t be using the word “retard” in reference to anyone.

Coulter then said in an article in the Huffington Post that she was not referring to someone with an “actual mental handicap” and also “screw them” to critics of her tweet.

She even tweeted the story about how she did this:

This is a prime example of how this word gets misused, and the most disheartening part of the story is that as of November 5, 2012, Coulter has 286,263 followers on her Twitter account. All of these people are reading her tweets and then reading how she has no remorse for the people she is potentially hurting.

Although this is a sad story, let’s look at the bright side and at how John Franklin Stephens is an amazing and brave man who is not afraid to stand up for those who Coulter may have affected with her careless words.


2 thoughts on “Ann Coulter Recklessly Uses “r-word” in Reference to Obama

  1. Meredith,

    This post really struck a special cord with me. My older sister has a best friend who over the years has become more or less a second older sister to me. Her family has also become something of a second family. The youngest daughter in their family is Angela, affectionately called “La”. She has a handicap and undergoes several seizures throughout her day, but she is one of the most beautiful, powerful, dramatic girls I know.

    I will never forget the conversation La’s older sister Crystal had with me one night when she was visiting our family. She said she despised the word; she said she felt it was a direct threat upon her sister whenever someone used the word “r” word. I never thought about one word causing so much hurt and pain, but I could never forget the amount of passion and protection Crystal had when the “r” word was mentioned.

    I cringe at the mere sight of it now. Saying someone or something is “r” is attacking someone who might not be able to fight back or stand up on their own. It’s cowardly to use.

    Thank you for posting.

  2. It’s simply ridiculous that this word is still used as an insult. It is a horrible word to use and it can cause a lot of pain. I cannot believe that someone who is in the public eye with the power to influence a lot of people, would use that word. It makes me sad when I hear many of my peers throw the “r” word out so freely.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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