A New Movie Makes Fun Of Kids With Special Needs. Any Of You Think That’s Funny?
Go on, raise your hands. Hmmm. Don’t see anyone out there saying YES! It’s fantastic and oh so funny when people in movies make fun of kids with special needs! We need more special-needs-slamming movies in our lives!
I’m guessing none of you had anything to do with the making of The Change-Up, a new flop of a movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. It contains a scene in which a character asks a dad whether his twins are “retarded” because they’re not yet speaking, then adds “I don’t know, this one looks a little Downsy.” It’s getting flak all over the web.
You might have heard about the campaign against the use of “retard,” Spread The Word To End The Word. It’s a demeaning, derogatory word for people with disabilities, even if it’s not used against them, per se; casual comments like “That’s so retarded!” perpetuate the idea that people with developmental disabilities are stupid. Here’s a video that makes it crystal clear why the word is awful, starring Lauren Potter from Glee:
Once, I spent a few days reaching out to people who used the word on Twitter, and got some unexpected backlash. Still, there’s a growing awareness about not using the word—except for some Hollywood movie powers-that-be, it seems. And let me just say, nobody would even THINK to caution people against using words like “Downsy” because, well, you wouldn’t think people could be so mindless, so clueless and so vile.
The official blog for the Special Olympics has simple ways you can speak out against the movie’s discriminatory language. Please, raise your voice.
The Change-Up deserves to be rated “D”—for disgusting.Add a Comment