August 19th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

Backlash brewing over Aniston using 'R-word'

Jennifer Aniston’s press tour for “The Switch” hasn’t been without controversial debate, but this time the actress seems to have said one word too many.

The 41-year-old star made her way to “Live! With Regis and Kelly” Thursday and let the word “retard” slip in the middle of a self-deprecating remark.

Aniston was chatting with Regis Philbin and Kristin Cruz from Los Angeles radio station 103.5 about her Harper’s Bazaar Barbra Streisand photos. Cruz asked how she got in the mood to “really embody” Streisand, and Aniston replied, “I play dress-up. I do it for a living, like a retard.”

The audience chuckled, and guest host Cruz kept rolling with a follow-up question, but the comment hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Many are reacting on the Web to Aniston’s statement, with some on Twitter saying that her use of the word has led to a loss of respect for the actress - one person even tweeted that they're thinking twice about heading out to see "The Switch." Meanwhile, The Special Olympics Movement has issued a statement of their own.

“Special Olympics is always disappointed when the R-word is used, especially by someone who is influential to society,” the statement reads. “The pervasive use of the R-word, even in an off the cuff self-deprecating manner, dehumanizes people with intellectual disabilities and perpetuates painful stereotypes that are a great source of suffering and negative stigma.”

The organization added, “We hope everyone will take our pledge to stop using the R-word and promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities at www.r-word.org.”

Jennifer Aniston's representation has not yet responded to requests for comment.


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    January 20, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anna

    Could it be that our f-ing problem is that Jennifer f-ing Aniston is someone "influential" in our society?
    ugh.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DangerWoman

    As a real life singing supeheroine and disabilty rights activist, I am very angry at Jennifer Anniston, because she violated every American Disability Rights Laws, because of her disabaphobic behavior!

    I hope that she gets to be scared straight about her disabaphobia, otherwise I may have NO CHOICE but to arrest her and send her to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, to be scared straight by John Hinkley Junior himself and have her kept there until a Federal judge gives her a Show trial in Federal Kangaroo court, in which she will be found guilty of her crimes against the disabled and sentenced to indefinite life imprisonment at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for what she did, being that she needs to be taught a lesson that disabaphobia is A FEDERAL Hate crime!

    September 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George

    Bad use of words by Aniston to describe uninteresting things in her life. I guess that's one way to get free publicity because her movies really suck. They really do. She's thanking God for all those "Friends" reruns that pay her great residuals.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tamara

    Words seem to morph and change meaning throughout the generations. When I was a kid, people with mental/intellectual disabilities were referred to as being "retarded" or "mentally retarded". This term is almost never used anymore to describe people of special needs. Instead, it has become a slang term referring to people of "normal" intellectual capacity who is behaving in a foolish/stupid/silly way. Much like the "N" word is used by kids of today in a completely different way than it was used by previous generations. When I was a kid, being a "geek" was a bad thing...now kids refer to themselves as 'computer geeks', or use the term "geeked" to say they're excited about something. I can give at least a half dozen other examples like these. People who insist upon being offended by words that are used in a completely different way than they were in the past need to realize that its the INTENT, not the word itself, that they should be offended by. Why are we, as a society, not as outraged when celebrity African Americans use the "N" word as we are by Jennifers use of this word? Because they're not using it in a disparaging way....and either was she.
    Please can we focus on the real issues and stop nitpicking?

    September 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    This is news? Shes nots bashing or making fun of anyone but herself. People need a life. And news organizations need to stop posting this garbage. When I do something stuipid, I feel like a retard. When others doing stupid things they act like retards. Growing up , every friend we had was a retard. BIG DEAL!!!! GET OVER IT!!!

    September 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. BC

    I promise you, had she used another epithet, this would not have been called a "non-malicious slip of the tongue." This usage means "I am stupid just like a retarded person" - that's the only meaning it has - and people with intellectual disabilities are not stupid. They vote, they purchase - and they're paying attention.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. devlin

    People need to stop being so sensitive. I mean really it has gotten idiotic where it makes news when someone commenting on THEMSELVES can not say the word retarded. Get an F'ing life and quit the constant whining! I don't get why the people in this country have gone from strong, independent, self sufficient people to such whiny, weak stomached, babies that think the world owes them and everyone should watch every utterance the comes out of their mouths.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. brad p

    I thought the r-word meant "rigger".

    September 6, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. tommy

    arguing on the internet is like the special olympics. it doesnt matter who wins, your all still retarded.

    September 6, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike hunt

    this issue is retarded.

    September 6, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. davyboyo

    This whole story is retarded

    September 5, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chas

    IT'S NOT LIKE THE RETARDS ARE GOING TO KNOW...

    September 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tony

    the word "retard" when used to describe thoughtless, funny behavior – IS HILARIOUS!! maybe we need to redefine the word

    September 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Trevor

    People who say 'r-word' should be shot.

    September 2, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  16. Nik

    This is R-tarded!

    September 1, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jason

    This story is GOD DAMN RETARDED. Shut the hell up up you god damn retards. :)

    August 30, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  18. Viper1j

    Everybody keeps saying it was a slip of the tongue..

    Who can I call to get her to slip me the tongue?

    Just askin'.

    August 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Viper1j

    @Nadia I use the G-word every Friday when my GARBAGEMAN picks up my trash... Oops, I meant "Sanitation Engineer". But I still like to fly, because my STEWARDESS is so attentive, Oops, I meant "Flight Crew Member". Gay used to mean happy, until some lame group tried to co-opt it for themselves. Retard, retardant, retards were industrial terms until another lame group tried to co-opt it for themselves. Those people that hate the word so much, make sure you buy your kids NON flame retardant costumes and clothing. Watching your kid spit like a piece of chicken on a grill may rekindle your love affair with the word.

    Then again, why bother saying anything... The whole issue is retarded.

    August 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Retard

    Haha, I usually call people special instead of retarded when they are being retarded. Is calling someone special offensive as well?? How about stupid, does that degrade stupid people everywhere?

    August 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. max

    retards.

    August 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. OMG

    It's only ok to say that word if you say it like the fat guy in "The Hangover." reh-TARD

    August 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Leslie

    Oh for crying out loud, anyone jobless or losing their homes today? Grow up you retards.

    August 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  24. Coeus

    Is it just me, or is this entire "story" and "controversy" ... retarded?

    August 28, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  25. BlowChow Bob

    Get over it. This hyper sensitive society of our is just one of USA downfalls. Friggin rretards

    August 28, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. Adrian

    RLarsson, it is would HAVE or could Have, not would of.....English, people!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. Micky

    Hmmm....... who was really offended by this? Couldn't have been real 'mentally challenged' people... cause they probably don't even understand the word. So it has to be some normal, intelligent people who are all bent out of shape because they have nothing better to do. Get real and think about the real problems that are all around you ....and use your valuable time and intelligence to resolve them.... unless you really are retarded...... in which case you probably have no clue what we are talking about.... so never mind!

    August 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Murph1971

    Merriam – Webster's definition of the word:

    a retarded person; also : a person held to resemble a retarded person in behavior

    First used in 1788

    August 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Marklar

    The Marklar is such a Marklar. they should marklar the marklar with a marklar.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  30. eagle girl

    Maybe this would have been more socially acceptable if she had pulled out "The Hangover" and pronounced it 'ri-tard.'

    August 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. evilrenben

    Shenanigans! We have been told repeatedly that people with learning disabilities are NOT retarded, SO if someone uses the word retard we shouldn't assume that they're using it as a slight against people with learning disabilities...unless the people that are offended actually believe that the people they're defending are retards. The whole argument is therefore preposterous....and retarded.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mandy

    I really think the ARC needs to get over it.... Can you tell me what the ARC stands for? Like calling the kettle black.... I dont think alot of people are mad at Jen, I think they are mad at the overall people who are acting like cry babies... WHAA WHAA WHAA (baby crying) I have a family member that has a mental disablility and I dont call her that but I do say it in a conversation sometimes. Not changing my ways, YOU change yours.... :) Have a nice day!

    August 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Sleeping Beauty

    Seriously??? Stop being so hyper-sensitive. She was not insulting specially challenged people at all. My sisters and friends use to call each other that as kids playing around. Not being rude to anyone. Society is so intent on, Oh you hurt my feelings, crap. Get a life and grow up!!!!!! There is more to life than worrying about someone saying the so called "R" word. Stupid People!!!!! And I dont care if I hurt your feelings by calling you stupid because you know what the truth hurts.

    August 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. hope

    CNN please do a better job at monitoring comments. While I appreciate lively comments it appears most of the statements posted here are just discourteous ones – proof of how incredibly malicious and thoughtless people can be. As the parent of a child with special needs it's horrifying to see what has been posted.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Corinne

    This situation is being blow completely out of the water. Who cares that she said retard? I just said it. Here's the thing, people use that word in various meanings and situations every day. Just because she's sort of a celebrity doesn't mean she has to talk differently or behave unlike regular people. Its not the R-word. Its not a swear. The word is retard. And it is not specific to anyone unlesas. You take it that way. Get over it! PEOPLE SAY RETARD EVERY DAY! She does not have to apologize. America needs to pull theirs heads out of their asses.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  36. jen

    hi

    August 24, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  37. anonymous

    What's the big deal? Retards don't have feelings. lul this is GAY

    August 24, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  38. corky

    This is retarded. I loled

    August 24, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  39. Baron

    Why are people so sensitive, and easily offended???? I have a Down's Syndrome child, but am not offended by someone making a simple comment like Jennifer Aniston's comment. Absolutely harmless! Our society is completely going overboard with this hypersensitivity. Honestly people, how would you like every word you utter recorded? To all of those raising a bunch of noise on this...get a freakin' life! Oh no, my last comment is bound to offend millions, because people will take it as the highly offensive F word...

    August 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  40. James

    There are retards and then they are people with mental handicaps. These are two different concepts. In today's vernacular retard does not refer to mentally handicap, much like gay no longer means happy.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Brande

    This is totally being misunderstood. It is a word that "was" commonly used by the generation of kids that grew up in the 80's up to the early 90's. It was never a direct attack aginst down sydrome or special needs children. It was a word that was used no differnt then bogas or knarly or "rad man" or everything like this and totally like that...... Please I plead with the public and the families of special needs children not to take offense to it there is noway Jen meant it that way.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Paula

    I don't think she meant anything mean by it. Ger off her back! These slow news days are tough,aren't they?

    August 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jen

    i think she did not mean it in a bad way. she is sweet,and funny. she would never hurt any one on purpose!! i call my husband that just playing around with him. but i never mean any disrespect to the kids and older people, when i'm playing around with him. don't be to hard on her. i don't think she would hurt anyone's feelings. i love your bubbly personality,and funny sweet movies. i like your movies, because i can let my kids watch them. i don't have to worry about any dirty talk from your mouth. i thought you handle your stolen man with grace. you are a good woman and actress.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Riverprincess

    STOP IT. PEOPLE ARE WAY TO SENSITIVE. IT IS GOING TO GET TO THE POINT THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO SAY ANYTING. WE HAVE BIGGER ISSUES IN THIS WORLD THAN TO KEEP LAMBAISTING PEOPLE FOR SAYING THINGS THAT ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE IN POOR TASTE. PRETTY SOON FREE SPEECH WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Pragmatic

    Who the hell cares? Get a life people.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. darknight

    i call people retarded almost every day......and they deserved it

    August 23, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  47. A

    The problem with political correctness is that everyone will inevitably get offended, which is ironic given that it is what is trying to be avoided.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  48. Winston Smith

    Double Plus Ungood: Eurasia has always been at war with Ocean and East Asia. Take her to Room 101 for re-education........

    (God help this politically correct world, or thinking will grind to a halt. Funny- we call "Ebonics" a "language", refuse to teach proper English to Americans; refuse to teach them foreign languages in order to communicate with others, and spend millions on reducing communication to the level of my 4-year old nephew. Trouble ahead, my friends....)

    August 23, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  49. Frank

    She's not intelligent (obviously). She's not funny. She has no authority in any field whatsoever. As far as I am concerned she can say whatever she likes: R-word, N-word, F-word – the more the better. Maybe this way people will eventually realize that there is (and never was) no point in listening to her drivvel.

    August 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Cathy

    Claire – Agreed, it is crude to taunt retarded people, or fat people, or ugly people, etc. It says more about the person doing it, than the target. I think it hurts you more than your brother. However, that does not mean Jennifer Aniston cannot call herself fat, ugly, or a retard; I think you know that.

    August 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Cathy

    30+ years ago, as a junior high student, I went to Guidance to try to stop the "retarded girl" from being whipped outside the school by a bunch of other mean girls. They kept correcting my language, rather than jumping up and taking action. How about imbecils? Is that a better word? I'm talking about the politically correct retards in the guidance office of course!

    August 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  52. J plummer

    This is still The United States of America...is it NOT? We were given the right of free speech were we NOT? Let's have a discussion about what is happening to our rights. If someone wants to use the 'R' or 'N' that is their right. We as humans have a right to voice our opinions as to whether the words are offensive or not – but to demand an apology is not within our rights. Live and let Live!! I do not believe that Jennifer Aniston was being malicious or that she uses the word to describe anyone with a mental affliction. She is an actress not a Supreme Being. The meaning of the word retard is: To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede. GET A DICTIONARY PEOPLE!!!!

    August 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ryan

    when i heard this story i thought it was pretty retarded :)

    August 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Washington

    Really? It scrares me SO MANY people have decidied that of all the ISSUES happening right now in our own neighborhoods and communities, in out NATION all around us...oh and yeah ONLY OUR ENTIRE FRIKN WORLD that the one they are going to come out to voice an opinion on is this woman using the "R" word !!?! Some"Twamatised Tweeters" might even go as far as reconsidering going to see the latest movie in theatres that the "R" word using monster is STARRING in. To these people so troubled I offer ... anather "R" word, REVALUATE

    August 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Tina

    I'm 51 and the word "retard" was never used to describe mentally challenged people, but people who were slow. If you look up the meaning, it is used as slang to describe the mentally challenged The meaning of the word is very different. It's like using the word gay to mean lame, it's a word. Meanings change.

    August 22, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  56. km

    So, in a country where we hold freedom of speech so high it sometimes rises above public safety issues, at the same time, we demonize certain words and call it "wrong" to use them.

    August 22, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  57. Chuck

    Oh come on.. My name is Chuck I am a special olympic state champion gold medalist in the state of Ohio 400 meter dash...I hear people use the R word all the time... It doest bother me at all...

    August 22, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  58. Brandi

    Those on here saying it just to say it, are just showing their extreme immaturity. It's knowingly saying things that you know are hurting people, what's that say? By the way Replying by insulting only proves it's more true. Many people hurt by this don't say anything for a long time, if at all, but they remember. Eventually it can lead to relationships ending, & even loosing your job! People w/disabilities are a protected group of people, & the r-word because of it's history is listed as a slur or a Derogatory word. Yes like other words people continue to use them, but if someone uses the n-word, most see them differently from then on. Those of us w/disabilities, or that love someone w/one, think of the person differently, & hurts like a knife. Statistics show most people will have a disability sometime in their lives, even more will know someone w/one. Do you really want to wait until then to realize, & possibly hurt & alienate those around you?
    People with disabilities, btw that's the PC term w/few variations...it hasn't changed in at least 15 yrs, so aside from an individual persons preference, that is the respectful way to say.
    Every person varies, but most of us w/physical disabilities are called that while in public, & treated very differently. It was a medical diagnosis, but is used to degrade others, or talk about something they hate. It goes way deeper than a passing comment or word for most. Most don't call things they hate leukemia, that also is the same.
    For those who are to ignorant to know, & Ann & other parents on here, it is not true that people w/certain diagnosis can't be helped, or will never be the same. They may not be exactly the same, most I know, even the kids are too mature to attack others, or call names on a thread. They weren't helped properly before, & sometimes not taught at all. Now I & others have seen them do well, & better than most could ever know w/out truly seeing. There is hope, & possibilities, which is one reason why so many want thoughts about them, & treatment of them to change!

    August 22, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  59. Tyhouston

    Quick a rich white person slipped up on being sensitive to tards.

    Quick sue her and show the world the USA is just a bunch of tards who hate white people...

    Only minority retarded can sue, quanities limited act now

    August 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Carmelita

    I am not a fan of Jennifer's but I think she didn't intend to insult anyone except people who fashion their hair like Barbra in the 60s. There are many words that people used before "politically correct" became the thing to do.
    We should always be aware and choose our dialog carefully. I'm sure Dr. Laura would agree.

    August 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  61. missyreyna

    Wow really i bet everyone has used the word retard more than once in there life. even those parents that have mentally handicapped kids. There was a time when u were young and didnt have a retarded kid so im pretty sure you ppl that say i have a handicapped kid you dont know what its like, are being GIANT HIPPOCRITS. atleast we live in a society now that accepts them and not throw them in the mental ward at some loony bin like they did back in the old days. GET OVER IT. Its not like she said hey your kids retarded and started hitting herself in the chest with a club hand.

    August 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Steve

    The R-word? Please, are we 5 years old? I was taught grammar, I learned when to be silly. Can we say we have gone to far; that is we cannot say any words anymore without someone taking offense? I hear this on the news and had to look up what the "r-word" was. I thought people that were slow, were now called special needs. If one used an item with a retarded affect, such as a hand grenade, should I instead have said the grenade had a r-word release? Come on people, lighten up. Learn to stop putting so much hate in every day language. I have wondered why my grand kids can't spell or use code words when texting; now I know. They do it for fear of offending anyone.

    August 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Traci

    Everyone seems to notice that Jennifer Anniston is pretty, but no one seems to notice that she is dull, boring, and completely void of any charisma. Angelina 's got her beat – hands down!!...in every aspect.

    August 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. woodster

    Jennifer is a total B_ _tch, i would like if she would love to be callled that

    August 21, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  65. Drea

    Her "slip-up" was even further evidence of her immaturity, self-centeredness, and ignorance. I bet Brad Pitt is more thankful every day for his lovely and classy and thoughtful partner, Angelina Jolie.

    August 21, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  66. MoonRocks

    "Retard"? Hell, I clicked on the headline automatically thinking the supposedly "offensive" "R-Word" she used was "Redneck". That said, let me suggest one thing for all you people out there who are actually upset about all this- GET OVER YOURSELVES. The word "retard" has many different definitions, including that of "Social Retard", such as people who need to get a life instead of getting all atwitter over things said on TV by "celebrities." Get a hobby. Make an appointment with your dermatologist and get a prescription for something that will help you grow a thicker skin, people. Sheesh.

    August 21, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well said, possibly more to the point than I was. I remember when it was bad to be called a red-neck; or so they thought, I don't know anyone that was ever offended. I was called a Polock when I was a kid, my relatives came from Poland, so what?

      August 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmelita

      I have a precious son who is 38 years old. When he was 2, he wasn't as emotionally developed as I thought he should have been. After years of testing, he was diagnosed with organic brain disease. In those days, we only used retarded as a description. I was never comfortable with the terminology. I used retarded because I didn't know better. I responded to your comment for the same reason you did. What's the R word? Please, stop with being afraid of the English language.

      August 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  67. lastofsane

    Where is George Carlin when you need him? Most of the words that we grew up being told were so very bad, and that if used, would get our mouths washed out with soap are now being used in prime-time television with no censorship at all... But now I cannot watch classic cartoons from 1945 without seeing censorship all over the place! If we as a society are no longer concerned with censoring words once deemed too harsh for the sensitive ears of children, then way are we now being told to censor ourselves from using words that some deem too harsh for the over-sensitive ears of so-called adults??? Or could it be that our reality is actually a society full of overgrown children?

    August 21, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  68. Suzanna

    Hey, I'm one of the lucky ones. If someone called my mentally retarded son a "retard", he'd never even know it. I always knew there would be a silver lining in this dark cloud.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Suzette

    MANISTON IS RETARDED THOUGH. SHE IS DUMBER THAN A ROCK AND SHE KNOWS IT. UNTALENTED AND UGLY AS HELL!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ASTROnotBOy

    aLRIGHT!! Everybody calm down..... Ok, now get spastic again! RARR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! o_0

    August 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Anthony Trevino

    People need to get over the fact she used the R-WORD come on America grow up..... We have people with out jobs in this country, fighting a war over nothing. and people are worried about the R-Word grow up America

    August 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  72. max

    actually, diane..., everytime we use that word whether we're being playful or not, a mentally insufficient person dies. so be careful. thanks.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Susie

    I have a 33 year old retarded child and it is hell on earth. It's obvious to me that Jennifer Aniston was making fun of herself while using "retard" and it didn't faze me one bit. It's just a word. However, I do feel bad for those that take it personally and I can understand it too. I think it's better to look a little deeper and judge the intention behind the word. I just don't believe that Ms. Aniston intended to hurt anyone (but I'll bet she won't be saying it again in public :)

    August 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Mike Nesmith

    People who get all worked up about this are just retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  75. LadyLascassas

    Soon Big Brother will come out with the list of words we can and can not use. I say the hell with it lets use'em all.

    August 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Jay

    We need to stop being such oversensitive and politically correct sissies in this country. The people in the Special Olympics are retarded. That's why they're there. Deal with it. Why be offended by something that accurately describes you? Why do we pretend to live in a world where nobody calls you what you are? It's not a put down. Tis' just what it is.

    August 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Jerry

    I am SO sick of all the whiners infringing on my (and EVERY Americans) right to freedom of speech. N-word, R-word, C-word G-word, get a grip people! Every time someone uses one of these bad words its like the end of the world! Im not saying people should go around spouting these words at every turn but when someone does just shut the hell up and deal with it, its life. I hear words I dont like every single day, but its that persons right to use those words. And Im sorry media people, its NOT worthy news when someone does say them, find something worthwhile to report, GOD (oops G-word) knows this great country have plenty of news worthy problems at the moment that need reported!

    August 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  78. where is the real news?

