Frankly, I was just waiting for her to apologize. As celebrities go, Jennifer Aniston is one of the more polished. Surely she is surrounded by the best PR people that money can buy. I expected she’d ask for forgiveness, explaining she was jet-lagged, nervous, and momentarily insensitive. Then, maybe, she’d give a hefty donation to the National Down Syndrome Society or promise to appear at some fundraiser or benefit. But it doesn’t seem to be happening. Where’s the apology? I mean, even Rahm Emanuel apologized.
Jennifer Aniston compared herself to a "retard" on 'Regis & Kelly' Thursday morning ..."So you got to play dress up?" Regis asked of her Barbra Streisand-inspired shoot.
"Yeah, I got to play dress up," Jen said. "I do it for a living, like a retard."
Can someone explain why words beginning with “N”, “F”, “C”, and “S”—legitimately insulting to, respectively, African Americans, homosexuals, Chinese Americans, and Hispanics—have been (very appropriately) washed from our collective mouths, but the “R-word,” casually used to disparage people with intellectual disabilities, hasn’t been?
In too many places, people like me—people who are deeply offended by use of this word—are accused of lacking a sense of humor. If we’d just “lighten up,” the thinking goes, we wouldn’t get our knickers in such a twist.
Listen, no one likes to laugh more than I do. My husband is a very funny guy. Trust me, I have a sense of humor. My daughter with Down syndrome? A born comedian. But I find it hard to “lighten up” about certain things; rape, Holocaust victims, and disability fall into that category. (I know, I know. I’m such a drip).
In recent weeks, each of these has come up. The actress Kristen Stewart compared the attention of photographers along the red carpet at movie premieres to “rape.” Claire pointed out how certain Swedish mountain climbers are naming peaks after Third Reich horrors. And, now, Jennifer Aniston drops the “R” word to some laughs on Live with Regis and Kelly. I was equally offended by each of these, yet I don’t think I’m part of a group of “oversensitive PC thugs,” as I saw it labeled in a comment below a posted article in the Daily Mail.
If you have 10 minutes (and I understand if you don’t; I rarely do) please take the time to watch this speech by Soeren Palumbo, a young man, now a college student at the University of Notre Dame, who has something to say about this.