Coulter Defends Use of R-Word

Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter
In a defense everyone should have expected but didn’t really believe when they heard, Ann Coulter defended her use of the word “retard” when referring to Obama in a tweet after the last Presidential debate. While on Alan Colmes’ Fox News Radio show, Coulter said of her critics, “Look, no one would refer to a Down Syndrome child, someone with an actual mental handicap, by saying ‘retard.’ Where do you think the words ‘imbecile,’ ‘idiot,’ ‘moron,’ ‘cretin’ come from? These were all technical terms at one time. ‘Retard’ had been used colloquially to just mean ‘loser’ for 30 years. But no, no…these aggressive victims have to come out and tell you what words to use.”
This response comes after Coulter doubled down on her insult mere hours after the initial tweet. In an email to Politicker responding to their inquiry on the controversy, Coulter said, “The only people who will be offended are too retarded to understand it.”
Back on Holmes show, Holmes mentioned that some people think the word “retard” is as vitriolic as the “n-word,” Coulter dismissed critics as the “word police.” “Oh, screw them,” she said. “That’s what they feel I do? I feel they’re being authoritarian bullying victims.”
Also, in case you missed it on virtually every social media platform, check out John Franklin Stevens’ response to Coulter. Stevens is the 30-year-old Special Olympic athlete who penned an eloquent and well-thought-out blog post about Coulter’s tweet that sums it up pretty concisely. My favorite line from the article is when Stevens says, “Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.” Brutally honest and absolutely share-worthy. Pass it along.

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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