    CNN you call yourself a news network and this is your story? Really!? Some famous person offended someone... Wow! That is amazing and really important in my life I can tell you. What ever happened to real news networks? You know the ones that reported real news and events that mattered in our every day life. You don’t think with all that is going on in the world every day that there must be something more important then this? Who cares if someone said Retard? According to the 2009 census there are 307,006,550 people living in the USA. One of them said retard on TV... You find this significant? Forget how many wars were started, how many people died of famine, what science and medical breakthroughs happened, how many natural disasters killed thousands of people or what our politicians are doing ....No No lets focus on the fact that a celebrity said retard and some people cried. Don’t feel too bad though. I am sure they won’t cry as much as the countless Americans who have lost their jobs, homes and cant feed their families due to the poor economy or the mothers who have lost their sons in the war. Those poor offended people are much more important in the wonderful country where it is our job to make sure no one cries......boo hoo. CNN please stop embarrassing yourself. It is hard to watch.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  79. EB

    I can't believe people are even wasting their time on this. What a complete joke! What ever happened to free speech! I wonder what word will be added to the don't say list!

    August 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  80. marcie

    Didn't anybody learn anything from watching the movie "There's Something About Mary?" Cameron Diaz covered it with Matt Dillon.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Jo

    That's just it. (Diane) We grew up saying retarted. just meaning stupid. The same as gay. Meaning weird. We didn't know what they meant, so we used them in a different contexts. It's them that keep brining it to the forefront and connecting the two. I can't tell you how many times I've started to say "That's so retarted!" Only to just catch myself. Sure, not so adult, but hey, it's ingrained. I have utmost respect for both (I have a gay nephew and step-brother, and used to take care of a handicaped woman) and unless you're looking directely at the person and addressing them as such, there shouldn't be a problem. Take it in context with the conversation and there should be no problem.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Liz

    Do any of you know or deal with people who have disabilities? I teach my children not to make fun of anyone, not to use words that are hurtful. Is it o.k. to use the "N" word? Or use words that describe a persons family's national origan? Can you say the "W" word for Italians, the "M" word for Irish, the "S" word for Puerto Ricon's? Why is it o.k. to say the R word? It's not about political correctness, it's about simple respect. I ask for nothing more and will except nothing less.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Radhika

    Complete overload of political correctness!!

    August 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Retard

    Shut up Bruce's Megan. Get over it. That word was fine years ago and then someone decided they didn't like the way it sounded and told everyone that it was hurtful. It's not a bad word, it's just a word. and if you can't get over it, then you are hopeless for getting hung up on words. It's people like you that are SEEKING reasons and ways to get mad at the world that makes the our lives a little less bright, thanks or that. . She wasn't even using it in a maen way, she was't trying to be mean.

    The definition of retard means to slow down, or be slow. Get over it, she wasn't talking about your kid, the world does not revolve around you. There are 6 billion other people here too, make some room for us.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Honestly

    After reading many of the above comments, few have demonstrated the correct use of the English language.
    Most have chosen to use nothing more than labels in expressing their veiws.
    Many of those lack the knowledge and or experience of associating with individuals with cognitive impairments.
    All of those at one time or another have experienced the pain of being the recipient of derragatory words.
    And with out a doubt, everyone seems to lose their sense a humor when it is about them.
    Maybe, if everyone makes a minimal effort to be a little more respectful of one another...this world will decrease the amount of ignorant bullies in it!

    August 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  86. K.K.

    Good people that say a word that others consider offensive because it is an abbreviation of some word used in different contexts by other generations should not be demonized. Also the one reply referring to the dictionary meaning is correct. I do not associate the word with human beings at all ! Aniston is the most respectful celebrity on earth and I would believe that she meant nothing hurtful whatso ever. The people bent out of shape over this should take a good look at their "chip off the shoulder mentality" and freakin get a life !!!

    August 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Dawn

    I guess we will have to check out every pep peeve now before we speak oops! wonder if anyone have a problem with pet or peeve. You are all idiots. morons, get a life. She said she was a retard, not any of the idiots who are complaining. Or may be they think they are retards. If the shoe fits wear it.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  88. jim

    lol who cares....she has nothing against retarded people, its just a word.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  89. armpitt

    sometimes a hippo'll get very upset and attack, so i'd leave my jenny alone, because though she is not el hippo, she might start to bite. instead, try to feed her some yeast. this could please her and then maybe she never lash out and say the retard again. thank you. ~bradley~

    August 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Saxxon

    This story is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Mezzo

    Good grief! Are we ALL becoming hyper-sensitive to language? The 'R' word, 'F' word, 'N' word. Pretty soon we'll all be talking to each other in code. Isn't that what 'texting' is doing already? If someone is broadcast 'live', then we take the chance of hearing something that might offend. Anniston did not use this word as disrespect to a group, she was trying to jokingly describe herself. EVERYONE knew this! Mountain out of a mole hill, folks!

    August 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  92. happijoli

    I can see why brad left her, he became interested in someone who could use her mind.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Maya

    A bunch of bull....retardedness tsk tsk tsk

    August 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  94. joejlm

    I have an idea, let's start using the word "special" when we mean "retard". We can even use the "hand quotes" signal when we say "special".

    Let's use the phrase "shell shocked" until we have to use the phrase "battle fatigue". Let's use "battle fatigue" until we have to use the phrase "post traumatic stress syndrome". Let's use "post traumatic stress syndrome" until someone comes up with an easy to say acronym that doesn't imply mentally or socially crippled, (until it does, that is).

    Lets use the word handicapped instead of cripple, until, that is, we have to use the word "challenged". Let's use the word "challenged" until we have to use the word "special". Let's use the world "special" until we have to start using the phrase "less socially and physically adaptable", or even "a little weird but with cause".

    August 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  95. ronnie

    I cant say retard anymore???? how retarded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  96. happijoli

    jennifer anniston as i have always felt is shallow self centered and ignorant. always very mindful that she comes across as humble and kind, hers was not a slip of the tongue. she just said "on camera" what i'm sure she says behind the cameras when she is describing something that she thinks is dumb which goes to show her mindset on situations in life. she has never been a role model to me or for me. what has she done while anjelina jolie is making a difference in the world????

    August 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Mark

    Oh lord here we go again. Now they're calling it the "R-Word" and from now on anyone using it is going to be on CNN and have to meet with "retarded leaders" and undergo psycho therapy and then tour the country apologizing.

    It seems like the only way to be free of these people (and by these people I mean jack asses that think they are owed penance any time someone fails to adhere to their delicate sensitivity anywhere anytime) is to simply not care at all! if you don't care at all then you can call people F4GG0ts and retards in your movies all day long and nobody bothers you. They only go after you if they think they can bully you!

    August 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Mother Carmody

    I stand in righteous judgment of Ms. Aniston and her hatred of others. Thou shalt burn in the hellfires, Ms. Aniston.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  99. RichVon

    I work with children in Special Education, and I can honestly say that I think people need to chill out. Let her say stupid things. Who cares? Why do people hold this woman on any kind of pedestal? This whole country is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Ray

    This whole story is retarded. Mental retardation is a term used by everyone including proffesionals to describe a medical condition for decades. When i set the ignition timing on my car i will either advance or retard the timing. Is it wrong or degrading for me to retard my timing. At the end of the day it's only a word and i think the people who are against the use of retard must be ashamed , embarresed or insecure . I think the word retard is here to stay and i don't believe it is dimeaning in any way.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Linda Murree

    ok so while we are tarring Jennifer Aniston let's not forget the use of such words in the various sitcoms that we all watch not to mention the late night talk shows! gheez !!! a learning curve in there somewhere ????

    August 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  102. nimes

    OK, words are not illegal or whatever... when is the book burning starting?

    August 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  103. gert

    First I would like to answer the "stick's and stones" propenents. May I counter with "the pen is mightier than the sword".
    The word you seem to be so astonished at others objecting to it does not just hurt. It scars for life. Secondly, the word was not used as a noun. It was used as an abjective to describe Ms. Anderson"s job. Probably the only thing she could have said worse would have been R N. Not so many would have been yelling get over it then.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  104. ILIKEYOU

    This being news is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Ken

    Ridiculous!!!! The 'R word', the 'N word', the 'F word'!?! What, are we all six years old? Words are just that, mere words, which do no harm to anyone that doesn't originate in their own, overly sensitive heads. Words have only the power over us that we choose to give them, and people so self-consciously tangle-footed by ludicrous PC sensibilities aren't worth the effort it takes to continually placate them.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  106. TheHonestFactor

    How ridiculous (another r-word!) is this? Since when did the word "retard" make such a big stink when people use it? Let's report on more important things, no one cares what word Jennifer Aniston pulled out of her ass this time. It's retarded. Yes, I said it- someone please write a blog about it!

    August 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Peggy

    God, I'm such a retard....I don't get what all the fuss is about!?!

    Maybe we ought to stick to news worthy items and skip the "retarded" worry about what words are not deemed POLITICALLY CORRECT! It's really getting boring. Actually, the definition for retard is slow. So, I guess we can't "retard" the growth of bacteria anymore either, huh?

    August 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Jim

    Oh come on people, she wasn't intentionally insulting anyone. I love how hyoporcracy runs deep in our culture. All of you perfect people out there make sure you post how bad Jennifer is before you verbally abuse your significant other or swear at someone in traffic! Oh, but I guess as long as it isn't on TV it's OK right?

    August 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Mario

    People are overreacting, yes it was bad that she said it but I doubt she intended to say. Aniston comes from a generation of people who used that word often when teasing each other in high school (and in adulthood). It is offensive and cruel to use that word but does anyone seriously think that Jennifer harbors any cruel or abusive feelings towards differently abled people?

    August 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  110. ldubs

    Per Zach Galifianakis, it's pronounced, "r'tard."

    August 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Aniston

    Give me a break! The "N" work, the "R" word, the "S" work, the "A"..... who are those politically correct morons with so many hangups! Geez, WHAT A BUNCH OF RETARDS!

    August 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  112. lduubs

    It's "r'tard."

    August 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Kay

    I would just like to say that I have a brother that is mentally handicapped and all our lives we have treated him no different than any of our other siblings. He has grown up to be a great person and mostly self-sufficient. I credit a lot of this to our mother, who never let him use his handicap as a crutch. And, yes...when we were young and playing around...we ALL called each other retards! It meant nothing!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Grinder

    Obviously many of you do not have a child or are just ignorant rednecks! !

    August 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Confused

    My Mother always referred to herself as being a "cripple." Then later in her life she was told that was wrong. She then became" handicapped." Then she was wrong again. She became" physically challenged." All these changes in referring to her disability hurt her more than when some one would say she was a cripple. In fact in the last few years of her life she referred to herself as being a cripple and had no ill feeling about it.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  116. spyboy

    Sarah Palin defends Dr.(i use the term loosely) for use of the "N" word but is offended when people use the "R" word (and i don't snicker snicker mean republican)>Grizzly grow a pair of Cajones and just hibernate or better yet take care of your family.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Lori

    Jen... apologize for it, don't say it again...even in private... and move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Thanks language and thought police. Do you descend from the Nazis? Do you realize you'd fit right in with that mentality?

      August 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Erica

    OMG people....she said retard....get over it. People say it all the time. Some of the things people throw a fit over is just insane. How bout we worry about more important things & quit being so uptight. It's a freakin' word....Come on now.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  119. socially no correct

    I am nearly 50 and can say that the word retard is a word we all grew up using. I will not bow to overly sensitive types who feel that it demeans people with limited mental capabilities. If you ARE one of those people, I would not call YOU a retard! But I will call my best friend or next door neighbor a retard, because the shoe fits.
    While I'm setting the record straight, let's talk about handicapped drivers. I get behind a handicapped driver who is going way below the limit and I get upset with them. My wife says "honey, can't you see they're handicapped (by their license plate)?" My response is "Just because you're handicapped doesn't give you the right to drive like a d*ck." Case closed.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  120. avenger

    Please! If it weren't for all the retard posts on here, how else would I entertain myself at work?

    Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard Retard

    There, I just outdid that retard Dr Laura!

    August 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  121. irebeaus

    For those of you here that think it's OK to use the word "retard" in a derogatory manner, and with such glee, and towards those that disagree with you (like on this board), do you teach your child the same word? Or other derogatory words? What if he/she were called a retard at school? Or a race-related derogatory word? Then it would be different, right? Then the word hurts, doesn't it? Have a little sensitivity and tolerance towards others on these boards. My child has special needs but he is intelligent enough not to use derogatory words towards others. Seems like some of you could benefit from following his lead.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  122. MJ

    A credible organization thinks Jennifer Aniston is influential to our society? Now THAT's re..... oh wait ..... FOOLISH! If you grew up in certain decades, there were certain phrases we used that are now considered horribly un-PC. Sometimes I have to think twice before I open my mouth – I nearly let the phrase "Indian-giver" pass my lips this morning; I can understand when, in a certain comfortable frame of mind, it's easy to let these phrases or words slip; I don't think she meant anything by it other than she considers what she does for a living to be simple (compared to what us "real" people have to do to earn a paycheck). Now, if you really want to get me riled, ask me how I feel about the deliberate use of the "N" word in songs, movies, and speech (and I don't mean by Dr. Laura). I feel THAT is a word that should never be used in any situation, yet every day it is commonly used by a large percentage of the population without protest.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  123. DAS

    Typical Hollywood leftie. Maybe she should go have a cigarette with Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock

    August 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  124. ME

    RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares! she has a right to call herself anything! People are just idiots!

    August 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  125. AMP

    And New Jersey is spending how much money to take the word "feeble-minded" out of all legislation as it is old fashioned. Replace with "differently abled" i suppose. If Aniston has said "like a differently abled person" would the Special Olympics still have reacted, and against what? Maybe differently abled people like to dress up and that is not a bad thing, is it?

    This crap will never end. Somebody somewhere is always tired of someone else's crap, chooses to call it offensive, and suddenly a new dictionary entry is spawned, and an organization comes into being around it.

    It's only words people.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Amanda

    RETARD RETARD RETARD. Get over it! "Mentally challenged" people, or whatever they like to call themselves these days don't even use that word anymore! People are retarded and you can easily be such without having any mental issues, it's more of a "slang" or whatever you'd like to call it. I am so sick and tired of being politically correct all of the time. The people who are worried about this are... well, retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Chere

    Here's an idea – quit publishing things like this and they will go unnoticed, at least for the most part. When I was growing up, and not that long ago, we used that word all the time. Not to poke fun at someone with disabilities but to make fun of ourselves for the most part. It is only hurtful if used derogatorily towards someone, especially someone with disabilities. I've heard many people with such disabilities use the word to describe themselves or someone else in a joking manner. The word has no feeling associated with it until one is used and has a reaction to it. If you find it offensive tell the person referring to you as such, and hope they don't do it again. If they do you know that was the purpose If not it was an honest mistake. We all need to get some broader shoulders and quit stressing over the little things.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  128. finding6

    Oh good grief chuck brown! Don't we have more important things to worry about than which super loser said what today?? Oh...wait...apparently I don't. ha ha ha.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Michael Scott

    You don't call a retarted person a retard. You call your friends retards, when they're acting retarted.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Jon in Rochester

    I'm waiting for Sarah Palin to defend her free speech rights.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  131. MORRIS

    You know the people that say it is ok to use the R-word is so insensitive. If you had a child with a learning disablitiy you would not want somesone using the R-word to describe you child. We as a human race need to be more compassive toward people that have a learning disablity and include the 99% of the people on this blog.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  132. James

    Give me a break. This is the dumbest controversy. She called herself a retard because she was just expressing how uncomfortable she was recreating iconic photos. Here's a person who obviously doesn't take herself too seriously. Good for her and it's nice to see. But then these morons in the media and people who play records backwards get all upset. Sorry, but I didn't get the memo that retard was a restricted word like the N-word.

    What's next? Will FAT be off limits because fat people will get upset?

    This is what we get on a slow news day, a whole bunch of s nit-picking things famous people say.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  133. mary

    stop looking at ways to be offended...............

    August 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Diane

    My mother is mentally and physically handicapped and I do not take offense to the word "retard" unless someone is directly calling her that word. In fact, most mentally handicapped people are not offended by the word unless someone tells them they should be. They aren't so self-conscious about that word that they get insulted when someone is making fun of themselves and not them. If someone tries to say that's because they don't understand, maybe it's you that doesn't understand. My mother knows exactly what it means and has sense enough not to be insulted unless someone is insulting her. I don't care much for Jennifer Aniston, but I don't think she deserves all this negative publicity. If she's going to be berated for something, it should be all the crappy movies she has made. Friends has been the only good thing in her career.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Lewinsky

    you have no idea how much i love pie. aniston, if you like pie, i love you. thanks. -M.L.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  136. irebeaus

    For those of you trying to claim that the term "retard" is not considered derogatory, see #4. Aniston was clearly using the word in a self-derogatory manner." No, she wasn't describing anybody else with that word, but she did use it. She has the ability to influence other people, particularly younger fans, so she should set an example. With great media power and celebrity comes great responsibility, right?

    from dictionary.com:

    re·tard   /rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈritɑrd for 4/ Show Spelled[ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] Show IPA
    –verb (used with object)
    1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
    –verb (used without object)
    2. to be delayed.
    –noun
    3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
    4. Slang: Disparaging .
    a. a mentally retarded person.
    b. a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
    5. Automotive, Machinery . an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  137. metarded

    Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt. Get over it RETARDS.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  138. nambi

    Now there's an "R" word good grief!! this is ridiculous soon everyone will need to speak in Letters and acronyms because you may offend people. that's' RETARDED!

    August 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Anonymous

    As a parent of a child with special needs, I find it extremely offensive. I myself am guilty of throwing this term around when I was younger, but since I have been blessed with my beautiful daughter, I would never EVER think of it again! I would never want anyone to refer to my daughter using that term! Until you are blessed enough to know and love someome with special needs, you'll never know the true offensiveness.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Sorry about your retarded kid. What's funny is you say you used the word before you had the kid. But yet now you expect others to not say it (just like you did) before they've also had a retarded kid, unlike you. Hypocritical, don't ya think? Also, why do you find the term offensive? Just because you were told you should be offended by the word? That's my guess.

      August 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Veronica

    This article is retarded. RETARDED! I feel for Ms.Aniston, she has a right to say things in any which way she pleases. I'm sure she meant no harm. Its RETARDED that its even an issue, when more pressing issues are happening around us. How about the fact that half of my family is unemployed and losing their homes, how about my aunt we severe medical issues now has breast cancer and is having to pay 100,000+ dollars for treatment when she's unemployed. How about gas prices, hunger, healthcare, jobs, taxes, etc, etc, etc. RETARDED.!!! Lets keep it real and focus on other issues then this RETARDED b.s. we have to consistently be fed ..... as if we were retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  141. irebeaus

    I hope those posting online here wouldn't support the use of derogatory words by your children or grandchildren, even though you wholeheartedly promote it for yourselves. I will not allow my children to use derogatory words to describe somebody because it promotes intolerance. And it does hurt people, particularly children. My son is a special needs child but is intelligent enough to know that other children see him as different. Would the word "retard' be allowed on the playground? No. Why? Because most of us want our children to be more tolerant. Anyone in the public eye (Aniston, Limbaugh, Emmanuel) should know better and not promote the use of derogatory words by using them through the media.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  142. phay13

    I am so sick of the 'politically correct" police judging every word that is in our vocabulary and our use of it.! Since when is it so bad to use a word like 'retard' when the words of rap songs and the like are so much worse? I haven't heard of the PC police condemning those words! What ever happened to our First Amendment right to free speech? Get off that bandwagon & leave us alone!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  143. drinker

    Whoopdi freakin do

    August 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Kelly M

    So many of you are saying "no big deal, they are just words" well this just shows the level of ignorance and intelligence is this world. We are all responsible for our words. If you have ever held your crying Mentally Handicapped Sister in your arms while neighborhood children throw rocks at her and call her the "R"word, then you might understand the sensitivity. Shame on her for this!!! No longer a fan!!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Kathy

    Oh pleeeeaaaasssseee. There are so many other horrible things that people do. Isn't there anyone else to rag on today? "Oooops" guess I shouldn't use the word "rag!" Women who haven't gone through menopause might be offended!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Tim

    This is well, retarded. Not much of a "free" country when I have to check the list of unacceptable words before I open my mouth.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  147. RETARDED ONE

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    August 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  148. H-Word

    Aniston is from a generation that didn't have hang-ups on "bad words" but were used loosely with no offense to the people that are in that condition.

    But I realize that the times have changed, that in the USA, we've regressed to some over HYPERSENSITIVITY in our culture. You don't really see this in other countries.

    I'm no big fan or follower of Aniston, and to some degree, she has to realize the kind of world we live in and the powers and or groups that try to control expression and freedom of it and speech, freedom of letting out a bad word ...in 2010... of all years.

    All this Hypersensitivity is getting a bit too much, but again, its part of a new social thing in the USA where its such a mixed pot of cultures, people, etc. and all want to be "respected".

    August 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Court

    Oh for goodness sakes! Do you all want to know what the big darn deal is? The fact that she's a celebrity and is using a derogatroy word no matter the context. Honestly? We all hold celebrities to a higher standard. I don't condone using the word by any means and I do support stopping the use of it in a derogatory manner but do all of you people seriously think anyone cares that you say it all the time? No, and if we did this article would be about you. Does it really hurt to stop saying something just because someone says it offends them? No. Geez, people need to learn a little compassion for others.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  150. wow

    I can't believe this is a news story. We are officially out of problems in this country

    August 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Jennifer

    OK, America. Keep Your Mouth Shut!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  152. WHOCARES

    RETARD...RETARD...RETARD...RETARD...RETARD...LOOK I JUST USED IT FIVE TIMES. OH BOY I BETTER WATCH OUT SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET ME. PEOPLE NEED TO GROW UP

    August 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  153. JoOrwell

    Newspeak. The principle that the dictionary shall be shortened every year and words torn away to produce a smaller vocabulary for self-expression. This discourages free thought and opinon. Doubleplusgood if you ask me!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  154. erik

    This entire conversation is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  155. jon

    When I was still in Grade School my band teacher, frustrated that we weren't playing our notes up to par, told us right up front, "you are not retarded".

    August 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Gore's Therapist

    I think she should be in prison.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Mike

    Anyone who is offended by this is obviously a retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Lisa

    Oh, PA-LEASE. Give me a freakin break. Soon we are going to have only a handful of words we can safely speak without someone with no backbone getting offended!! GROW UP PEOPLE!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Taylor

    So she said retard...so what. Who really cares except the news media, and weak minded people.
    This country has real issues, and saying "Retard" is big news? Move on PLEASE! Oh and speaking of retards, why do we need to hear what Palin has to say every freekin day? Argh!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Good Grief!

