Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Campaign takes aim at insult"

"The Special Olympics launched a campaign Tuesday to banish the word ''retard,'' a casual insult that derives from an out-of-favor medical term.

People signed pledges not to use the word and students gathered to denounce its use at rallies from Florida to Alaska. Over the long-term, organizers hope to change attitudes about people with mental disabilities, who number more than 190 million worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

''It's insulting, it's painful and it hurts people,'' said actor Eddie Barbanell, who has Down syndrome and appeared in the movie The Ringer. ``Get that word out! End the word! Bury it!''"

Definitely a good idea. After all, what kind of cold hearted creep would make fun of the Special Olympians?

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