It is time that The Star and its readers help take a stand against a word that has gained popularity in culture but is offensive to so many. The “R-word,” or “retard,” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted by many. In fact, it is said 16 times in one scene in the new film “Tropic Thunder.” The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual disabilities.
For too long, people with intellectual disabilities have had to overcome society’s stereotypes. It is time for a change, and you can help show Hollywood that it is time they understand the impact of their actions.
To learn more about how you can be a fan of dignity, visit www.r-word.org.