    What ever happened to, sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me? This whole thing is retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Imbecile

    I get very very angry every time someone on the news says they spread fire retardant on a wildfire. They have no idea what it's like to be a retarded fire. If they did, they wouldn't use that term.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Paul

    Come on guys! She was just saying it, she doesn’t mean to hurt anybody. People are too sensitive about the use of some words, but actually do much more harm to people everyday. They don’t say the words that can hurt people…they hurt people and go with that!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  163. hillbilleter

    Using the dictionary's definition of the word, this is a retarded story – the R-word is really RAIN. Ask any event planner. You don't say the R-word while planning an event.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Jbone

    Well, it's true. Aniston is a bit retarded. I mean, mentally disabled. Errr, handicapable....

    August 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  165. rachelsmama

    I'm always amazed at how easily this word rolls off of peoples' tongues. Jennifer was being self-deprecating and she likened herself to behaving like disabled individuals whose quality of life is, well, NOTHING compared to hers, or for that matter, most of the insensitive idiots in this blog. Do you use that word AROUND disabled individuals? If your answer is 'no' you should think about not ever using it irregardless of their presence. Their life situation is NEVER funny. Sorry–you want to get my back up, disrespect my daughter. YOU have the intelligence to find another adjective to use, don't you?? Jennifer just lost all my respect. I thought she was a smarter and more compassionate person but apparently not. I hope none of you ever suffers brain damage. OMG...then it would be about YOU, right?

    August 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Darren

    Here we go again. An organization is getting its nose all out of joint.
    Please do not tell me that I can't use a word that is in the dictionary.
    People are becoming too over sensitive about what a person says, especially if this person is someone famous etc.
    Just suck it up and move on.
    I will not be taking any oath etc. not to use any particular word spoken in the english language, thankyou.
    The word RETARD is in the dictionary and has a few ways it can be used including a persons mental state.

    Darren

    August 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  167. hillbilleter

    What is wrong with people that their feelings are so easily destroyed? What happened to "be and adult and get some perspective?" Are we so hard up for some reason to be offended that we can't say particular words anymore? If we give up our right to express ourselves, using the words that society recognizes as the most descriptive words for our needs, will those words next be taken out of dictionaries? Are we that lame? That moronic? And BTW, MORONIC is a clinical term. Go ahead and get offended.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  168. JENA

    I grew up in California and it was an everyday thing to say to friend, "don't be such a retard". Though knowing it is not being sensitive to say it, there is a whole generation of adults that just might slip and use the "R" word because they grew up hearing or using it.
    Give her a break, I'm sure she didn;t mean to hurt or demean anyone.
    Go Jennifer, I think you're great!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Retard

    Oh my god, get over it! Why the F are people so sensitive these days. She said retard. WHO CARES!!! You really think telling a retard they are handi-capable makes them less retarded? Jesus people.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  170. David

    This is amazing. Let's all just back away from this one and go one with our lives.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  171. leeflea51

    Dear God, are we going to get to the point in this country where we have to watch each word we use for fear of offending someone? We really need to get a grip.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Zenechka

    I can't believe that she was so retarded to say retard on national TV. I still like her though. :)

    August 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Radio

    I'm not upset by what Jennifer said, or what Dr. Laura said, and my opinion should count twice!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  174. RA

    There is nothing wrong with that word. As a student in the second grade we shared a classroom with a boy whose mother was drunk when she was pregnant with him. We were told by the teachers he was retarded, his mother said he was retarded, and yes, he was retarded. He was a slow learner. Is it so bad to use a word that we were told was fine one day but told later in our lives is taboo? We need to grow thick skin if we are to survive as a nation. When did we decide to become so sensitive? Freedom of speech is slowly being taken away from us. Look what happened to our right to privacy.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Sofa King We Todd Id

    Oh My God – with all the neurosurgeons posting here why do I even vote for they cancel them out! Listen to Dr Laura's point on the first amendment as why she's going off the air – does one has to worry over words used because they have celebrity? People dont have to like what someone says but that's life, grow a spine and get over it! We live in a candy a$$ society where everyone needs to be special. Cut me a friggin break, kindergarten graduation, elementary graduation – lets make everyone feel special before we go out and hug a tree. Seriously how many Retards out there were actually listening to and offended by these remarks – guessing not too many – they were too busy buying the shiny new helmets to wear on the short bus to go back to school. Oh my – I'm so sorry if I offended any of you out there – NOT!

    August 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Georgiann

    Aren't we all getting just a little nuts about every little slip-up. Geez. Chill out all you people who have nothing better to do than to analyze every word out of a persons mouth. We all have our day.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  177. james lynch

    y'all need to GROW UP.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Sam

    This story is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  179. vinnie

    who cares ...hello...SHE'S AN ACTRESS!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  180. max

    ITT: retards getting mad about some retard saying retard

    August 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  181. the word police

    At what point will there be no words to speak? Are we a nation of free speech? When will we get Americaback?

    August 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  182. MT

    This article is so gay. sorry if i offend anyone.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Justin A

    I think the fact that this is "Big Breaking News" is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Marc L from NY

    This controversy is retarded. That is what is retarded. People always crying about what others say, not what they do is retarded . Relying on celebrities as role models simply because they are on TV is retarded. Allowing someone you don't even know to affect you with their words is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Differently Abled

    I am not offended by the "R-word" (RETARD), but just so you know, the new "politically correct" term for r-tards such as myself is "Differently Abled". Just call us DAs LOL! Seriously though. It's a word that has different meanings depending on the context. It doesn't offend me or any of my "Differently Abled" friends so why in the world should it bother those who are close to us?

    August 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Felix

    This whole thread is retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  187. danbeaches

    Is America becoming a bunch of hypersensitive exaggeratedly politically correct herd animals?
    C’mon let’s get an f’ing spine!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Meg

    While yes, the R-word is just a word, one that I too have been guilty of using many times, but the point that the Special Olympics is trying to make is that while it is "just a word" to some, that word can be the most hurtful to people that have any type of disability. And until the day that your child comes home from school with eyes that are red from crying, because they have been teased and called that r-word, you will never understand the effect that word actually has. I am a mother of two children with learning disabilities, and it is not easy for them to develop a "thick skin" and shrug it off as "just a word" As their mother I want to do everything in power to keep them from getting hurt, and by educating people about how cruel some words can be, I hope that it will make a difference in one persons life.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  189. jad

    Waiting for Obama to chime in on his take of the situation. Does he think she acted "stupidly"? This is right up his alley – it has nothing to do with what he should be focusing on.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  190. CanadaTard

    The people in the press are the Retards for running this crap as "newsworthy". Retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Deuce

    Bunch of Retards!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Billy

    Look she used the word "retard" which means slow down delay. Now if she would have said retarded then I can see this being a big deal!! Retarded means slow in development. She never said it like that!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  193. jes

    I understand that, yes people are being a little over reactting but still I think most of you guys don't get it. The reason some of us are a little upset is because the use of the term (Retarded) is overused and very rude. It hurts people. What if I went up to you and started going off about how you were retarded and I was a complete stranger. The problem is is that most people use it to get attention..or in this case more attention Jen wanted someone to go over to her and say.. "oh Aniston you are not retarded, your wonderful" But she ended up offending people.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Ginger

    How freaking stupid. Seriously, people have lost it...I think they're all retards...

    August 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Kathleen

    Who cares. Our media tries so very hard to sensationalize everything. Jennifer Aniston is an actress. I'm sure she regrets her word choice. With everything that is going on in the world, this is news? Give me a break. It is so hard to find anything interesting to read or watch on tv these days.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Dumb

    Dee Dee Dee

    August 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  197. TheWonderHorse

    You know what's funny.. when most people use the term "retard" they're not referring to people with mental handicaps. They're nearly always talking about a friend of theirs who is flailing around or otherwise acting like an idiot.

    To be honest, I can't remember one incident where someone said "What a retard" and was looking to make a joke about people with mental handicaps. I've never once heard someone look at a mentally handicapped person and say "Wow, look at that retard." In my opinion, anymore, it's just a term for acting stupid... and no one but the Special Olympics seems to try SO HARD to keep that term as an offensive word for the mentally disabled.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Fallowt

    I thought the R-word was "Racist". That's what I hear about 500000 times a day.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Astarte

    I think that it's fine that she used it in this instance. She wasn't referring to a person with special needs. Those involved with the special olympics and special education issues object to 'retard' because it now has the connotation of 'stupid'; this is exactly how Anniston was using it, to refer to herself as acting stupidly. Obviously she wasn't saying that she was acting like someone with Down's Syndrome, or autism; that would make no sense. So, if the special needs community feels that that word does indeed mean 'idiot', then they have nothing to be upset about, because her use was correct. Unarguably, she could have chosen a different word and avoided the stir, but still, it's silly.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Dumb

    You are all F-tards!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Mike

    This whole thing is just retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Kevin

    Okay so I get it people slip. But as someone whohas spent the last 30 years working with people who are developmentally disabled I know first hand what it is like to see the look of hurt on someones face when they are called retard when in fact they are "retarded". I hope that many of the posters above never have a child with a disability only to eat their own words. Its not about policing what people say or being politically correct – its a hurtful word to many. With the increasing rates of Autism in this country it is more thank likely that one of the poeople here who thinks that "retard" is not a big deal will likely have a child with Autism. Jen just needs to say sorry and move on. The rest of you _ would it be so difficult to try not to use that word?

    August 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  203. ficheye

    NEWS FLASH!! JENNIFER ANISTON IS NOT SMART! UPDATE AT 11!!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Guest1

    Come on retards, get over it. Give me a break.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  205. avi

    who gives a sh**

    August 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Who Cares

    This story is retarded. Who cares?

    August 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Jen

    The real story here is how hateful and divided Americans have become. We unfortunately live in a time of Palin-isms where hate speech in the US is commonplace in politics and every day life. Americans are hated world wide for their lack of compassion, empathy, and the inability to understand others not like themselves. I challenge all of you to travel and hear what people think of you as an American, it is not pretty.
    Show some respect, compassion, and empathy for others not like you.
    Whether it is race, disability, religion, err on the side of compassion and understanding. If you find that you do not understand an issue then study it. Reading my fellow Americans responding to this blog saddens me. I live in a foreign country and am constantly trying to repair and explain that Americans are not bad people. When you rant like uneducated children and show the world that you are out of touch with sensitivity, civility, and reality you leave me with nothing to work with. Sad indeed, I am embarrassed for you and you should be to.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ficheye

      Jen, Thank you for your intelligent post. If more people were as considerate as you maybe our country wouldn't be such a cesspool of inverted thinking and prejudice based social interactions. There is still hope, but at times it seems to be fading.

      August 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Zoe2

    Has anyone seen Glee? They have a woman with Down Dyndrome on the show and her interaction with the character Sue is so heartwarming. It just goes to show that we can learn about living in the heart with pure love from those who are not corrupted by the runaway mind or the runaway mouth. Aniston made a mistake. We all do but she needs to think before she speaks!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Betty Rea

    Good grief! People should just get over it! Why have we become so sensitive to these words that some people take them out of context and demonize a person for simply uttering the words. This is Censorship! The last I checked, we are supposed to have freedom of speech in the USA!!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Jeff

    I call my kids Retard when they act stupid, it motivates them not to. Retard Retard Retard, big deal, its just a word, people need to get a life.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Brian Kerry

    Holy hell, I'm glad she didn't use the "N" word, or else we'd have to run her out of the film industry.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Eric of Reseda

    I'm sorry, but some people are retarded. Retardation is a clinical term. Retarded is a clinical term. Retard is a clinical term. This is a TOTALLY ridiculous controversy. Someone referring to themselves as a "retard" does NOT in any way, shape or from automatically cast aspersions on retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Anne

    Backlash brewing? I don't see any backlash except that constructed by the media outlets trying to invent a conflict.

    And seriously, "the R-word" is more offensive than retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Urada

    This whole "forbidden word" crap has gone entirely too far. Next thing you won't be able to say your white dress is ugly because I'm white and I might be offended because you think I'm ugly too. What a bunch of idiots. It only makes me more inclined to say whatthehellever I please. Call me anything you want. I really don't give a d*&n. If it's true, it's true. If it's not, it's not.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Jeff S

    This is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Cathy

    Please tell me all of you people who are saying that her comments were not bad....did you feel the same way about Dr. Laura? Isn't degrading retarded children just as bad as giving a black person a horrible label? My thought is that she will get a walk for her poor misguided "mistake" and not be crucified like Dr. Laura.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Dog

      Hi Cathy,

      I am white and my co-worker is black. Yesterday we listened to the Dr. Laura tape and neither one of us was offended because she wasn't calling anyone a N****R, she was using the word to make a point. (A*d I only S***** out the word because using the N word is against CNN policy)

      August 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  217. john smith

    aren't people always telling blacks to not be so sensitive? how is this any different?

    August 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  218. NM122WG

    I'm tired of all the backlash where every word spoken is scrutinized and torn down until someone thinks they have a newsworthy story. Apparently most people have WAY too much time on their hands (including me, because I read the article)!!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Judgement

    I mean really, are there not more pressing matters. What ever happen to sticks and stones? Have we reached a point where we hang on every word waiting to be offended? I wonder sometimes if people just like to be offended so they can try to make the other person grovel for forgiveness. It was an off color comment but, WHO CARES!

    Give freakin people a break. I mean she does a lot of good work and she is being persecuted because she said "retard"? I mean is this the new Nword? Which is stupid too. I could care less what people call me because I just consider the source.

    No I am not always aware of what offends everyone, but who can do that? People are so easily offended, thin skinned, and looking for reasons to be upset that it is difficult not to offend people anymore. It isn't like she is the President who said it. She is just a person like we all are, fallible and not perfect. No one is!

    Well there was this one guy....

    August 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Ruth

    Retard is a medical term much like obese until we eliminate every medical term from our vocabulary retard stays.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  221. nancy

    Ok, let me get this striaght, I cant say the R word the N word the F word the P word the k word the D word the LMNOP word, the W word the V word. Not many letter left. I'm sticking with Hebrew – they got their own fresh alphabet that aint screwed up by the political correctness pirates! Dont people know its not the word but the intent! We are so going down for being stupid. Can I say that or does it offend the Stupid People League?

    August 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Anthony

    Well, as long as it's not the N word, she'll be fine....

    August 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Sam

    Lighten up and Get over it people- stop being so PC, you make me sick with all this over-sensitivty! GO JEN GO!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Jimbo

    I'm going to exercise my 1st Amendment right: This whole issue is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Cara

    All of you who are claiming "get over it!" are at the same time crying foul over a mosque being built near Ground Zero and claiming how insentive it is to people who lost friends or family there. HYPOCRITES!

    Yes, we may be too PC about some things but as a human being with compassion for others, if someone were to tell me my words or actions hurt them, I stop doing/using them.

    The majority of the comments out there show me why America is getting dumber and dumber and lags way down behind other countires in I.Q. tests despite the fact that we have the largest economy and "are #1" (yeah, right). Look at the names you use: "Fifi", "B-Dog", "Mojo" - really?!)

    "Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever. "

    August 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Dog

      Actually Cara, I think protesting the Mosque is stupid, just like protesting a church or a temple would be stupid. To judge a group by the evil extremists is a dumb thing to do. So because some EXTREME PSYCHOPATHIC Muslims did something super evil we shouldn't allow the peaceful kind to worship near ground zero? That's dumb.

      "Yes, we may be too PC about some things but as a human being with compassion for others, if someone were to tell me my words or actions hurt them, I stop doing/using them." <– Cara, so what if I told you that you driving your driving your minivan or whatever you drive really hurt me because you are ohhh keeping our nation dependent on oil, would you stop driving? Or if I told you that your long hair upsets me because it reminds me of my grandmother who passed away, would you keep your hair up on the chance that we might run into each other? Exactly. So you live your life, and I'll live mine and if something offends you, GET OVER IT!

      For the record, America isn't getting dumber and dumber... AMERICANS might be though.

      August 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Silicon

    The people who make a big deal about this are the true retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Eric

    Welcome to the age of hyper sensetivity and political correctness. It's a joke how people think we shouldn't say certain words cause it may hurt someones feelings and then we need a group to come out and defend them. Stop taking things so personally and get over it. This is just the beginning where the speech police start banning words that they deem inappropriate. ITS JUST A WORD so go obsess on something else.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  228. rstt8825

    The fact that the Special Olympics feels Jennifer Aniston is influential on society is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Matthew

    This story is so retarded. Who cares? De-de-de!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  230. fadeinlight

    the big question is who is worse–people who use the R-word, or the ultra-politically-correct? In my opinion, it's the latter who are bigger A-words.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Amy Atteberry

    How many people in this world say that world, ummm alot, for them to make a mountain out of a mole hill is very RETARDED!!! She wasn't even using it in that way!!!! SO GET OVER IT!!!!! People make up stupid crap to try and pick on celebritys, whoopee if she said it.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Kerry

    Clearly we need to resort to a system of nods instead of speaking because heaven forbid someone get offended!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Ken

    Hey B-Dog! You're a retard!

    Now even though I don't mean this (as their comment was my favorite) I am curious – have I offended B-Dog or someone who knows a retarded person (perhaps one who looks very sweet when they pick flowers and smell the wrong end!)

    August 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  234. HJUXLEY

    iM FROM THE 60s AND THINK THIS IS retarded oops I mean who are these retards complaining ? oops I hope she dosen't blink an eye over this retarded experience. oops I will stop saying this . What a bunch of dunces and morons.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  235. BDiego

    What a joke, Special Olympics has a chip on its shoulder. They made up an issue out of nothing, like they are the censor police. Why is it not okay to use retard but okay to use every other synonym? It's dumb. It's stupid. It's retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Seriously?

    The "R Word"... Seriously????

    August 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Daniel

    What a retarded article.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  238. biscuit

    I HAV IT! YOU MAKE VER Y ANGER! DONT MAKE FUN OFF ME OR I GET SADN! GO BISCUIT!!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  239. TeamAniston

    My God people – I'm sure she didn't mean it in a malicious way...PLEASE move on....has there been nothing you have said that may have slipped out? Only difference is, you are not under constant scrutiny like Jennifer is...I completely respect this woman – what a life she has led and still manages a smile...

    August 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Herb

    By definition, a retard is a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way.
    So, in the context of her answer in the interview, Jennifer Aniston was actually using
    the word correctly, mocking herself for her unimportant life. (Applause)
    So, any person raising a stink over this is, in fact, a retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Stv

    Got to be kidding me... This is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  242. renee

    Get over it. Its a word!!! If she called someone else a retard fine, but really?? In the context it was used its so ridiculous that this is an issue AT ALL!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  243. TheIrony

    The only group labeled by, yet not offended by the word "retard" are people who are retarded. They don't know what it means, and I am pretty sure they don't care.

    I think it is funny that we want to use bigger words to label them. Try explaining to a retard what "mentally challenged", or "special needs child" means. Of course, to do that you would have to tear them away from their Duplo blocks and Sesame street.

    If you are offended by this, I suggest you take a lesson from the retards. Live one day at a time, and stick to the things you like to do and understand well. Put the cross you are trying to carry down, because after-all, much like a retard trying to do calculus, your effort is cute but you are in way over your head. /sarcasm

    August 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Mike

    This whole story is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  245. boocat

    She called herself a "retard." What is the problem?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  246. JC

    Ya bunch of retards!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Mlukesh

    In the grand scheme of things what she said was no big deal. UGH, GROW UP AMERICA! We used to be a country of tough, thick skinned individuals. Now we're a bored and decadent nation of whiners looking for an excuse to complain and create drama over nothing.
    I find myself more, and more, and more ashamed to call myself an American everyday....

    August 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  248. valproic

    And we should also ban the word "intelligent." After all intelligence only has meaning in terms of concepts like ignorant, and stupid. Indeed, let's bar all words so that no one will ever be offended again. Then we can communicate like most animals do – by signs. Of course, someone is liable to find offense somewhere in an unguarded facial expression.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  249. TGP

    I have a kid with a disability and don't appreciate the "Rword", I 'm not going to correct any of you. One day you will become disabled and slow. The young will be calling you the R-word, maybe then you will understand what I mean!

    Grow a brain first, People!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  250. sophie

    DO ANY OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE JOBS? if not, get one. you all have way too much time on your hands.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Vanny

    what a bunch of ree-ree's

    August 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  252. CJ

    Retard is a bad word now? Cmon folks...lighten up. This country has become WAY too sensitive. Then again, if the people who lived in this country were tougher we wouldn't be in all the problems we have now.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Matt in Phille

    oh no... words... the true enemy. Recall the troops and forget this Al-Qaeda thing! We need to forget about immigration law and healthcare. We need to focus and work on persecuting someone because they said.... a word!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  254. David

    Jen is decent looking so its ok. If a fat chick said it that wouldnt be cool.

    killretards.com

    August 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  255. JR Jake

    Hey Jenn, 'not cool'.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  256. usaf biker

    People will cry about everything. Bless their hearts. Reminds of the new commercial...."Maybe we need to take you to Mamby-Pamby and get you some self confidence!! You Jack-wagon!!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  257. David Resch

    MOVE ALONG LOSERS! WHO CARES

    August 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Dan

    She has nothing to apologize for. It is a perfectly acceptable word. Just because some organization wants to "redefine" its meaning does NOT suddenly make it be redefined. If someone is actually intending to attack or mock mentally handicapped people, that is unacceptable regardless of whether they say "retard" or "retarded". Its the INTENT that matters. Let's stop letting "vocabulary police" curtail our freedom of speech. Words are simply words!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  259. 523Sig Bn

    The only retards are the ones who try to make an issue out of the word "retard."

    August 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  260. RL

    Political correctness has gone overboard. I'm hoping for a backlash that will straighten this all out. Jennifer isn't attacking challenged people, she grew up like the rest of us using this word as a generally descriptive word for someone that does goofy stuff. If it's obvious that she's not putting down this group or people, give her a break. This shouldn't even be a news story.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Grumpy51

    The word "retard" is in fact in the Webster dictionary "kept back, hinder". Now what? Rewrite the Dictionary??

    August 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  262. CeeBee

    I guess the Special Olympics people should have a beef with Airbus (the airplane manufacturer). On an Airbus, upon landing, the autopilot voice tells the pilots to "Retard, retard, retard". This means simply that the pilots must manually close the throttles and apply reverse thrust.

    Maybe they will have Airbus issue a fix to change the wording to something more 'appropriate'.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  263. PC Incorret

    Why is it that some people believe that if you change the name of something that it somehow changes what it is? If someone is referred to as retarded, mentally challenged, slow, special, etc. it still doesn’t change what they are.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  264. B F D

    This is so retarded.

    have you seen my baseball?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  265. TropicanaG

    I'm glad that I am just little ol' me so that every single word I ever say won't be criticized by 'scandal crazy' media!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  266. JohnLadd

    Are you kidding me? This is what all the hoopla is about she said retarded? This PC crap has got to end. Anything anybody says can or could be hurtful to others feelings and that's what this all boils down to is feeling. My god people is everyone out to which-hunt anybody that has and sort of star power today? We are becoming a country full of pantie-wastes! A bunch of little school girls with nothing better to do than bash someone over the use of a silly word.
    Jen you're still my huckleberry! You and Kate Hudson are my dream women!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Jonathan

    I believe there are certain contexts for using the "R WORD." One example of an appropriate use of the word is "The media are a bunch of retards that make issues out of arbitrary crap."

    August 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  268. OMG

    We, as a nation, have become far too sensitive. Everyone has to have something to be offended by or they feel they aren't being Americans. I'm sick of words being referred to as "r" word and "n" word. What are we all a bunch of ear muff 4 years olds nowadays?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  269. KJ

    I have a sister who is retarded (apparently, now she's mentally challenged until that becomes offensive). I grew up with the word and never thought it offensive, at all – even when used casually (we never called Kathy a "retard" and don't feel the need to – actually I think she's pretty smart). Now, if you call my sister a "retard" in a disrespectful manner, I'm going to let you know what I think of you. :-) If someone called someone else a "retard," it had nothing to do with my sister – who is a gift to our family – I'd say she's the sweetest girl in the world but she's got a temper. I just never equated it with my sister's condition. It's only my opinion and my experience but I just don't think Jennifer meant any disrespect or harm. Move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  270. al

    the word llama offends me. could we please stop using it in society?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  271. MISH

    I am confused....when did retard become non PC or for that matter slang or a slur?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  272. g

    For crying out loud the R word, The N word, The C word, The B word. Aan't we all just ignore it? We've become a country of whining babies.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  273. buzz lightyear

    I like retards. They are fun to play with easy to trick. Also I think Jenn A is very hot looking. Admire the beauty.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Boka

    I don't use the word retard. I usually use the word Mongoloid. It sounds funny to me for some reason. Like "Jack! you just spilled coffee on me! You mongoloid!"__

    August 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  275. techman81

    I have to wonder how many people with mental retadation would have even known about this mole hill if the media and a few overly sensitive types hadn't turned it into a mountain.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  276. al

    R is for R-tard

    August 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  277. B55

    Who cares? Retards won't even notice.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  278. showbiz tonight

    What the heck is the R-word?

    This article makes no sense to me.
    Anyway, Jennifer Aniston is an imbecile, an idiot-a moron.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  279. piro

    you're all a bunch of retards (the way it was pronounced in the movie the hangover)

    August 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  280. fantasmic7

    1) a vast majority of this nation's leaders are retards 2) an even larger percentage of those who "report" the news are retards 3) about the same percentage of the people I know are retards and I spend my fair share of time acting retarded. Get the heck over it. Some word will always remain in the vocabulary to describe acting less than intellectual, and someone will object to that one too.....why is retarded not ok, but saying stupid is? How about dumb? How about slow? When someone cuts me off I am not going to call them a "f'n intellecually challenged individual" I am going to call them a "f'n retard" or worse....I say again, get over it

    August 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Richrd M. Nixon

    I like tards – they are fun to play with. Very easy to trick and hide from. I also think jennifer A is very hot looking. So everyone just calm down and admire the beauty.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  282. gglady

    Stigmatizing a celebrity to make up a news story is so transparent. They must think we're a bunch of retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Chrisa Hickey

    The First Amendment says she can say whatever she wants. As Americans we have the right to express our dissaproval (if we dissaprove) through our wallets. Offended? Don't see her movies. I won't see this one anyway, because I think she's a pretty lousy actress.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Daniel

    Why is it okay for the younth and some adults in America to run around an call everything "GAY"! Like that blouse is so "GAY and He/she/it is "GAY". Are you all say that it's fabulous and fantastic or are you saying it like that "sucks", He/she/it's terrible! Pull it together and put away the video games and become an actual memeber of the living society!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Ash

    Funniest comments ever.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  286. phuck this

    Retard retard retard!!! So tired of this everything so politically correct, big f'in deal she said RETARD get over it!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  287. johnnysacco

    Stop being so sensitive people. She meant no harm in her use of the word. She was being self deprecating and wasn't targeting anyone.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  288. gimmeabreak

    Society is just way too darn sensitive. Give me an f'n break people. Sick of everyone crying about a word being used cuz "oh, you just hurt my feelings now I have to sue you and make you an example!". RETARD-it's in the fricken dictionary, why can't one use it, especially on oneself?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Logical Primate

    This story is retarded, why is it even news?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Ric

    This whole PC crap has got to go!! I'm 44 and my cousin who is 1 year younger than me is retarded, not mentally disabled. Oh, we can't use that label, it's hurtful, my ass. That is how this whole, "I'm ____-American" garbage started. Look up the definition of retarded in any dictonary. Should, slow, doe-eyed be dissallowed also?? People, get a clue, it's life and the sooner you get used to it, the better.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Kw67

    This is really insaine. The "R" word? It's time for the P.C. culture to go away.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  292. JimmyNice

    You know what... at the end of the day, a word is just a word and I agree that intent behind that word is the issue.

    The problem is that the vast majority here don't seem to see what's wrong here. That the casual use of a word, that has hurtful or derogatory meaning... to any group... especially when that derogatory term characterizes that group into a stereotyped box claiming "that's the way they are"... is wrong.

    It is completely different when someone uses to refer to their own group. Which frequently comes up in comedy. Most people won't look strange at Chris Rock or Paul Mooney use the n-word, if Woody Allen or Jerry Seinfeld are self depricating about being jewish or if Josh Blue or Christopher "Steady Eddy" Widdows use hateful words that were thrown at them growing up with cerebral palsy.

    Why is it ok? Because if you're in that group others are hurling that word at... you've live in that life.... so IF YOU CHOSE to take hate speech... which is exactly what it is... and turn it back on people and take the power away from it by using it yourself... You've earned it... you're in that group and it's your right.

    My sister in-law was normal in the womb and got caught in the birth canal for 48 hours with a constant reduction of oxygen. She was a little slow at first then had a seizure in the night when she was five. When her parents found her she was blue and almost died. She never got any older mentally and has been like a 5 year old ever since. She grew up in the 70's when kids would throw rocks at her and call her the r-word. It meant she was less than others... not normal... not a person.

    It's like a slap in her face when she hears it even today... and it's a slap in the face to her mother and her sisters when they have to hear it. Even in casual conversation....

    The piont at the end of the day is how are you meaning that word?

    you're being such an n-word – you mean negative stereotypes towards black people... right?
    you're being such a f_g – you mean negative stereotypes towards gay people right like being feminine... right?
    you're being such a j_w – you mean negative stereotypes towards jewish people, usually in regard to money... right?

    So when someon says you're being such a r-word – you mean stupid right... but towards what end... so stupid you're like someone with the actual term ... mental retardation, or mentally challenged... or developmentally disabled.

    Your attempt to sound hip or cool... just slapped someone in the face.

    One day... I hope... these words will be like words from hundreds of years ago... that now mean nothing are are just something brought up in linguistics classes... and that they'll have no power.

    You say it's too far... we're too sensitive... where does it end. Well maybe when the words are just words... and when they don't refer to a slang terms... that put people in boxes and characterized them as less than a person.

    but maybe I'm just being a f_g for being sensitive to my fellow man... or an n-word for trying to relate to the plight of others... or an r-word for thinking it would make any difference to those of you who have no willingness to open your eyes.

    That's just my penny times 2

    JimmyNice

    August 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  293. PC_THUGNESS

    Who cares!? I guarantee EVERYONE who is offended uses words they would normally gripe about in private or w/ their friends. Get over it. America has gone SOFT. SOFT I TELL YOU.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Tim

    Oh brother. People need to get a life. Too many people are so overly sensitive that they go through life miserable because they are offended at the drop of a hat.

    I say, "Bravo Jen!"

    August 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Joey

    Retard as a verb means to slow down. Retard as she used it referred to a person who is socially inept. She was not referring to the people with mental disabilities. But even if she did call a retard a retard why is that bad? A retard wouldn't even know it was an insult they are simpletons by definition. How can it be hurtful if it's true and they are ignorant and unfazed?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Rachael

    Do all of you throw the N-word around like you do the R-word? Both are derogatory, so why the double standard?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Uura

    What I find most objectionable is the X-word thing; R-word, N-word... If you exist at that level of political correctness, you know what they mean. If not, it may confuse you as to which word they really mean. It is as if the actual saying or writing of the original word is what is offensive. In truth, the manner in which any word is used can be offensive. Words themselves are not. Even the N-word... Do you know who I hear use that one most frequently? The very people that are supposed to be so offended by it that polite society has banished it to a single letter... no that it really fools anyone.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Tard

    I'm such a tard for reading these posts, on NO! the t-word

    August 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  299. kell88

    I work for a company that represents people with disabilities. Retard, really isnt a great word, but everyone and there mother uses it. Plus, in the context it is used about 99.9% of the time, it has no real berring on someone with a DD, and when you say it, are you really thinking about some one with a DD?? How about if she said "Jesus Christ", well is that okay! Come on, words are words, we do need to toughen up beyond words!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Nathan

    So do we now have to stop using the word "downer?" Is it going to offend someone who thinks we should be more sensitive to people with Down Syndrome?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Songbird

    I grew up with a brother defined by the school system as 'educable trainable mentally retarded.' He is bright, very funny, a hard worker, and loved by everyone who knows him, so I understand the sensitivity. I do not, however, believe in condemnation for someone calling themselves a name, especially as it slipped out and was not intended to harm. People need to grow up.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Rhtard

    This is retarded! Who cares, who doesn't say something is retarded! Get on her when she says “I play dress-up. I do it for a living, like a mentally disable person”. Regis sucks anyways!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  303. gambino

    i think it's time people stopped to re-think about how words can hurt. IF A PERSON FINDS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO POLLUTE THE EAR WAVES WITH NEGATIVE DISCRIMINATORY AUDIO, GO AT IT, I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE RETARDED YOURSELF. but, when the next crazed kid snaps at school, and starts shooting everybody.............uh huh, are we communicating yet? Like my Uncle Paulie says, "Be Nice"....(or else!)

    August 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Sloppy J

    BREAKING NEWS!! This release, issued jointly by Aniston and her publicist is about to hit newsdesks around the country:

    "During a recent interview aired on 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' I made an unfortunate semantic choice when referring to myself in a self-deprecating manner. My casual, unplanned use of the R-word was not intended in any way to make fun of individuals with learning or developmental disabilities. Although the word was used as slang, in jest in an off-the-cuff remark, it was a thoughtless decision for which I am truly sorry. I hope that someday, somehow to be able to help rebuild the lives I've shattered.

    Truth is, I love retards. Some of my best friends and former co-workers (Return my calls, Schwimmer!) are retards. In the harsh light of day cast by this controversy, I feel this is a good time to reveal the fact that I am in fact repelled by rocket scientists, brain surgeons and computer programmers, but am forcefully attracted to retards, idiots, morons, and f***wads of all shapes and sizes without respect to nationality or creed. I eat 'em up. I can't get enough of the little D-words. I used to imagine Forrest Gump when I was intimate with Brad.

    I never said I was a perfect person. Give me a little credit, will you? Credit for being someone who tried . . to be the best interview she could be. I am guilty . . guilty of love, in the first degree!

    Once again, I truly apologize for the pain, suffering, and any retard riots my actions may have caused. I can do better. I will do better. And make sure to check out my new comedy, 'The Switch,' opening this weekend at a theter near you!"

    Love, Jen

    August 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Kevin

    I hate that the PC Police are allowed to take words away from us because someone has used that word in the pjorative.
    There is nothing so demoralizing as having our rich vocabulary stripped from us by people who think they know what is best for society. This is what Big Brother did in George Orewell's 1984

    August 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Ric

    Retard....Wow, who's to say she wasn't talking about the idiot in charge of the US??

    August 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  307. A.

    I wonder how many of the people that are so outraged over this actually do anything to help the mentally disabled population. 9 times out of 10 people are just complaining to hear themselves speak.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  308. muldoon in ohio

    If the country were in the midst of a depression, if hurricane katrina were pounding the gulf coast, if san francisco fell into the pacific ocean, if BP blew up the world – no one would give a rat's ass about jennifer anniston using the retarded word. Those who complain about such things really need to get a life...and thank their god for how good they really have it.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Debbie Bruce

    okay, here's the deal – people who are uneducated enough to use the word Retard to refer to a mentally handicapped (or is it mentally challenged now?) person are going to continue to use the word in that context no matter what Jennifer Aniston or the Special Olympics say....those of us who use the more politically correct terms are not going to be drawn into using the politically incorrect term just because Ms. Aniston let it slip out on an interview...everybody should really take a chill pill on this stuff

    August 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  310. The Death Pumpkin of Iteriyah

    into the abyss go the fools of earth. for she is not guilty of hatred, but mistake. should she be eaten by the fires of the universe? no. she is not evil. she is human. forgive. to be pompous is too a form of ignorance, and i shall smite thee. damn apes!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Mandingo Warrior

    This article is retarded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Easy

    People are so easily offended these days. "Oh my GOSH, she used a word that offended me! Wahhhhhh" Shut up you bunch of whiny, nothing-better-to-do-than-get-offended cry babies.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  313. T

    That is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Barry Soetero

    Bunch of retards on this board!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Jennifer

    RETARD, RETARD, RETARD!!!! Give me a break!! I can't believe some people are so sensitive over something like that. Jennifer Aniston is a wonderful person and doesn't deserve this.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  316. RETARDJOE

    Hey you bunch of morons,pretty soon the whole alfabet will be used up with N,R,ect words.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  317. John B

    Wow...this story is completely retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  318. GOTTHUMBS

    ????? Whats next ???? Oh he said the X-word... The word she said is retard. She was not using it in malice or to degrade anyone in anger. Soon dummy or dope or twit will be outlawed. Time to move on to the next story....

    August 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  319. MontanaErik

    One of my co-workers today said the recession could continue to retard our company's sales. Should he go to jail or just get fired?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  320. guest

    Derp :)

    August 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  321. hunni

    So retarded! Guess what...one of the definitions of retard when used as a noun is "a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard."
    So why are we all upset that she defined herself properly?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  322. sarge

    she should have said RA-tard

    August 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  323. "A" word?

    To all the people who think it's OK to use the word retard, please spend a day at a Special Olympics event. You will never use the word again unless you're a complete "a**hole".

    August 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunni

      hello...that's is exactly what the word means. I'll use it until the definition changes.

      August 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  324. John

    Websters New Collegiate Dictionary: Slang for : A stupid or foolish person. Looks like the word can be used in more than one context. I think Jennifer meant to use it in this context. These sensitive folks took it out of context.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Brandon

    Retard – as in this argument is retarded.

    Retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Andrew

    Lincoln said, paraphrased- "It is far better to keep your mouth shut than to talk and remove any doubt about your ignorance."

    August 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Mic

    If my son was born with a mental disabilty, I would try to teach him that the world can be cruel and some people may use words that are unkind. But go forward and be strong. This campaign is counter-productive. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Jon

    When will the campaign to eliminate the word "lame" from our vocabulary start? Doesn't that offend people who are disabled too.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  329. CSWright

    Give me a break. Political correctness goes too far in this area!
    What is a retard? Someone suffering from mental retardation (slower than normal growth in the their mental faculties). The word should be no more offensive than parapalegic...it is simply a descriptive term (although generally used pejoratively).

    She was simple making as comment which compared her, as a "normal" person in terms of intellectual development, to someone who is mentally handicapped. A humorous, self=deprecating comment which has been blown far out of proportion.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Ken

    I will say the R-word.... and not care.. Retard! there i said it... do something about it.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  331. sandy

    What's the problem? Last I heard the word "special" is now used to descroibe the developmentally challenged. She used the word in context and with proper meaning.

    –verb (used with object)
    1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
    –verb (used without object)
    2. to be delayed.
    –noun
    3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
    4. Slang: Disparaging .
    a. a mentally retarded person.
    b. a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
    5. Automotive, Machinery . an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  332. l koon

    Give me a break...don't we have other issues to deal with these days? How about the 'U' word...unemployment or the other white meat 'F' word foreclosure! Do people sit around with pen in hand and write down every offensive word spoken on TV. Let's breakdown some off those rap songs we hear all the time! Jennifer Aniston should tell her critics to kiss her 'A' word!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Jobran

    "perpetuates painful stereotypes"

    What, like *being retarded*?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Chris

    Just because the usage of the R word is part of our society does not make it right. Everyone that thinks that obviously does not have someone with mental disabilities in their life. Has this been blown out of proportion? Probably, but that is not the point. The point is the word is very hurtful to a large segment of the population because of the hurtful manner in which the word can be and is used. The usage of the word portrays the user as an ignorant, uneducated human being. If you don't care about hurting other people at least care about making yourself out to be a classy person and find a different adjective.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Derp

    This whole situation and the fact that this is considered "news" is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Tyler

    The controversy over this is RETARDED.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Am

    Times have changed, and the R-word meaning has been reclaimed to mean dufus or idiot. At the utterance of the word it doesn't bring to mind an mentally impaired person. Much in the same way gay no longer means happy and carefree.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Oberstgruppenfuhrer

    are you people seriously arguing over this on a blog? some people will be insulted about anything, no matter what. have we forgot about the all the REAL issues in the world?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Bill

    "The R Word"???? Are you freakin' KIDDING ME? We are a nation of hypersensitive half-wits. (Better?)

    August 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Junior

    The fact that this is an issue or people are upset is RETARDED! What’s next, people with low IQ’s getting upset about folks calling themselves or others dumb?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  341. scsbroadband

    She actually used the word in it's correct form.

    From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "retarded – slow or limited in intellectual or EMOTIONAL development or academic progress."

    Since she said, “I play dress-up. I do it for a living, like a retard.”
    Like a retard in this case would be someone with slow or limited EMOTIONAL development. Cause she still plays "dress up". She wins.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Nick

    I'm just thinking that all the guys on here who see no big deal in using the word are the same idiots in high school who made fun of the handicapped kids. I agree that it's getting a bit tricky to know what words to use but "retard" is a word that is easily avoidable and worth the effort to do so. My brother was called that to his face for most of his life. And I'm sure people say it behind his back even more. I personally hope that all the kids that did it will lose their job, their house, their family and end up on the street and show up too late to get any free food at the soup line. I just can't stand you. Now if you really use the word innocently, I only have a request to ask, don't. But if you do it's your choice as long as you show empathy for those kids. Most of them know they're different and wish they weren't. Horrible to witness the numbere of punks out there.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Dictionary

    By definition, a person who is a Retard is Retarded. The definition of retard is "to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.' So in all fairness, a person with who is "mentally or developmentally challenged, ie. slowed or delayed in development, is in fact, a RETARD. Also, by definition, when used as a NOUN in the derrogatory sense, it is defined as "a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: ie 'a hopeless social retard.'" Therefore only if it is used in a derrogatory manner can it be considered offensive. Jennifer Aniston, though quite possibly may be a retard in the derrogatory use of the word, was not being derrogatroy in nature. So, she's good.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  344. ireland67

    I love American media. Stonings in Afghanistan, Iran building up their Nukes, Britain lays off everyone at RBS in Ireland, N. Korea fuids with S. Korea over artillery barrage, Pakistan under water....and what does CNN have on the front page...Jennifer Aniston saying 'Retard'.
    I like to visit CNN to gate the latest on Hollywood gossip...they should not label themselves a news source...they're pretty much like TMZ.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Ginger

    OMG this is so stupid...I'm pretty sure that when she used "the R word" (lmao) she wasn't referring to the poor mentally challenged people. The fact is that retard is an actual word and not just restricted to the term 'mentally retarded' that so many people connect it to. Now, if she were to put her arm up to her chest and make a 'retard' face as she said it...then maybe I could see what all the hooplah is about.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Ackadamius

    This is ridiculous. The "R-Word", as it is termed, is being stigmatized like the N-Word. They are nothing alike. Retard, as a word, has many other definitions and can be used in a variety of ways to describe anything that is slow or underdeveloped. The N-Word is just derogatory and has no other use but to be derogatory. But to say that I can never use the word Retard again is myopic and only displays that our society has an incredibly small vocabulary and has no idea how to use words.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Common Sense

    This story is RETARDED. There I said it.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  348. The Truth

    This is not news, it is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Geem

    I've worked with mentally retarded people and their level of kindness, lovingness, fairness, honesty, their humanity, surpasses many, many "normal" people's.
    To use the word "retard" casually is insulting and ignorant. To say that "it's just a word" is utterly wrong...of course it's only a word, but words are the substance of ideas, and have real consequence. In this case, the use of this word is a means to dehumanize a group of people, saying that they're "less than human."

    August 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Chris H.

    This is retarded. Everyone needs to get over themselves. Either it is a word that is proper to refer to the mentally challenged or it is not. If it is a proper way to refer to the mentally challenged, then she shouldn't use it in that way. If it is not, then what are they upset with. She didn't call anyone who has a disability retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Dave

    Get over it!!! It was a slip of the tongue that meant nothing. Everyone is so over-sensitive. This should not even be news.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Kamereon

    R-word? Total surprise that it was "retard" – thought they meant "republican". I know Aniston would never stoop so low as to say that.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  353. wmd

    this whole discussion is, ret***ed. I can't believe this was even brought up.
    I couldn't type retarded cause well, might offend someone. WOW

    August 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  354. JC

    The fact that this story is wasting people's precious time is in fact....Retarded! Its a figure of speech. Words are used in many different contexts and ways. For example the use of the "N" word is acceptable among friendly conversation between African-Americans, however it is also can be used in a much more hurtful and demeaning context.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Danny

    Oh no, she said that?? What will we do? How will we survive? WHO CARES!? RETARD RETARD RETARD...

    August 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Evian Bidet

    Regis: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word
    Jen: It depends how it's said. Retarded guys talking to each other seem to think it's ok.
    Kelly: But you're not a tard, they're not retarded, my husband is retarded.
    Jen: Oh, I see, so a word is restricted to slow people. Got it. Can't do much about that.
    Regis: I can't believe someone like you is on the TV spewing out the "retard" word, and I hope everybody heard it.
    Jen: I didn't spew out the "retard" word!
    Regis: You said "retard, retard, retard" and I hope everybody heard it.
    Jen: Yes they did, and I'll say it again: retard, retard, retard" is what you hear on HBO.
    [Crosstalk]
    Jen: Why don't you let me finish a sentence? Don't take things out of context. Don't Simple Jack me, leave them in context.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  357. MarylandMom

    OK, if it's OK to use retard liberally, whenever one pleases, then I think I should be able to say, f.a.g, d.y.k.e, k.i.k.e, s.p.i.c, n*.g.g.e.r and ANY other word I want whenever I please with NO repercussions whatsoever. Give me a break. Making fun of people with disabilities is the last frontier of accepted behaviors.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Daryl

    It is fast becoming popular to try and hang someone based on a passing comment and frankly, I've always found those who stir the pot to be without a spine whatsoever. They're cowardice and shifless people who bang the drum and yet offer society absolutely nothing in return. I'd just as soon like to see them all loaded on a boat and sunk deep in the gulf.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Sarah Theoret

    I have a sister that is mentally retarded, and I am very aware of the misuse of this word. To me it is pretty clear that Jennifer Aniston meant no harm. We are all guilty of this slip-up!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  360. gglady

    Media stigmatizing a celebrity for their own purposes is so transparent. They must think we're complete retards to fall for it again.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  361. usafbiker

    Oh...friggin' waaahhhhhhhhhh!! Someone's feelings are hurt. One commercial comes to mind.....you Jack Wagons!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  362. DJ in TX

    I wonder is Ms. Palin going to defend Jennifer now. People are saying they are not going to see her movie over her "free speech" rights. Isn't this the same as Dr. Laura??

    She called herself, the word, not anyone else. Society has gone absolutely crazy. People can't even talk about themselves.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Laura

    Come on!! Everybody uses the word retard and retarded to refer to people being silly or acting unintelligently. I'm so sick of this politically correct stuff. So what, there are people in this world who technically/clinically are retarded. It isn't necessarily being mean to them to refer to yourself in this way. Calling someone else a name to hurt them or belittle them is VERY different than calling yourself something. Hell, idiot is an actual term used to describe a mental condition like retardation at one time. Shoud we all just never say anything that could construed as derogatory to anybody ever? Lighten up retards!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  364. jonny

    retard??What was she thinking!!Mentally challenged is just so much better!!right??? uh no,it isnt- what in the hell should we call these people in americas obsessed bs political correctness then????

    August 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Ryan

    what is so retarded about this, is that most of these people saying they hate Aniston or that they never liked her and never will... are probably so called Christians. Who are supposed to FORGIVE those who "trespass against them"

    Get over it, the word means something. Its not at all comparable to the N-word. The people who are offended are people who have retarded, I'm sorry, handicapped, oh wait that offends too, um... slow, crippled, challenged, disabled.... children and take offense for their child. As though any utterance of the word is directed at their kid. Are we going to have to stop using fat or obese, because people with overweight children take offense to the word fat.
    What about all the other words that could be used.. stupid, idiot, moron, etc. Can't use those descriptive words because it offends idiots, or the parents of stupid people.
    Most people use the word about non-retarded people, no adult should point to anyone with a physical or mental impairment and make fun of them. Children can be cruel, they make fun of their peers, and use ugly words. Even those of you who think their children are perfect angels, they can still be teasing kids at school. Teach your children not to make fun of people, whatever their disability or abnormalities. Perhaps they never will, but odds are, someday someone they disagree with will make an argument they dislike, and they'll say " You're retarded" or "You're an idiot" because its simpler than to refute or argue about what was said.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Adam

    Our media and organizations are SO quick to jump on people when they slip up. This is NOTHING. Give her a PASS!

    I mean, COME ON! Havent you ever said anything that was accidentally hurtful? Didnt you want to be forgiven?

    We're talking about THIS when there's real news to talk about!

    We're ALL RETARDS!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Saeed

    Let me get this straight: Jennifer Aniston gets criticized for using the R-word, and Dr. Laura gets criticized for using the N-word. Both critiques are fully justified, but why is there no outrage when political elites, talk show hosts and others routinely say much worse every day about Muslims? It seems like attacking Muslims is the only way to get a free pass these days. Disgusting!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  368. bernie

    Yesterday I wanted to use the "M" word but found out nobody was offended so I thought about the "A" word and so on and so forth until i ran out of letters so I Have to be quite for the rest of my life. GET A LIFE PEOPLE

    August 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Saskia den Dulk

    I cannot believe this story, The Special Olympics people issued a statement. Are you kidding me....what's next....this is unbelievable. I suspect these people that throw a hissy fit everytime somebody uses a word they don't like will try to establish the Homeland security council of "Terrorist Language". Communism anybody??? Just kidding of course....Alledgely of course.....

    August 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  370. CNNTarded

    CNN is 'tarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  371. TheShrike

    Sniff, whaaaa, she called me a poo poo head. Whaa....... We're letting a minority effect the majority. It's so retarded!. Retard... reeeetaaaarrrrrdddd...... Just words. Deal with it.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Grizz

    i was born WAY too late in this world. i can't stand all this political correctness and i can't stand how thin-skinned our average citizen became. look, nobody was trying to be malicious in any way here. jenn wasn't pointing and laughing at some special Ed kids or anything like that. i for one think this whole situation is retarded.
    countless americans died for our freedom of speech – the same freedom that lets all you oversensitive crybabies whine about your damaged feelings in these posts.
    another point – the 'N' word and the 'R' word should not be classified in the same category. i've helped coordinate and run winter special olympics in erie, PA. i've seen and heard what ignorant people do and say to some of these kids. (and had appropriate action taken against those hurtful people) i've seen reactions to the 'R' word by special needs kids and reactions to the 'N' word by african americans. the 'R' word motivates those kids to be better and strive to overcome their adversity. in one instance, a skier had 2 runs. after his first run some punks were laughing at him because of his special needs. on his second run he shaved almost 4 seconds off his time and wound up winning the gold that day.
    the 'N' word is a crutch – nothing more. i wont go into details because i dont want any racial equality activists sh!tting a brick.
    bottom line – grow up america

    August 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Hetard

    LOL is this where we are as a society now? Or is it just the pointless media? We have actually been lowered to the point of calling it "The R-Word" ??!??! WHAT??! I don't have a problem with saying "retard" in casual light-hearted conversation. It's funny. As long as you don't descriminate against an individual or make fun of any particular individual for being mentally challenged - GET OVER IT!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  374. PVS1

    why the hell are my comments not posting???????

    August 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  375. Silly

    I find the word "and" offensive.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  376. StL Melz

    It never ceases to amaze me what the press blows out of proportion. Paleeeeease!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  377. CMP

    As a special educator, I can tell you that many people are offended and deeply hurt by the "r" word. Until you see a young child cry because they have been repeatedly called a "retard", you cannot say people are too oversensitive. People with disabilities have been persecuted throughout history. Mandatory sterilization was performed on people with disabilties late into the 20th Century. The "R" word is a serious issue, because it demeans an entire population of people that are human beings, not a word.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      Kids cry about a lot of things, but we dont make that into policy.

      Mentally challenged people (aka retards) have a tough burden. But so do a lot of people. Should we outlaw the words "bald" or "ugly" or "pimple" too?

      Life is hard. Stop making it harder.

      August 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Jay Kay

    Actually I'm more upset over her use of the H-word followed almost immediately by her use of the the L-word. The she has the gall to use the M-word with several instances of the O-word sprinkled throughout. W#en Wi!! thi$ &nd?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  379. mike o

    Get a life will ya! You wouldn't say sh_t if you had a mouth full! You eff'n liberals survive on self pity and couldn't make it on your own unless you could blame someone else or sue them. Pathetic!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Bill

    Give me a break. So what she used the word retard.... She was referring to her actions and nothing more.. I know you have the right to point fingers at others since your perfect. But not everyone else, Jennifer no apology needed.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  381. drow

    retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  382. street smart

    the word retard is ldefined in the dictionary as being slow.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  383. debt

    Yes, we will have to burn her for that mistake. What a bunch of hypocrites you all are. Like you have never said
    anything that you regretted. Too bad these movie stars aren't perfect.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  384. gypsarella

    Hmmmm. Semantics are very strange in this country. Blacks can call each other N______, but anyone else doing it is asking for trouble, even if the tone was the same. Same with Jewish people, and count me in on this one. We can refer to ourselves as Jews in a friendly manner, but if a non-Jew calls us a Jew (even though we are!) it takes on a menacing, provocative tone. I think it's more about the history of persecution of the group in question. It's still them vs us.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  385. WaitWhat

    Good thing she didn't say stupid because my dumb friends and I would of been offended.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  386. TONGLA

    This is soooooooooooooooooo retarded!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Tucky

    This is ridiculous... anyone offended – get over it! There was absolutely no malice intent when she said that... This entire discussion is retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  388. Cassandra

    People....get a grip! She didn't mean anything by it. It's not like she was shouting at someone with Down's Syndrome, "Hey retard!" She just didn't think before she spoke which happens to us all. Get over it! There are more things in this world to be worried about than some stupid celebrity not watching what they say. How is this news anyway?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Phillip

    Who's the reatrd?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Captain Retardo

    The mere fact that this is being discussed is retarded. Why are we worried about offending people that drool on themselves and can't function in normal society? They're retards. The Kennedy's had it right. A member of your family is some kind of a gimp, you send it away to live in seclusion. Do they even know what the word "retard" actually means? Can they comprehend that?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  391. JoJo

    Come on! She made a poor choice in words. She did not kill someone or break up a marriage. We still have freedom of speech in this country (until the republicans are back in power). If you have never erred in judgement, you should get a talk show and help the rest of us.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  392. davetharave

    Simply another example of the Pussification Of America (POA)

    August 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Mike

    this whole thing is retarded... why is there not the same outrage when a rap artist uses the N-word?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Eric

    I firmly believe that if you use the word you have the mentality of a 16 year old. The supporters here all seem to believe it's okay to use the word. This is an entertainment site, so I suppose the commentary makes sense.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Gary

    I'm overweight but am offended when people call me "Fat". I prefer the term "Gravatationally Challanged".

    August 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  396. MB333

    It's a good thing she didn't reference blondes....there are alot more of them that could be offended.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  397. Jon

    I have deep faith that Sarah Palin will come to Jennifer's defense as quickly as she came to Rush's.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Fred

    What a bunch of retarded Re-Re's

    August 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  399. MS

    Who cares? people say retarded all of the time! It's not like there is 400 years of racism attached to the word

    August 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Reg

    People have the same right to object to the use of a word as other people have to using it. "Freedom of speech" cuts both ways, and the First Amendment never meant being able to say whatever, whenever, to whomever, without fear of consequence. People who speak in public these days need a thicker skin because of how widely and quickly their words can spread to someone may have reason to take offense. That's just life in the Internet Age.

    But I do sympathize with Jennifer. That's a slip I might have made if I was famous enough for people to hang on my every word.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  401. RG

    And who made "retard" a bad word anyway? Special interest groups. I know several retarded adults and kids. They are my friends and ARE NOT insulted when I call them retarded. Most of the ones I know and love think the the only reason they are possibly offended by it is because these groups have made it that way. Which is retarded. Literally.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  402. justin

    Oh for the love of god... get over yourselves ... stop with the pity poor me i've been so horribly oppressed and victimized bs.... wake the eff up america this political correctness bs has gone way too far. now days everyone is offended by anything anyone says about anything. some one said a word. they didn't take a 2 x 4 and beat you with it till you were a quivering heap of flesh. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN VICTIMIZED ... GROW UP, AND MOVE ON!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Retard

    This is so F'n retarded! Why is this news??? Bunch of F'n retards at CNN!!! If it's not some story about white people are all racist, is stupid crap like this. What happened to CNN???

    August 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Mom

    I have a child with special needs. People make mistakes, and I think we all need to lighten up a bit. Somehow, people managed to look the other way or forgive Obama for HIS comment. The discussion is fine but keep in mind we are all humans, complete with frailties, and imperfections. We all make mistakes.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Joe Blow from Idaho

    I think this P.C. stuff is starting to get a little out of hand......

    August 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  406. gypsarella

    The definition is "to make slower or later." Society has assigned that word to the mentally disabled. So, horror of horrors, she defined what she sometimes felt. Give her a break. I shudder to think what would happen if someone was filming or taping our every word. In the Hollyweird World, she is an honest, classy, dignified lady. Go report on the others who live for this attention.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Laura Mc

    The country is falling apart, millions of people are without jobs, Pakistan is under water and this is a top story on CNN? I have heard filling space for a 24/7 news channel but this is absurd. Obviously, I don't know Ms Aniston personally but I am sure she did not think to offend anyone on purpose. It happened, move on. Yeesh

    August 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Christina

    There will never be anyone satisfied with anything. People will either A) be seriously offended over the comment, even though she MEANT NOTHING BY IT; or B) others (such as myself) think it's utterly ridiculous to blow this out of proportion. I can understand how people who deal with, love, or have anyone mentally challenged in their life will be offended because it's personal, but you need to step back and realize that this was not directed at anyone..she was making a statement and the last I checked she didn't mention any names. I believe people need to find better things to do. She's a good person, move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Nic

    you know it is not a big issue when many people, me included, will look at the story just to find out what the 'r word' is... I think this is a case of everyone needing to get over it. She was attempting to be self disparraging and did not succeed... move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Zach

    Honestly, just turn on TV most anytime and it is offensive. We really need to not worry what some celebraty who has no clue of reality says. It`s just a word and I`m sure all of us have used it sometime or another.Get over it.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Booya

    Have you ever seen an actual MR person call another person a retard? That is funny.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  412. catfish252

    I think we should give Jennifer a pass because she was referring to herself and not an individual., and besides that she is such a cute retard!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  413. badnewsbears

    Really folks really? How retarded is the special Olympics for getting retardedly stupid over a damn word that the retard Aniston said about herself. I mean why are we all acting retarded. People have been saying retard since the short yellow bus was created ok so get over it retards!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Ian

    When did we all become so politically correct and hyper-sensitive ? This isn't news and yet it's popping up on my news sites. Pure lunacy. Besides, the term retarded is a an accurate term. Developmental retardation defines the condition. C'mon, this whole thing is as silly as labeling homeless people as "residentially challenged" or the garbage man as a " sanitation engineer". I guess I should call the local catholic priests " repentent juvenile fondlers " instead of pedopliliacs. Hay Carumba.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  415. John

    Maybe they should ban the word from the English language and fine anyone who uses it.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Felice

    The worst thing one can do is to let these celebrities talk! They are not brains, they are play actors – keep them in their place. Nothing they say is important, or to be taken seriously. News people – stop interviewing them, as they always put their foot in their mouths.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Steve

    What if she said mongoloid instead? Would that be the "m" word then?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Holly

    There are some ignorant ppl posting on here.

    My child has Down Syndrome. Every time that word is used like it has no power it makes my child an easier target.

    Words have power... rather I am the one giving them power or not. If any of you had a child or loved one that had to deal with an insensitive society you would be more considerate.

    I don't hate on you for your ignorance. I just wish you wouldn't flaunt it so much.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  419. Keng

    Let's ask Dr. Laura if it was inappropriate

    August 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Jessie

    This story is just "retarded". Aren't there more important news stories?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  421. RUSH

    Who are you calling Uncle Tom?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Calm Dog

    Thank G-word that there's only room for 26 {letter}-words. Our skins have gotten so thin, I'm about to go F-word crazy with this stuff.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Give her a break

    Jennifer Aniston needs a topic that is outlandish to generate publicity for the move she has out. Period.
    Look at the size of this comment section and all of you are helping her get FREE publicity!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  424. The Guru

    I got your "R" word right here - RIDICULOUS. Get over your politically-correct (so you believe) selves.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Lisa

    I can't believe all the comments about this being a PC issue. Taking offense to this particular word is not new. People stopped using this word years ago because it is offensive. I brought my kids up to never use it. And honestly I don't know any educated person with class that continues to use this word in this day and age. The only people who use it are Ralphie May and low class or uneducated people.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Eric Harmon

    Just curious, what if she slipped with the "N-word" in an off the cuff manner????? Would we be so forgiving then? What is your opinion?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Carl

    Jen just can`t keep her big mouth shut can she? First the O`Riley mistake now this. Can`t she just shake her ass and wiggle her boobs like always and shut up

    August 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  428. William

    I bet if Angelina Jolie had said that you people who think it was an innocent slip of the tongue would voice an entirely different opinion. As long as it's someone you like, it's ok no matter what they say or do. If the President had said it, you all would storm the White House like the villagers in a Frankenstein movie. Hypocrisy has free run in this country now.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  429. omg

    omg, talk about lawyers at the bottom of the sea!!!! lol

    August 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  430. elle

    Let's get Sarah Palin in on this argument.

    Sarah – what was you were saying about First Amendment rights and the use of the N-word by Dr. Laura... shouldn't the Special Olympics people back off since Anniston was exercising her First Amendment rights?

    Can't have it both ways.....

    August 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  431. Barbara

    So what is the difference between Jennifer's "R" word compared to Dr. Laura's "N" word? Well hopefully now individuals can see the difference and how it was interpreted! Just some food for thought!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  432. rypay

    the r-word? you kidding me?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  433. Jen Aniston Fan Club

    Gawd, she is hot

    August 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Emcee Lexicon

    RIDICULOUS!!!!.... i can't believe this story has yielded 1200 comments... our society has too much free time on our hands if we're all getting butt-hurt over JA saying "retard"...

    Get a life!!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  435. Dave

    The Special Olympics calls it an intellectual disability....It's not a disability...it's a defect...If you are born with it, it's a defect, if you were ABLE, then at some point became UNABLE, due to an injury or disease or something outside your control, THEN it's a disability...

    I hate all the PC flack this story has gotten. Everyone has different levels of mental acuity...so if I say something is dumb, does that mean I disrespect all people who are not as smart as I am? Also, demeaning a person is OK, but demeaning a general class of people (no one specific person) is bad? Give me a break...Keep it moving people....Move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  436. LilGTOgirl

    She offended me by saying it. No wonder she could not keep a man. I did not know she was so inferior on an intellectual level. I knew she was a loser who can't stop tanning but I did not realize how much the tans were effecting her. No wonder she could not keep Brad Pitt. I dont pity her old looking ass anymore.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  437. Mark

    This is the most retarded story I've heard all week.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  438. minasaywhat

    I would never want to offend mentally disabled people, or anyone with developmental problems. However, I don't understand how the word 'retarded' is now regarded exclusively as slang for the mentally disabled. The definition of the word is: "v. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede; n. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine." Why can't people use the word for what it actually means without offending mentally disabled people?

    August 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  439. DrMabuse

    What utter nonsense and a waste of time. The Word Police are having a field day lately. We're turning into such wusses. (Gee, I hope "wusses" offends somebody!)

    August 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  440. kcheney

    I really can't believe all the fuss with our PC correct society! We have so many problems in this country and OUR World and we are so pre-occupied with every thing that spouts forth from everyone's mouth. Our 1st Amendment rights give us the Freedom of Speech! Does it mean that everything that's spoken is always appropriate of course not but it does mean it's a RIGHT! If, someone chooses to use vulgar, careless or offensive words, speech or expressions it is their right to do so. Is it the RIGHT thing to do? most of the time it's NOT but it's still a Right! Unfortunately we can't police the whole world and make sure everyone behaves the way our society dictates that's Really Communism...however the way things are going presently in our country, where everyone is divided and has a need to express disdain for their fellow American's we might not be that far from a controlled society where Govt. rules everything only time will tell if that's the Plan.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  441. kitty

    LOL @ WOW's comment! I didn't know what the "R" word was either. Guessing I must be RETARDED RETARDED RETARDED as well!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  442. TLC

    Why oh why is everyone in a huff over this?? No one associated with "mentally challenged" people really use the word retarded anyway. So why can't we use it to describe something silly or stupid? It's not referring to Speical Olympiads or people with traumatic brain injuries. It's not like people are hanging outside of a Down's Syndrome workshop and hurling insults. Get over it people.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  443. TLC

    Why oh why is everyone in a huff over this?? No one associated with "mentally challenged" people really use the word retarded anyway. So why can't we use it to describe something silly or stupid? It's not referring to Speical Olympiads or people with traumatic brain injuries. It's not like people are hanging outside of a Down's Syndrome workshop and hurling insults. Get over it people.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  444. Petey

    It's totally gay to use perjorative language like "retard."

    August 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Tony

    We've all used that word at one time or another. We shouldn't use it and this is a lesson that we need to be more mindful of what we say. Let's learn from this without beating up Jennifer Anniston.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Wally

    Seriously people???? for those who are offended by this do us a favor and get a life. A major slip-up and an honest mistake. This women has been an active member of many charities and for people to pick on her over something so silly...just damn stupid.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  447. aatami

    Get over it people! Don't you have anything better to do? What a bunch of retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Dick Noodleman

    Oh shut up! I'm so tired of political correctness.
    All of your who hang your hats on political correctness, are retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  449. Lorraine

    Get a grip people. Try being "on" 24/7 and having every word you utter scrutinized by the entire world. She mostly stays out of the limelight and now we know why. This was a slip of the tongue. I have a grandson with developmental delays and I am certainly not insulted by what she said.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  450. c

    This is so retarded!! People make such a big deal of this kind of stuff. And by making a big deal out of a word like retard they themselves are categorizing.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Gail

    I am so sick and tired of people being offended by words! What ever happened to freedom of speeech? There are way more things to be offended by. Look at the hundreds of thousands of men and women who fight the wars. Look at the shipload of almost 500 of Tamils arriving at Vancouver expecting the Canadian people and government to suck it up and give them refugee status. what about the animals and children being abused and discarded every single day somewhere in the world ?? And then people have the nerve to b-h because of words? I personally, have made it a practice to completely stop supporting by contributions and/or volunteering to any organizations that are "offended" by words.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  452. d

    ok, i'm africam american so I can understand (even if I do not agree with) certain people getting offended by certain terminology – for their own individual reasons. However, the "R" word is in no way comparable to the "N" word. Mentally challenged people have not been enslaved, tortured, exploited in mass as have black people. I'm not saying they have never been discriminated against, but the word "retarded" was not used in anywhere near the same context as the "N" word.
    People are way too sensitive about everything these days, then when they are accused of being overly sensitive they try to compare it to the "N" word.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  453. nj

    I was really bummed out when Jennifer Aniston used the R word. I'm a teacher and i always correct my students when i hear that word used. I would suggest that she does apologize, because that would just show how great of a person she is and teach others that the R word is not a very good choice at any point. Unfortunately people still use that word and it needs to stop. Maybe this was a good thing, because people of all ages love Jennifer Aniston and would maybe realize through her mistake that it is very offensive to special ed. people and their family and friends. I never want to offend anyone, but as a person with family and friends who are special ed, I've always used the words special ed or challenged. I know in my heart that Jennifer Aniston did not have any bad intention and in fact did just choose a very offensive word. I'd love to see her apologize and give a quick lesson to those who do use this word. Mistakes happen, but that word is a very offensive word- so it would mean a lot for her to correct herself.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  454. KW

    People need to grow a thicker skin. Get over it; it's just a word. Society is full of a bunch of weenie babies these days. Who cares what names people call you as long as they don't phsically hurt you? And she was referring to herself anyway. So not a big deal!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  455. joe diorio

    Get over it... big deal
    Jennifer can say or do anything she wants. luv her.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  456. Literate

    This is ridiculous and Americans have lost their mind. The word "retard" is also in french, meaning delay or lag. I am sure that the French have no problem using that word since it actually means something other than an insult to a particular group of people (compared to the N word). I believe English is the same. Hello? priorities people!.... starving babies in Pakistan and HIV babies in South Africa...anyone out there?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  457. ChimChim

    People need to understand that she was talking about (R)tards....not retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  458. Smoovie-Ville

    Wheres my drool cup dam*it

    August 20, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  459. Duce

    Who cares... I can't believe that we are really THIS worried about being PC... I respect people with disablilties but the stuff that we complain about in this nation is getting to "retarded"!!! Go worry about something that matters...

    August 20, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  460. CATom

    Don't you dare criticize a hollywood actress. DOn't you know they are more in tune with everything than you or I are???

    August 20, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  461. Scott B

    I think you have to be a complete "retard" to be so sensative about the use of the word retard. Idiots!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  462. Wow

    I only clicked on this because I had no Idea what the "R" word was. I feel like a real retard now!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  463. Dave

    Ask yourselves this question- do we really think Jennifer Anniston hates the mentally-challenged and was actively trying to denigrate them? Comparing this to racial or ethnic slurs is just stupid.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  464. Jack

    OMG! Come on people, she did't mean to offend any type of handicaped person. This is getting so ridiculous. Jennifer, don't you even think about apologizing. The whole is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  465. Pat

    FOR ONCE...the majority here have got it right. Must have been a reaaaallly slllooooow news day to pull this out. No harm, no foul, Jen.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  466. BALLZ

    I was more offended that she didnt show off that sweet body more.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  467. Anthony

    Geeez!! I saw the headline and actually clicked on the link to see what the hell the "R-word" was.
    PC-ism is so outta control.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  468. Karen Colizzi Noonan

    Oh for crying out loud – get over it people. REALLY!! It's a word. Just a word. Since retards aren't called retards anymore, it's just a term. Move on to something really important to expend your outrage on.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  469. Brian

    Yawn....

    August 20, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  470. Ken

    It's "ritard"

    August 20, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  471. Sequin

    So much a WOT. I guess the fire department will have to start calling flame retardant ..."that stuff that makes it hard to start a fire" Lighten up people....

    August 20, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  472. Brandon

    Ever wonder what is wrong with our society? it is to much sensitivity and the fact that everyone thinks they need to be a victim. Grow up people, remember the old saying sticks and stones? So people, unless you are singled out and spoken to, don't assume that when someone or a celebrity says something they are picking on you. Try and remember, nobody can make you feel happy or sad or upset, you have to allow yourself to feel that way.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  473. Jason

    Pity she didn't use the N-word.

    Sarah Palin would have befriended her as a BFF.

    Oh, and while we're at it, Sarah Palin IS a retard.

    Downs syndrome children are NOT retards, nor are those born with neurological and developmental handicaps. Stupid, ignorant, bigoted people ARE retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  474. vor

    Even Bugs Bunny made a funny......What a maroon.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  475. Poka

    this is all very retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  476. Bill

    Its today's society that empowers these words to mean more, not the person using them. I have used 'retard' many times but it has never been in relation to the mentally handicapped. A friend does something stupid and you call them that, its pretty much like saying 'idiot' as a way of joking with a friend or if I do something myself, I may joke as that as well.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  477. Scott

    Who says that when she or anyone else uses the word RETARD in the way she did, that it was referring to mentally challanged people? I say "stop acting like a "tard" to my daughter and she knows I mean "a mindless idiot" and not "a mentally challanged person". Can we still say MORON?? Or will we offend people with an IQ under a certain number? This is RIDICULOUS!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  478. Amanda

    What about the use of the word retard when it comes to music? Are they going to start going after long dead composers becuase they used that word to mean a slow down of the music? You cant pick and choose when this word is acceptable to use, and when it is not. This is another example of a harmless, and commonly used word that was hijacked by some numbnuts and turned it into what is not considered derogatory. Another example of this would be the word "gay".

    August 20, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  479. jimmijames

    If your in special ed is ok when your late for the teacher to say you were tardy? People are too uptight.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  480. whatthefuk

    soon we'll have to limit our language to 687 politically correct, unoffensive socially approved words...

    August 20, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  481. Kurt

    Even if it was intentional . . . are you serious? This is really a problem? How much longer before the word "the" is offensive, too? Who's next? Mimes?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  482. Jeff

    I think the Special Olympics statement is very VERY appropriate. Look at what they actually said. They understand the context it was said in, articulately explained why it's still offensive, and suggested that everyone stop using that word and instead try to promote inclusion and acceptance. Great! This is exactly how civilized discourse should go if we want to move towards a more harmonious diverse society. They're not looking to crucify anyone, just work towards a better end. Instead of promoting that end, the media outlets come in and try to stir up controversy. Just look at the headline to the article. Backlash brewing? Shame on you CNN.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  483. jryan

    What a tard.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  484. K

    Oh give me a break. This is what makes the news? Take a look around, there are more important things going on in the world than this. People need to stop fueling this kind of useless information. In the grand sheme of things, who really cares what she said.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  485. Stero1D

    Theres nothing wrong with what she said! She is human too, she can use language she wants, she didnt swear or showed the finger.. Everybody Using that word, n because she is a celeb dsnt mean she not supposed too!! too much attention to who and how n when said!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  486. KR

    "retard" was a word in the dictionary long before it came to have negative connotations. Does that mean that we are never allowed to use the word? It simply means to "render more slow in progress." Not all people mean it as Retard, sometimes it's just an adjective. People are making a big deal of NOTHING.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  487. Liam

    Name one single person who hasn't used a similar phrase in their life. The Special Olympics people need to pull the cord, stop the politically correct express and hop off. What does terminology mean? The same thing as 'politically correct' terms. Look, I'm 47 and when I was in grade and middle school the term was "retarded". Simple as that and everyone knew what you meant. Now they all need specific labels and precise terminology like "autism or "Asperger's syndrome" or some other such nonsense.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  488. John

    Does anyone else realize how stupid, err... retarded... we are starting to sound. First it was N-Word, now R-Word, soon we'll have to ask for F-Word Free Dressing... I can't imagine the confusion that's going to bring! Soon enough, we'll have a language complete free of any sort of negative describing words, all of which will be replaced by -Word proceeded by the appropriate letter.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  489. Frank

    retardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretardretard

    August 20, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  490. V

    Seriously people????

    August 20, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  491. S Billings

    THIS WHOLE CONVERSATION IS RETARDED & YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF RETARDS!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  492. Fernando

    Maybe she meant Republican.
    This is a non-issue.
    She didn't meant to insult anybody except herself.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  493. Jose de Leon

    I thought the "R" word was "Republican" I was FLABBERGASTED LOL

    August 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  494. Rhonda

    As the Parent of a Special Needs Child. who is by definition Retarded I can tell you that using this word out of context is Hurtful. We deal with words like Dummy, Stupid, Tard, Retard... everyday...
    I don't really think Ms. Aniston was meaning anything derogatory about someone else, she was talking about herself.. Unfortunately that was just a really poor choice of words. What I would say to her and others that use that word, Please us another word.. think before you speak.. There are those that are terribly hurt by it..

    August 20, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  495. John

    I use the word daily. I work with people who are just plain ol stupid. I have never met so many uptight people. That word was used in the 50's and 60's to describe mentally underdeveloped people. Now We use it to describe simple brain farts when we forget to close the garage door when we leave the house.

    This country better wake up and stop worrying about the little things and see the bigger picture.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  496. Chad Engle

    YOu know who gets offended by the word retard? RETARDS!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      actually, the only people i know who get offended by it are people who know retards. typically, all of the retards i've known over the years could care less.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  497. Pencils

    OK, for all of you who don't seem to understand what the First Amendment means: she's not being censored for saying "retard." You're not either, for anything you say. Only the government can censor you. You can say anything you want, the problem is that the rest of society can then rip you a new one for being offensive. That's not censorship, that's society. I don't care if it was a "slip of the tongue," she's a freakin' actress, she should be able to control what she says–except she's not a very good actress. And, no, for all of you who think it has multiple meanings, there's only one that matters, and it's offensive to people with mental disabilities. Why has our society become so rude and crass that we no longer seem to care if we offend people left and right? That's the issue here, not whether you can use the word "retard" in conversation.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  498. Farley

    WHO CARES! This is ridiculous. . .

    August 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  499. Sense and Reason

    I use the "R-word" a lot, but not in reference to people with "mental disabilities." I use it to talk about people or things that are stupid, senseless, or unreasonable. Individuals with so-called "mental disabilities" or "handicaps" or that are "special" (i.e. "Special" Olympics) AREN'T stupid, senseless, or unreasonable. Nor are they "special," they're pretty much just regular people like you and me; none of us are special. Except they probably don't waste their time reading retarded articles like this.

    Also, take a hint Special Olympics and others: the terms "special," "handicapped," "mentally disabled," and others, are more insulting than "retard." At least retard means "to slow," i.e. their neural development may have been slowed during embryogenesis. "Mentally disabled" is just directly saying "your brain doesn't work right." How is that not insulting?

    So, "Special" Olympics -

    August 20, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  500. The Truth

    Everything has been politically correct because of retarded liberals. They are offended by certain words unless it benefits them.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  501. meme

    Oh for God's sake... oh wait, I said God! Hope I didn't offend someone!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  502. SDK

    OMG!! I thought the Black Eyed Pea song said 'Let's get it started in here'...what a retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  503. Jen

    I am a "retard" and I am offended. I don't think people understand the pain and trauma one with disabilities experiences every day of their life, especially growing up with mean children in the school system. A little sensitivity goes a long way. When educated Hollywood stars use this language it makes it "ok" for the rest of society to do so as well. If you are going to make billions while creating American pop culture you are responsible for what you say. Jennifer Aniston if you are uneducated you can afford to attend a University, go back to school and learn to be gracious and kind and not a "mean girl".

    August 20, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  504. Drew

    First Obama, now Aniston... Can't anybody just speak and not have to double-think every. single. word. that comes out? It's getting annoying that the media is playing all this up when no one I know cares.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  505. willa

    Maybe in the near future,that's how we gonna interact in America, you can't say the word anymore, so you have to talk like, F word,N word,R word,B word and all the other words that you can come up with,but only use the first letter.
    but seriously, does it make a big difference if you say,for example, to your friend, "You're an R-word!", or curse the person like "F-word You!" because it means the same!!!
    oh yeah, and this is in US right?the LAND OF THE FREE? and THE HOME OF THE BRAVE,that is if you brave enough to say what you want to say and not too coward because you think you might "offend" someone.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  506. Blahahaha

    This is stupid. It is also retarded. It isn't a slip of the tongue. It doesn't show her "white-trashness" as some people are saying. This is what it is: a socially acceptable description commonly used by all races, creeds and economic classes in modern American society. Is it nice? Not especially. Is it meant to devalue a person in the way the "n-word" does (as several on this board have hinted)? Not at all. At one point in time, idiot had a much stronger connotation (and was an actual defined term if i' correct). We got over it. I don't think she should alter herself one bit. THAT is retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  507. Spizzel

    RETARD RETARD RETARD! OMGZ CALL TEH POLICE!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Special Olymics volunteer

      Better yet, call the school principal and let him know the children are using the computers again.
      Grow up, learn some compassion or you will find yourself all alone at the end.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  508. linda

    We fire people for using the "N" word and the "R" word is certainly just as bad, if not worse. People with low cognitive skills deserve our respect and compassion. It is ignorant and unexcusable for anyone to use this word. Jennifer needs to spend some time volunteering in special education to understand the the tremedous challenges "R" people face in every aspect of life.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  509. Tom

    This crap has gotten so old. Childish, "R word"... "R word" this and "N word" that, first of all, this is America, and we can say any thing we want, I'll be damned if I am going to let someone else tell me otherwise. Second, everyone needs to just mind their own business and quit minding everyone elses. If people would just mind their own business, the world would be in a much better place.

    Oh, and RETARD, RETARD RETARD!!! As in this whole "R word" crap is RETARDED!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  510. LOLA

    GET OVER IT! This country has gone SO overboard with political correctness! What is the politically correct term now? We can't use "disability" anymore right? It has to be the word "challenged" or something to that effect otherwise someone will be offended. If this is all people have to worry about in their daily lives then they are damned lucky! There are REAL problems that need to be dealt with in this country, and in the world, MUCH more important than what word someone uses. Jesus people get a life!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  511. NachoKingP

    It seems like the overwhelming majority of people are getting tired of the way society is so PC. This is the first time I've heard of the word "retard" referred to as the "r-word". I've got to say, I used to work at a summer camp for the ARC, which is an organization that works with _______ people (not sure what the correct PC term is right now), and even I think the term isn't offensive given the context. By the way, ARC stands for the Association of Retarded Citizens. What does that tell you about the word? Clearly at one point it was not offensive, even to those people. Jennifer Aniston did not mean it in a derogatory way, slandering those people, she was referring to herself. Stop being so hyper sensitive and spend your time helping people who really need it.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  512. Ulma0202

    Ehen using the word mentally retarded to describe a medical condition, this is acceptable as this diagnosis is what patients need to receive social services. When someone is using the word retard as slang or a derogatory term, it is offensive. Anniston appears to be using the term as a self-depricating term; however her use of the word is in a negative sense. Mental retardation is a medical condition, not something to make fun of. Anniston needs to apologize for her use of the word.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  513. whosiwhatzit

    I really don't think she meant to offend anyone with her self-deprecating remark. Our society has become hyper-sensitive. Political correctness ought not be used to bludgeon people who slip up and say something that was not meant to offend. Get over it people. It's nothing.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  514. RRic

    Its not about what you say..its about what you are saying making you sound like your not too bright. I always think of a dumb kid when I hear that word being used.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  515. Bobby The Brain

    All of you left-wing hollywood lovers...would not be quick to defend some conservative personallity...if she or he made the same comment. Look at how you recently reacted to Dr. Laura and her usage of an offensive word. The left is so full of hypocrisy!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  516. AJR in NJ

    Most of the comments here seem to be saying that it's just a slip-up- obviously it's the media who like to stir the pot and make things into big deals instead of letting things go and letting people move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  517. Suzanne Dupree

    "I feel like a Red-headed step child" I had to say it to see if the red-heads come after me for slander!

    The world is becoming a very sad, sad, place when one cant even make fun of themselves. If I were Jennifer, I would just stop doing interviews. If you cant talk freely without worrying you are going to offend some group, why talk at all. I'm sure it was not her intention to raise such a bruhaha. But I'm an idiot – dont listen to me.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  518. Devious Intentions

    Does anyone wonder if retards have a derogatory term for normal people? But then again, what's a normal person really like?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  519. Harry Brewer

    The mindlessness continues. Think about it, the term retarded came into use because the previously used term was felt to be derogatory. At what point in time will we be told that the phrases " R word" and "N word" are too derogatory. After all, does anyone NOT know what word is meant by " R word"? Do you think it is okay to call a black person "N word" ?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  520. JC

    This brouhaha and the fact this is even newsworthy is retarded. What a waste of time, effort and atoms.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  521. Tyler

    This is ridiculous. Everyone says retard to mean everything but mentally challenged. No one even calls the mentally challenged that.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  522. Dave, Ottawa

    I used to use the term "Libtard", until I realized that it was offensive to the mentally challenged to be compared to liberals.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  523. SDK

    From the looks of these comments, I would have to say that very few people are offended by the word, retard, and the ones that are probably have a family member that is mentally slow in some shape or form, and somewhere along the way, someone told them that the retarded population took offense to that word...which I doubt they do, so it gave a few a soapbox on which to climb, so here we are...I use it, my husband uses it, my kids use it but not around the one family we know that has a mentally challenged daughter...just out of respect and/or COMMON SENSE, which nobody seems to have anymore!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  524. Pete

    Who really cares? Probably about 100 people out of 300 million in the U.S. Most of us are tired of all this political correctness B.S. It's completely retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  525. KCali

    Has anyone ever read the definition of retard? There is no picture of disabled people and there are many definitions for the word retard. So do we just remove it from the dictionary because it is offensive to some? And how did "bootylicious" get in the dictionary, that is a "retarded" word.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  526. MRDORE2U

    This is worth writing about?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  527. becs

    this article is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  528. Jeff

    This issue is retarded! The only reason this has even become an issue is because of retarded Sarah Palin. Get over it!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  529. Justin

    This article is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  530. Dr.D

    Just think with everyone being so careful about possibly, maybe, might, somehow insult someone, we can all be so completely, utterly politically correct in every tiny word we might, maybe, possibly even consider uttering- we can all stand around saying nothing.

    Good thing she did not utter the S word cause single people might be offended, and then its a good thing she did'nt call us guys "men" cause that could be offensive too.. I am male, I find "man" to be offensive you know.. its has a "cave man" image to it.. I want to be seen as more enlightened and so I prefer "male" to describe my gender.. but hey then again.. why refere to my gender at all .. that's offensive..

    ENOUGH- she was just speaking.. jesting, being funny= and having fun..

    Did I offend any of you RETARDS out there????

    August 20, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  531. Shelly

    Come on!!! This is no different than someone saying they're "Having a blonde moment!!" Get over it already!! How about we look up the definition in the dictionary and then our friends that are making an issue of this can be humbled.
    –verb (used with object)
    1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
    –verb (used without object)
    2. to be delayed.
    –noun
    3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  532. Leoeo

    I can't figure out how to post a comment. What a RETARD I am!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  533. Kit Kat

    As I said before when one of Obama's cabinet members used it...The word represents a literal meaning to many people especially of the EAST Coast. The word "retarded" means to 1. To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder; as, to retard the march of an army; to retard the motion of a ship; - opposed to accelerate. [1913 Webster]
    2. To put off; to postpone; as, to retard the attacks of old age; to retard a rupture between nations. [1913 Webster].

    I have said that some of those among us are "socially retarded". It is not an attack on a mentally impaired person but a reflection of an individual who is socially backwards or inept.

    GIVE HER A BREAK!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  534. Cruciblethorn

    Good grief....you can't say knee grrrr...you can't say retard....you can't say gay without offending some little sensitive nancy boy or idiotic reverse racist clothed in minority. You know what to hell with all you poof balls. I'll say what I want and if you don't like it move to a Communist country that oppresses free speech and maybe you'll find some happiness.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  535. Steven Durham

    Good Lord! How and why have we become so politically correct? You have to watch everything you say or the word Nazi's will come after you. American's need to stand up to this ultra liberal nonsense and protect our First Amendment Right to free speech. We've seen law enforcement citing people for using certain language in public. That is so un-American and must be stopped.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  536. Whitney

    Everyone needs to get off of her back! There are alot of ppl that call themselves retards and dont mean it to offend anyone. My aunt is in her mid 40s and has severe downsyndrome, and i STILL will use "the r-word" as theyre calling it. Its the people that take it in a bad way that make the word mean what it does....

    August 20, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  537. chuck

    anyone who gets in a tif when someone uses the term 'retard' has to be a retard themselves.
    NO_ONE had the right to not be offended. Get over it. And get a freaking life people.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  538. Sheryl

    I use that word all the time. I use it because it has another meaning other than the hurtful term directed at mentally challenged people. From the sounds of it, she was using it in the true sense of the meaning of the word. PC has gone waaayyy too far. Get over it!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  539. samabo

    Wow, sure seems like a lot of words white people cant use. a list needs to be made

    August 20, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  540. ugh

    Why do retards always say "first amendment, free speech, blah blah blah" when this stuff happens. The 1st amendment just says the government can't stop you from saying your retarded nonsense, not that people can't get mad about it.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Laurie S

      I'm not so sure the disabled people are the ones pushing this one. It's usually the parents or some other non-handicapped person running a group, consisting of other non-handicapped people, with a few handicapped people as their poster people. My cousin got Reye Syndrome before they knew what it was. He, himself, says he's retarded. To him it's something that just is, not something shameful that must be hidden behind big words.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  541. ryan

    I love the word retard – it just sounds great calling someone who does something stupid – a retard

    I did something dumb as a kid – my parents would tell me not to act like a retard
    You are not going to call a person who isn't of sound mind a retard – it is something you say to regular minded people when they do something dumb – to degrade them

    It is a word – just a word – so the press and sarah palin can stop being overly sensitive wimps – and get on with it

    August 20, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  542. ummm

    I am not entirely sure what this has to do with Sarah Palin, or any other person in politics. Is it because she has a handicapped child? This has to do with someone's personal feelings, and Sarah Palin (or anyone else for that matter) does not have an influence on what people find offensive and hurtful. I personally do not find the word hurtful, but I don't see how you people can point blame at political figures. Why does everything always have to turn into politics, can't this just be what it is truly about–A nation that has become too sensitive and are worried about people using words like the "r-word" and the "N-word". We are a nation at war, and we are offended by words. SAD SAD SAD!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Palin was one of the individuals who took offense to Obamas use of the word when he said he "bowled like a retard" or something in the same guise

      Then she got angry at the 'family guy' episode – where it was a character actually voiced by a girl with down syndrome who didn't want people to feel sorry for her

      August 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  543. Dianed

    Retard: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress. Big deal. We all get like this every once in a while. Give her a break!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  544. Donna

    We grew up with that word meaning silly and goofy - why does everyone want to lam baste every word people say - there is a WAR going on mudslides, hurricanes etc...... MORE IMPORTANT things in the world– than an innocent slip of the tongue.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  545. CJ

    I have a child with cognitive disabilities. This is a slip of the tongue, no big deal. I understand the need for educating others on appropriate terms to use in being respectful, but to tear Jennifer down is actually more offensive. She is a delightful person, leave her alone.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  546. Joe

    Didn't she call herself the "R" word? Maybe she should be mad at herself

    August 20, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  547. shortybeebop

    RETARD, RETARDED! It's a word and shall always be used! Talkin bout this is freakin retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  548. Yvonne

    All this bad press for Aniston over the most RETARDED things. I smell a deliberate effort by ANGELINA JOLIE to marginalize Aniston!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  549. kim

    and this is news why?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  550. DM

    This just keeps getting more and more ridiculous. Every time I read the news, some "special interest group" is offended by something someone has said. Our society has gone way overboard with these "forbidden" words. I agree with some of the other posters in that people need to get a life and stop being offended by someone's off-handed use of a word. I found an interesting excerpt on another website regarding "political correctness". I hear the term so frequently these days, I thought I'd share it.

    Regarding political correctness: It was a term used by the communists at least in the early ’30s and possibly before that, but usually not in the presence of non-communists. It was used to describe what communists were required to believe.

    It was used in print in “The Communist Party, A Manual on Organization” by J. Peters. It was published in 1935 by the American Communist Party, but for distribution only to Party members. It was not available to the public. The government obtained copies and it was used as an exhibit in all of the cases against the Communist Party leaders. J. Peters was Whittaker Chambers’ boss in the communist underground — the espionage apparatus.

    Peters wrote on pages 26 and 27: “We do not question the theory of the necessity for the forceful overthrow of capitalism. We do not question the correctness of the revolutionary theory of the class struggle laid down by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin. We do not question the counter-revolutionary nature of Trotskyism. We do not question the political correctness of the decisions, resolutions, etc, of the Executive Committee of the C.I., of the Convention of the Party, or of the Central Committee after they are ratified.”

    C.I. stood for Communist International. The point here was that political correctness was always consistent with the orders that they received from Moscow. It is right that the term was used by the red diaper babies who served as the core of the “new left,” the feminist movement and other totalitarian groups. It was defectors from these movements that brought the term in to general use, although the government was aware of it as early as the 1940’s.

    The phrase “politically correct” was a common phrase among American Communist Party members in the ’50’s. My mom’s aunt was a party member and used to apply it to her niece’s lapses from the liberal creed. I think the phrase got into more widespread use among liberals in the mid 60’s when Communist front groups like Women’s Strike for Peace and the National Lawyers’ Guild and Fair Play for Cuba made their influence felt in the anti-war movement and the Democratic party. I heard the phrase a couple of times at Harvard in the early seventies from members of the Maoist Progressive Labor party whose parents had been members of the Communist Party and left because they refused to de-Stalinize. Then later it was apostates from the left who made conservatives familiar with the phrase.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  551. ratard bard

    What is better than winning a gold in the Special Olympics? Not being a retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  552. Tish

    I am so sick and tired over all these over sensitive people. Pretty soon we will have to stop at every word we speak and make sure we are not saying something to insult some group or person. Go watch Blazing Saddles and loosen up world!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  553. Jana

    I have three kids; two with mental and physical handicaps and one who is what the PC crowd call "typical". My "typical" child has stated on more than one occasion that we are all disabled in some way or another, therefore we are all retarded in some way or another. It's a word, it only becomes harmful if it is said in a hateful/harmful way. Jenn, you are fine by me.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  554. johnson

    I would like to F-word the R-word and N-word, because the C-would is messing up my P-word.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  555. James

    Retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded!!!!!!! I'm so sick of all of you American Idiots (thank you Green Day) who have to play the "not politically correct" card every time someone opens their mouth and says anything that can be taken offensively by anyone. So if I say the word "The" some "retard" is going to be offended somewhere on this planet, so I might as well not speak anymore right? WRONG! Grow a pair and stop being PC idiots. YOU are the problem with America.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  556. rmofffatt

    give her a break. who, amongst us, have not made a faux pas? yes, this was stupid and silly – but, in the overall scheme of things, not a big deal. i am sure that she does more good, than not, while supporting non-profits of many kind. So, chill.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  557. Sean

    Some of you are being really offensive with your use of the I-word. Please refrain from using "idiot". I – words around the world are feeling offended.

    thanks

    August 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  558. Mark

    I want to know where it is written that we have the inalienable right to never be offended? Get over yourself, you self righteous fools and stop making a mountain out of a molehill. If someone uses a word AND DOES NOT IDENTIFY A SPECIFIC GROUP IN RELATION TO THAT WORD then accept it for being slang and get on with your life.

    The retards that are on the lookout for any use of a word that could be construed as denigrating need to get a life and stop the alienation of their 'sacred cow' group. It only causes divisiveness and perpetuates whatever form of "-ism " they want to abolish. Short, dumb, stupid – all are valid descriptions and trying to get around it by using "challenged" only points out that these people are MORE different than most would otherwise assume them to be.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  559. Henry

    It's getting to the point where you are not aloud to use words that start with any letter in the alphabet. I mean what the apple is going on. Oh great I probably offended some group now.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  560. Matt

    Well thats just retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  561. Ryan

    I love the word retard – it just sounds great calling someone who does something stupid – a retard

    I did something dumb as a kid – my parents would tell me not to act like a retard
    You are not going to call a person who isn't of sound mind a retard – it is something you say to regular minded people when they do something dumb – to degrade them

    It is a word – just a word – so the press and sarah paling can stop being overly sensitive wimps – and get on with it

    August 20, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  562. Kyle

    This issue is r e t a r d e d

    August 20, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  563. shamgar50

    Aniston is a stupid (C)word She has no class, and just whines and whines about her broken heart!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  564. Hugh G Rection

    "Rainman practically bankrupted a casion and he was a ra-tard"

    August 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  565. Bob Cargill

    Let's all just sit on our hands and look for mundane reasons to get offended. Political correctness has gone retarded in this country and people just need to lighten up. What a bunch of whiny losers to make an issue out of something like this. The rest of the world is laughing at us.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  566. Spider

    The only problem I have is retarded people can't help the way they are. Those that use the word and condone the use in an inappropriate manner are the "C" word.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  567. ib42

    America is rapidly descending into a pitiful state, occupied mainly by dribbling idiots.
    Now, did I just offend someone? Good.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  568. John

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ! ! ! Why don't they just publish a book of words that are politically correct . Use of the "R" word, this is getting out of hand . What about the "Q' word, is that OK America , please give me a break !!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  569. R2

    Political Correctness in this country is just soooooooooooo overboard. Yes it was probably not the best thing to say but it's not a big enough issue to warrent all of this. The U.S. has become a nation of little crying sensitive babies. Oooops did I just offend babies? It's coming down to a time where we need a list of words we can say as so many people are offended by the smallest things now. Everyone needs to grow up and spend energy on more important things, such as the gulf oil issue, homelessness, gangs, etc. We've come to a point where she will be expected to publicly apologise or be ousted. I'm so sick of everyone crying all of the time over words – enough already! Yesterday it was the N-word and now today it's the R-word. What's next the S-word, the P-word, the B -word, the C-word? Let's grow up. We can't even say the supposed bad word now in a news story heading as it might offend someone. Let's get real here, people get offended and that is life. Down the road we will all be making grunting noises because all of the words in the English language have offended somebody. We really need a good war in the U.S. so everyone will pull together and stop making such a big deal over such small things such as a word. If Jennifer were to go around continuously using the word "retard" in a demeaning way then it might be a problem but it was a one time word slip. We've all done that so let's just let it go.
    Seriously – GROW UP AMERICA!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  570. Eric

    The N-word, the C-word, the R-word, the F-word, won't we run out of these "abbreviations" eventually?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  571. Crobo

    Wow, what a retarded article.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  572. RUKidding

    OMG--ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? SHE DIDN'T MEAN ANYTHING OFFENSIVE. THIS HAS BEEN A WORD USED BY JUST ABOUT EVERYONE AT SOME POINT AND THE WORD = THEY DID SOMETHING THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE. GIVE ME A BREAK.....THE MEDIA AND CERTAIN PEOPLE NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE ECONOMICS AND THE MAN YOU VOTED IN TO BE PRESIDENT. WHAT ABOUT THE MUSIC GROUP BLACK EYED PEAS THAT HAD A SONG LET'S GET RETARDED IN HERE AND THEY HAD TO CHANGE IT TO LET'S GET STARTED. PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE.....NO WONDER WE ARE IN THE STATE WE ARE IN....FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOES NOT EXIST...BTW, SHE CERTAINLY DIDN'T MEAN TO OFFEND ANYONE....AND SOMEONE ON HERE WROTE JENNIFER'S COMMENT WAS THE SAME AS DOCTOR LAURA...YOU POOR SOUL....IYOU SHOULD SPEND YOUR ENERGY ON 'IMPORTANT' ISSUES......

    August 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  573. Jill American

    I like Jen Anniston and this is very unfortunate. I think she will take this and change her ways and some good will come out of it. She does owe an apology tho .. especially to Regis.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  574. Susan Bond

    Honestly people can we just let silly stuff like this go and focus on more important issues! We have unemployment, homeless people, uninsured people, growing poverty and a growing education gap and we're making THIS an issue?!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  575. 0thevh0

    You know what's stupid? When people bring up the First Amendment in discussions about things like this. The First Amendment is about the GOVERNMENT not censoring speech, and about people being able to say what they want without fear of reprisal from the GOVERNMENT. It's not about common courtesy, which is what THIS is about. I'm no saint...I've dropped the R-bomb plenty, but I'm not on TV, where the mentally challenged and their loved ones can hear me. You can say whatever you want in your living room, but if you call people things they don't like to be called in IN PUBLIC, some of them are going to get upset...regardless of whether it's a slip of the tongue.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  576. Kristi

    Ok, so president bin laden can make fun of the Special Olympics and there is little outrage, but Aniston says that and suddenly its a hate crime?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  577. bill

    this whole thing is retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  578. maine liberal

    This word has been removed from the Palin/teaparty dictionary

    August 20, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  579. Sue

    When a person is an unknown , poor and making ends meet every day, words probably
    don't matter that much because nobody cares. Sure, you could get into fights and get beaten up or you could win the fight.

    But if you are well known, famous, makes a lot of money on tv, radio , movies etc. you can't
    say those hurtful words. If you do , be prepared to lose respect from others and your peers, lose
    your position and forefeit your powerful and influential position in making money.

    First amendment right is ok, but in reality it has it's limits. Can you imagine Washington,Churchhill, Jefferson, Mother Theresa, saying those hurtful words to harm or injure others.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  580. Rick

    Why do we need to 'R'estrict people from being 'R'egular people – don't we have something called f'R'ee speech?

    What is happening to us?! Every letter of the alphabet is going to get tagged at this rate. Get over it – really. 'R' word, F word, N word, S word, A word for kids, D word, L word, come on... the more people make a big deal, they just further alienate and further SEGREGATE their 'movement' – this 'R' word tag is bunk!

    Signed 'R'ick

    August 20, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  581. Mike

    Screw Political Correctness!!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  582. That's What's Up

    I'm Sofa King We Todd Did

    August 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  583. friendsfan

    Just shows how quick media is to pick on celebrities. Once they slip up by accident it is on the news everywhere. Jennifer made a mistake which I don't even see so offensive. I am sure she didn't mean to offend anyone. How many of us when we are joking around with friends use the word. Media needs to not make such a big deal over the littlest of things. There are bigger problems in the world that they should be covering. They are "retarded". Yeah I said it so what. Or like in The Hangover "Ratard"

    August 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  584. corky

    what a retard

    August 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  585. Leah (TXanimal)

    Like anyone on here has never accidentally said something they didn't mean... We're all so noble and superior hiding behind our computer screens analyzing other people's past actions.

    Grow up.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  586. Ray

    Free speech is gone in this country, that word was common during her youth, we all used it freely. Get a grip people, cannot use handicapped, retard, special needs, nothing is right anymore. Political correctness is now robbing us of free speech and it's totally retarded........

    August 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  587. Kat

    Retard only became a six letter word because of that idiot Sarah Palin. it's just like many other words out there that have a double meaning, but are only offensive when used in certain settings or with certain elements. I call myself retarded all the time and mean that I'm being stupid or silly. In fact, once when talking to my friend about how people treat his sister, who IS mentally disabled, I called those who treated her badly retarded!
    Also, would it be bad if she had used retarded to talk about the economy? If she has said, "The economy is retarded right now." Would she have caught so much flack? Because the economy is retarded, by definition, retarded also means, slowing down or a delay in development. Using retarded to describe a mentally disabled person is actually a slang term.
    A ton of people have already said something similar to what I just said, so I will stop there and not continue to repeat them or myself. i don't want to seem retarded...

    August 20, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  588. P

    Retards!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  589. Mark

    I wonder if Palin is going to rant on about Jennifer's first amendment rights to say what she pleases? Or does Sarah only support the rights of those who spout racist slurs?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  590. maine liberal

    She said it once and about herself. unlike Dr L. who repeated the N-word several times and used it against another person

    August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  591. Adam

    This is getting out of hand. WHO makes up the rules on what people CAN or CAN'T say? If we CAN'T say it. Then REMOVE it from the dictionary and abolish it from the English language. Until we take those steps and go that far – ALL English words are fair game.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • terry

      Palin/teaparty has removed this from their new dictionary and has refudiated its usage.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  592. Shawn

    Methinks this is a bit retarded as well....

    August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  593. youallsuck

    The Special Olympics is just a bunch of retards anyway, who cares. Let them gimp around in sweatsuits.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  594. Sympathetic

    I do hate when people use that word, but at the same time, aren't we all human and don't we all slip-up at some point? It must suck to be under a microscope 24/7 and have everything you do and say analyzed. I'm sure she didn't mean to offend anyone by the comment so let's find something more newsworthy to discuss.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  595. Jaymie

    Shhhhhh, no one speak, somone may get offended. People need to be less sensitive. It’s not like she was pointing at a handicapped person yelling “RETARD”

    August 20, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  596. Nottingham

    Is there a replacement Land of the free I can move to?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  597. youallsuck

    So if I say N!GGER RETARD is the f**cking world gong to collapse?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  598. NinaAsUsual

    Retard? Who doesn't say that word nowadays...? I know I call people that all the time. It's just not the same as mentally handicapped to me. I'd never call someone in that condition "retarded". I reserve the word for the average idiot.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  599. dubz

    Retard in French means to be late or backwards....So should the French langauge have to apologize???

    August 20, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  600. WHOOT

    Lol....this is the dumbest story that I've read in a while. I can't believe that someone got paid to write this.
    The R-word...How retarded!!! How is this even a story.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  601. Michae

    OMG! Enough already!! Why is this news?!?!?!?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  602. d

    It was a mistake. It was fine to say it 10 years ago when the world wasn't so dang sensitive. Jeeze. Get over it already. She didn't say it maliciously towards a mentally handicapped person! She said it in a silly way about herself. Yes, not an intelligent statement, but definitely not something that should have activists up in arms.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  603. Craig

    Showbiz tonight is asking Jerry Springer to weigh in morally?? Shows you where their heads are at!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  604. janet

    I'm really tired of Jennifer Aniston. What talent does she actually have anyway. What has she done to contribute to anything worthwhile?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  605. How Very Dare Her

    I feel like such a retard for commenting on a lame-o blog...oops! Gosh, it's kinda easy to let a politically incorrect slur slip out, especially a brand new one like the "R" word which became officialy off-limits just...what...this past week? I'm trying to remember which retard got offended and put it on the map... DARN IT! Ugh! Did it again. Sorry!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  606. Jumpin Jake

    There's a "www.r-word.org"???? That is just so....retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  607. seriously!

    I have a family member who is mentally handicapped. I am not sure why the word retard is so offensive. It is not like she is saying "like a mentally handicapped person!" Then it would be offensive. We do not use the term "retard" to define the mentally handicapped any more. That word was used when handicaps were not understood. It is a clinical term that doctors still use "mentally retarded," but you can't judge someone because of a word they used. Millions of people use it in their daily life. I am so sick of people judging celebrities because they are not perfect. No one is perfect, and if you judge someone by one little word, you are a sad, sad person. There are far worse "crimes" to be worried about!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  608. KP

    Everyone of u people have said something that u were not proud of. Something u let slip......But now u condemn Anniston....cmon people get a life.......So she said retard, 30 years ago everybody used the word and nobody blinked. Put your minds to something more substantial. I bet most of u are Sarah Palin followers....Now if ever the word retard fit........LOL

    August 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  609. Big Mike

    Charity: "these are also the same people that also still use the N word". What "these people" are you referring to? As far as I read, the person had not been identified. Perhaps you should stay out of the debate since you obviously want to bring in something unwanted.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  610. j

    Funny that so many people run around in circles screaming 'the sky is falling' and seem to have forgotten the basic notion of free speech. Who cares if you like the word 'retard'. I don't like whiny imbeciles who try to make everyone else think the same way they do. Plus, one of the meanings of 'retard' is 'a person socially inept' so the it's basically a bunch of retards crying about this because they're too inept to deal with it any way except by seeing how loud and stupid they can be.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  611. Gabor47

    The society still failed to realize that it isn't WORDS which create the objective reality, but just the other way around.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  612. nation of whiners

    we have become a nation of panzies and freedom of speech bashers, she has the right to say what she wants, you dont like it TOUGH, go and die. its a word, she hasnt hurt anyone by saying it, emotional distress? to whom the retards or to their families who have dumped those kids on public welfare and raised our taxes to pay for them??
    if you dont like the word, DONT USE it, but to take it away from some one else's right to say?? thats pure BS.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  613. Chris

    would a real retard be offended anyway? i mean really?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Some Guy

      Remember that show "Life Goes On?" Remember the episode when that one kid called Corky a retard? That was awesome. Someone finally treated him like any other person, which is exactly how the people crying over the use of the word retard want people with mental retardation to be treated. What was more insulting, calling him a retard on the show, or using him in PSA ads to say that he was too smart to use drugs? Doesn't that imply that he's stupid because he has Down Syndrome?

      August 21, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  614. The "S" word

    The "R" word. The "N" word. Soon we will not be allowed to say anything without being reprimanded. Come on America grow some "B" words!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  615. JimBob

    The Sanition Engineers Council is raising a stink because of all the poop-heads.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  616. William

    RETARD:
    1. Someone or something that is abjectly stupid.
    2. Short for "mentally retarded", as in being a large number of bricks shy of a load.
    3. Someone who attempts to gain political power or leverage by objecting to a word and claiming that people should be forbidden to utter it.
    also TARD, RETARDED, TARDED

    August 20, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  617. kkilkk

    Seriously Americans – this is absolutely moronic!!! Oops I just said the M word!!!! Now the morons will be after me!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  618. John

    Seriously, who cares that she said retard? and WHEN did we start calling it the R-word? I'm pretty sure the only people that give a hoot are a bunch of retards anyway. So what. Jennifer Aniston is hot and her blatant disregard for the feelings of the mentally challenged only make her hotter. Sorry, but its true.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  619. Maggie

    Here is the dictionary definition –
    Retard
    –verb (used with object)
    1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
    –verb (used without object)
    2. to be delayed.

    –noun
    3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.

    Slang: Disparaging .
    4. a. a mentally retarded person.
    b. a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.

    5.
    Automotive, Machinery . an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  620. Das84

    This is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  621. Jack Meoff

    If you had a retarded child you would not like people using that word as a putdown. Peace out.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • nation of whiners

      so freaking what? do I have to watch how I fart because some one is going to be offended that people fart?? grow up people,, bunch of panzies we've become

      August 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  622. Howard

    I am a black man and we as black people can sometimes be a little "hypersensitive" and I think the same thing applies here, the girl made a mistake people, a slight slip of the tongue during a a self deprecating moment, she didn't intend to hurt anyone or parents of children/adults with challenges.. Translation, everyone needs to relax.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  623. SammyZ

    The context she used the (oh my God. I can't believe I'm placing it in quotes as if it's a bad word) "Retard" is acceptable. She used retard to describe herself because....maybe she did something retarded?

    Saying, "God I'm such a retard!" is completely different than saying, "God, I am a disabled person with a medically diagnosed metal retardation!"

    Apples and oranges folks. Calm down.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  624. Just sayin

    It would be interesting to see JA's reaction to a fellow actor who is quoted in an interview about his/her work with her saying that, "JA is so retarded in everything she does – no one should take her seriously – ever!" when asked about her capability as an actress... then she MAY understand what it means to be on the other side of this comment. As a parent with a "retarded" special needs adult who is struggling to make it on his own in the world – I fail to see why this word is used to describe ANYTHING. Wouldn't it be refreshing to see her evolve one of these days since she always asks her fans to take her seriously. Put yourself in the shoes of the special needs community – Just sayin – think about it

    August 20, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  625. pam

    Obviously some of you, who don't think it's a BIG Deal, don't have children with special needs. We aren't still in the 60's or 70's !

    August 20, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • nation of whiners

      to Pam
      Ii thought it was about offending the retards not their families? it sounds like you just dont like the lot of life alotted to you by god/nature,, grow up and handle it..

      August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  626. RETARD

    retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard, retard. Oh my, did I say the "R" word!? What is this Country coming to when we get offended over using the word RETARD? Do people even know what it means, (cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate), not chocolate milk lover.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  627. john harrison

    look she could have said like a democrat and that really would have been insulting.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  628. JKizzle

    Why does the media give this nonsense that much attention. Talk about the war or the pakistan floods or maybe even how bad our economy. They spend so much time on useless subjects like this and its pathetic. To be honest if he didnt say anything after the video about her saying 'retard" I would have never noticed. Grow up and get on with life. The word Retard should not be the most talked about topic on cnn.com right now. Its really sickening.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  629. Grace

    Seriously! Are we all this frigging sensitive. Its just a word "RETARD".Get over it. This world has made everything so sensitive. Don't step on anyone's toes. Geesh! Watch what you say or do. What's next gay is a no no...we will have to use gender challenged. The word retard means slow or to delay. "I was so retarded this morning I missed the bus" It's in the dictionary and i will use it as I see fit. RETARD!!!
    Mel Gibson use of the word c*** is far more insulting than Jen feeling like a retard playing dress-up. All you complainers just go find a job or a frigging hobby or something and stop sitting there complaining about nonsense. Go help Pakistan or something

    August 20, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  630. Parkerman

    Aren't we getting a little too sensitive to political correctness. I used to use "retard" all the time, but it never meant I felt less about those that are actually mentally challanged. I mean come on lets get back to understanding the intent of the word and not the actual word itself. She did not mean to demean anyone, she was only describing the silliness of the act of dressing up as a adult. Special Olympics leave her alone.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  631. firedrake

    I can see the follow-up article to this now. "Backlash to backlash about using the word retard..."

    August 20, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  632. William

    Here we go... the Semantics Police retards are at it again. The very idea that a particular word is "damaging" and must never be uttered is retarded in and of itself. Jennifer Aniston is no rocket scientist, but neither is she a retard, and her reference to herself as a retard was obviously self-deprecating humor. The retards who object need to get a life, and refrain from seeking political power at the expense of our personal liberties. I myself pledge to use the word "retard" much more often in the future, as it is a highly descriptive word and very effective in describing someone or something that is abjectly stupid. RETARD RETARD RETARD... RETARDED RETARDED RETARDED... RETARD TARD... TARD RETARD... TARDED RETARDED... RETARDED TARDED... RETARD TARD RETARDED TARDED... RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD RETARD!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  633. MrsDub

    I doubt that discussing this will change anyone's opinion, since people seem staunchly in the "I'm offended"/"It's no big deal!" camps ... but here are my two cents anyway: Aniston made a nervous mistake and should be forgiven. However, it was a real mistake – the r-word is offensive and should be, just like many other words that were acceptable in a less tolerant post, despite the fact they have always been offensive.. The Special Olympics isn't necessarily jumping on Jen -they acknowledged it was an off-the-cuff slip-up. But they have to use this opportunity to inform the public about the inappropriateness of such words. This is how they spread the word. Sadly, Jen had to be the catalyst, but I bet you she won't use the word again, along with a lot of other people who hear about this story. (And hopefully a lot of you who think we should just call eachother insulting names all day long because it's too hard to think of alternative words. Laziness is not an excuse for rudeness, my friends.)

    August 20, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Some Guy

      How are you still alive with all that blood leaking from your heart?

      August 21, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  634. Nathan

    This whole thing is retarded. Yes, I said retarded. If you're offended by that word you're a retard. Hey, sometimes the truth hurts. Stop being so retarded or people will think your a retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  635. dUBZ

    This report is retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  636. Raymond Wong

    I try not to say the word because I have friends with children and family with disabilities. Still, it's a frigging slip of the tongue... for most people, it's a word they've been using to mean "stupid people" and not the disabled. I think the PC crowd is being WAY too over sensitive when they monitor every word everybody says. Aniston was being self-deprecating, meaning she was like "I wasn't particularly smart." And to say "I will not see her movies anymore" and "I lose respect for her" is just overreacting. Cheers.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  637. Jane in PA

    Gee I thought the R word was Republican. Now that's a nasty word.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  638. alyx

    Empowering the word only makes it worse, what are we children, grow up! Sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you. I hear fat little chunk monster children don't want to be called obese any more either, maybe we should just keep changing what we call everything so everyone walks on egg shells forever. Or maybe just maybe we can all grow a pair and teach ourselves not to give in to childish derogatory use of our language so retard and the obese can go back to being exactly what they are meant to be, simply words.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  639. SR from Canada

    Well, let me get the duck tape and we will make sure nobody utters another word ever! It seems everything these days is a jab against someone and could only be constued as ignorant or hurtful. Ultimately, was Jennifer out of bounds....not at all. Just listen to the context. She was clearly refering to herself and NO ONE ELSE!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  640. Boka

    I don't use the word retard. I usually use the word Mongoloid. It sounds funny to me for some reason. Like "Jack! you just spilled coffee on me! You mongoloid!"

    August 20, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  641. Suzie-Q

    Yep, I'm with the other (probably thousands by the time it's over) posts here, except for a handful, GET OVER IT! Please, there are so much more importatnt things in life that watching someone's every word. Jennifer is a very bright, funny, and caring person. She was commenting on her own behaviour. The word "Retarded" is gone from the vocabulary concerning those with mental disabilities. It changes by the PC decade. Here's one for you....where I'm from when we have forest fires, the planes drop "Fire Retardant", it is reported almost every night on the news. Oh, better have those "bad" news anchor people watch what they say!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  642. David

    OMG, she made a mistake and used a word that has been in our vernacular for the last 40 years. She seems like a good enough person, let it go!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  643. retard

    The whole thing is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  644. Tevii

    WHO CARES.... Retard, retatd, retard...... its not a horrible word and all thos "PC" people need to shut the F_ck up. Whining about such trivial garbage is killing this country.
    ITS A WORD. Words dont hurt. I dont care what people say. Words dont cause damage. We convince ourselves they do so we have excuses to complain.... Its time to stop

    August 20, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  645. really

    ok so why is the word so bad...it's the people that get offended by the word that make it a bad word...what if people with dissabilities didn't think of themselves as retards??? It would make a big difference I think...It's these people that keep our society from outgroing the word...as if the people from the special olympics responded to this...It means that they think of there athletes this way right? She did not use the word to make fun of people with dissibilities so get over it. I have a few family members that have dissabilities and in no way shape or form do they think of themselves as retards...the word is just a simple word as any other word...GET OVER IT!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  646. kevin

    As a daily user of the word RETARD, I think people need to just shush. Mentaly Retared. Slower, a bit stupid, dumb, not playing with a full deck, has a hole in their screen door, elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor, etc.
    So, all you retards out there crying like the NAACP when a white person spouts a big fat NAGGER at the world, grow some skin.
    Peace

    August 20, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  647. Laura

    How absolutely SILLY. We need to go back to the politics of the 1970s. Words are words people.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  648. William

    Hypersensitivity to semantics – as exemplified by the ridiculous furor over the use of the so-called "R-word" – is nothing more than a well-worn strategy for gaining power at the expense of personal liberty. It is also RETARDED.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  649. Angie

    Leave Jennifer ALONE! She is not meaning anything in a harmful way and people need to stop being so HYPER sensitive. My sis-in-law is mentally handicapped and I NEVER take offense to people saying RETARD. We say it all the time and NOT to be creul just meaning silly or goofy and THAT is what Jen meant. Come on people let's talk about something that matters like economy or that the Obama's are going on ANOTHER Vacation while people aren't getting food.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  650. Larry

    This has gotten out of control. What happened to free speach. Free as long as you don't offend anyone ? That ain't free. Some people need to put their big pants on and get over it ! Flippin babies. Oops, did I just offend all babies ?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  651. saintstephen

    Retard is still a word, people who take offense simply think retarded. Like most people I'm getting sick and tired of this gay politically correct crap.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  652. Jake Asiago

    I thought the "R word" was "Republican"

    August 20, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  653. Robert

    Retards are retards.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  654. srhx1605

    why dont we just stop speaking with words? lets go back to grunting the caveman way, then nobodies precious little feelings will get hurt.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  655. KCV

    I'm not a huge fan of Jen, but willing to give her a break, don't think she meant it to offend, though she did say "I'm a retard" .... I do understand that this word can really upset and offend someone who is special needs or has a relative with special needs when the word is used like that. I just won't use words that I clearly know will upset others, out of respect for my fellow humans, others that don't care say " I say what I want and who cares if someone is hurt"....to each their own and I guess we're all raised with different morals and values. I also hate "the N word", "that's Ghetto", "that's gay", and "Poor White Trash"!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  656. Larry

    Are any of us actually working today?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  657. etorres4484

    everyone who has posted (including myself) has applauded CNN for this retarded article....

    August 20, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  658. Andre

    If this keeps up, pretty soon we will have to speak in acronyms!

    Webster's definition...

    Main Entry: re·tard·ed
    Pronunciation: \ri-ˈtär-dəd\
    Function: adjective
    Date: 1895
    sometimes offensive : slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress

    SOMETIMES OFFENSIVE: Which means if you actually tell it to a person with the affliction.

    My take on it, if it is in the dictionnary, you can use it, period.

    BTW...
    The P, B, C, N, words are in the dictionary but defined as disparaging.

    PGOTPCBWAST1A.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  659. JamF

    It’s so sickening how this country is just drowning in its own political correctness. If anyone’s retarded it’s the media for spending time on retarded stories like this one. Is there really nothing else going on in the world that you have to report on what some airhead celebrity said on some show. What’s even sadder than that is the majority of America thinks this is news. The average American today can’t go 4 hours without their daily celebrity gossip and new crouch shot of Lindsay Lohan getting into her car.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  660. HisStoryPal

    I believe Nick Swarden said it best, "Sometimes sh** is just retarded."

    August 20, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  661. Easy E

    Cowboy up crybabies!

    My cousin has moderately severe autism. Some people have called him a "retard"...and then me or his brothers kick said person's butt, because the word is INTENTIONALLY used to hurt in that case.

    But if someone is just saying "retard" in vernacular conversational context...WHO THE F CARES!

    GET OVER IT YOU GD CRYBABIES!!!! I don't care if your kid has Down's or whatever, learn to deal with reality and stop being a bunch of self-obsessed wimps! If you and your kid are so easily damaged by the comments of others, then YOU are the ones with the problem!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  662. commongrnd

    I find it laughable that so many would defend Jen here. None of you have to "watch what you say", you are just an average person with no influence. People like Jen and Dr Laura have hundreds of thousands if not millions of fans. Everyone knows that people, suck as yourself, are naturally followers. If these people are allowed to use derogatory language whenever they feel it will perpetuate the use of a harmful word.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  663. KCV

    I'm willing to give her a break, don't think she means it....but I do understand that this word can really upset and offend someone who is special needs or has a relative with special needs. I just don't use words that I clearly know will upset others, out of respect for my fellow humans, others feel I say what I want and who cares if someone is hurt....to each their own. I also hate "the N word", "that's Ghetto", "that's gay", and "PWT"!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  664. Sarah

    So...when Special Olympics weighs in on this what are they saying about their athletes? To me it almost seems like a put down to theose who are competing to respond to this gaffe.
    What next....is saying someone is blonde going to be offensive?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  665. j.t

    here's a concept...who cares?!?!? first amendment!! she's hot and cool and I think she's funny, and she's American and therefore has the rights to free speech all of us un-famous blokes enjoy...

    August 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  666. scroo yoo

    It seems a lot of you are offended that someone could be offended by this.Ill agree its a little silly,and Im not the most PC person on the planet,probably the opposite-but if I can avoid hurting someones feelings by avoiding certain words,it isnt a big deal for me.If anything,I care more about the feelings of those who this might offend than I do people who are offended by PC-ness(actually I HATE those people)

    big deal if you say the R word or even the N word,but at least have some tact and apologize if you inadvertently offend someone,its the nice thing to do and makes life easier

    August 20, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  667. bob

    just because I live in the south and have a small farm I am offended when someone calls me a redneck. where is the sensitivty for my feelings.I mean redneck implies I am backwards and a country hick which is totally not true. should I go on

    August 20, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  668. Bernrard

    The word Retard is a mean and hateful word. Like the N-word, it should never be used no matter what the situation. Next time she should use the word "Tard". It's much better.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Does that mean that I have to stop calling Apple fans 'Great Big i-Tards' ?
      No. It means people need to get over it. Words are words. And this is a First Amendment issue.

      August 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  669. PopePius

    Being afraid of words is retarded.
    Get over it. Some people are retarded.... and everyone should have the right to say whatever they want.

    Seriously people, for a country founded on Freedom of Speech and expression we seriously have a problem with people trying to infringe on your rights to do so.

    I think she should be able to say what she wants... and I will defend to the death her right to do so.
    And anyone who doesn't agree with me is a retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  670. JOVA

    Yeah, seriously, WHO CARES?????? She said the R- word! Ohhhhhhh my god! Can't say the R word, Can't say the N word , can't say the F word.....soon will be WHAT CAN I SAY? Whatever, people!!!!!!!!!!!! Move on and let people speak their mind without interupting.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerley

      The word is 'RETARDED' saying 'The R-Word' just gives it more power.
      Say the freaking word, and people can just get over it!

      August 20, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  671. Dewmeister

    I still use the "R" word today but I use it in referring to people that do retarded things, not people with disabilities. We've all seen someone do something stupid or "retarded" they show them on TV all the time.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  672. what?

    Um...... When did being retarded become so bad that now it is being treated like a racial slur? Look up the word in a dictionary it can be used for descriptions as well so lets all just chill out and ask what retarded person is offended by this and not just there parents being up tight

    August 20, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  673. Missy

    Someone asked why people can't used the entire word and not just a letter? If it's ok to do that with this word, is it ok to do it with the other big "letter only word"?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  674. Kyle

    It wouldn't be an English word if we weren't supposed to use it ever. It's ridiculous to not be "allowed" to use a word. It's not like she was calling someone else a retard to their face. Leave this story alone and put something else on the front page – like the combat troops leaving Iraq.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  675. leakylucy

    Now we don our gay apparel... fa la la la – la la la la...

    August 20, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  676. rocky

    What ever happened to the days of "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me". We are getting way to conscious over a word. Is this what we have become as a society, a bunch of whiners?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  677. rgree

    if you were offended by her comment, you ARE retarded. Now put on your helmet and walk go away!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  678. Richard

    Retard means to slow something. Retarded means slowed. I have pity for those who may be suffering from mental disabilities that may have been previously labeled with this word, however, if we stop using this word for that purpose and use another, won't that word just become a bad word as well? Is it right to force the total ban on the use of that word for any and all purposes? How many words are we going to ban in America? I think that if words, whatever they are, are used in a derogatory manner, that is one thing, but I don't see the point in banning them for other uses by condemning anyone who dares utter them for any purpose.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  679. TheWord

    When someone says: "the N word" or "the R word" they are still making you say the real word in your head whether you want to or not. So, really, which is worse. America get over yourself and stop whining about words that make you feel bad.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  680. Matt

    People who are offended by the word "retard" are retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  681. Master_Kush

    Ummmm, "Retard" is the common American word for "stupid" or "funny looking" and has nothing to do with handicapped people.. Those of you whom are offended by this are ignorant and have NOTHING better to complain about in their lives.. Grow up... You are retarded...

    August 20, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  682. SIgh

    I think it is retarded that all you retards are acting so retarded about some retard calling themselves a retard. I say it about myself all the time, and believe that once you realize you are a retard too you will get over yourself and enjoy life in it's beautiful simplicity rather than spending your time complaining about silliness.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  683. billy kimmel

    Retard! Retard! Retard! Retard! Retard! Retard!. You don't like it? Kiss my white butt. Oh goodness, I said butt. I'm sorry.
    CNN, you like to cause controversy. A real news organization would not give this story the light off day. You are the new Hedda Hopper on acid!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  684. Alan

    I say that anyone who complains needs to get a freaking life. Quit being so damned sensitive, shut the Hell up, and move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  685. jazzbo

    Why has everything have to be taken so negatively?
    I'm Italian and if someone says Dago without a smirk as if its a curse it does not bother me.
    If the word is in the English dictionary I think the use is OK.
    She did not call a person a "Retard" she was speaking about her not being slow.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  686. really

    this whole situation is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  687. Nichole

    If you look up the word retard in a dictionary it does not say that retard stands for a mentally retarded person or person with developmental disabilities anywhere except under slang terms. Gosh people have nothing better to do than make every little comment a person says into huge news!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  688. MAL

    You can't compare a word like Retard to the N word. The N word has no other purpose than to be derogatory. Retard has mutliple defintions and it not universally known as a "bad" word. I have a DD nephew and I use the word retarded all th time. It's about the context that matters. I saw, "that's retarded" all the time to refer to a stupid idea, but I would never say "you're retarded" to someone who truly is. I'm sorry, but you can't compare the terms. There is no context for the N word that is harmless if used to describe someone.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  689. kc

    people make mistakes – people are sensitive to the things that touch their hearts – ignorant people frequently share their ignorance. Try to see the good in people and ignore their flaws. Be empathetic to those who do not have the awareness of their ignorance.

    If i do not have a child with down syndrome, i'm not experienced enough to share my views.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  690. billy

    Voldemort!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  691. STFU!

    Are you people serious? My sister has a mental handicap. I suppose every one of you goes up to black people and calls them the "N"-word? No, you don't because you are a coward in fear of getting a beatdown. Calling a person the "R" word is cowardice, because you aren't afraid of them because in general they are the most loving people you could know and there isn't a beatdown headed your way from them. HOWEVER, they have loved ones that would be more than willing to drop a shot accross your jaw. People need to wake up and grow with the politically correct times. All of you has a term which offends you... Try being stereotyped by it and having to hear it all the time, you'd kill yourself. These people with these handicaps are a thousand times stronger in spirit than anyone on this page including myself.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't believe you people...

      Thank you! Finally! You know, my Down's Syndrome sister is a Global Messenger for Special Olympics, and she's met two Presidents of the United States, the Shriver family, movie stars, NBA and MLB teams, and the governing board of Northwestern University. She has better writing skills than 95% of the people on this board!

      August 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  692. MikeJ

    Ya wanna know what's really juvenile? Realizing something you do or say is wrong then getting all defensive and rationalizing why it's okay, and why the people complaining about it shouldn't be offended or are some sort of "nazis". Grow up, admit when you are wrong, and change your behavior. You won't get anywhere in life until you can do that.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  693. Christina

    I call myself retarded all the time and it isn't meant in any derogatory way TOWARDS "mentally challenged" people. Leave her alone and stop taking everything people say nowadays out of context. I highly doubt she was ridiculing anyone. Why does nobody have anything better to do no than analyze every word coming out of peoples mouths...pathetic.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  694. Don B., Charlotte

    "R" word? I first had to watch the video clip just to find out what the "R" word is! Having made this into an 'issue' is preposterus!! She/we can call ourselves anything we want to call ourselves. A group of people lashing out that such use is offensive, is, well, offensive. It is plainly obvious Jen was not using the word retard in an offensive, or insensitive manner. If taken to court we all know very well Jen would win based on her/our freedom of speech. I'd like to suggest that society get over this crap. Nowadays something said always seems to offend someone. Retard is a quite natural word to be expressed in every case but one; When talking to, or about or around those who are mentally challenged. Of those who may have seen this clip; Hey, it was about herself, not you! Get over it! Let's move on.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  695. Robert

    This Political Correctness thing has gone waaaay too far. You are acting retarded!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  696. Bob

    give me a break. I'm not a fan of her's but she did a slip of the tonuge. I've heard a lot worse and network TV.
    If people are so concerned and upset about this, you need to get a life.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  697. Forrest

    I say stop the nonsense. Retardation is a birth defect. So is a mole in the middle of your face. If she had said she looked like she had a large mole in the middle of her face, no one would have cared. Good Lord people, she wasn't trying to humiliate a retarded person. Go get mad at someone if they are intentionally humiliating someone. Until then, shut up!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  698. just me

    Is this really worth debate? She told it like it is

    August 20, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  699. Laura

    Ok, if we use the N word all hell breaks loose, people are forced to resign from their positions and have to make public apologies. So yes, I do find it offensive that Jennifer Aniston (who I thought had more class) goes on national television and says the word retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  700. MyWord

    LOL...Heres my take on the word.
    A****** word
    B**** word
    C*** word
    E?
    F*** word
    and the list can go on and on. So be carefull what word you use in your vacabulary since all words start with a specific letter in the alphabet. People need to grow up. Retard is no more of an expression as dumbazz.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  701. DD

    Silly me, I thought the "R" word was Republican.

    Seriously, would someone who is mentally challenged even be offended by the "R" word in the first place? Whose feelings are we protecting here?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't believe you people...

      Yeah, you know, my Down's Syndrome sister is offended. She was called "retard" by kids she ran circles around in the brain department, a lot of them people like you, who think that "retards" can't actually feel or think. Doesn't make it any less painful for her, though. And if you were called a moron on a regular basis, I suppose you would constantly tell yourself, "Oh no, THEY'RE the morons," and it would make you feel all sunshine and happiness? Use of the word "retard" has become a form of bullying, but I guess it doesn't matter, because the kids being bullied supposedly aren't smart enough to realize it. And guess what, people? Who do those bullies learn the word "retard" from – YOU, the parents. Way to go – you're really making the world a better place for the disadvantaged.

      August 20, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ty

      @ I can't believe you people... when you become retarded, you can decide then how retarded people "feel" about this word. Besides, the word became offensive when someone started taking it offensively. If I used the word "knucklehead" to describe you, or a situation, or anything, i'm sure this word wouldn't make you want to post on CNN.com about how what happens in another persons life makes you so angry... unless you're an overly sensitive retard.

      August 22, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  702. Reality Check...

    Yea, when she used the word "retard" she, of course, meant to demean every person with any sort of intellectual challenges – she, of course, showed her total lack of empathy and humanity and should be eviscerated for her lack of charity and her mean spirited, bigoted views...

    Or maybe, just maybe, she innocently used a word that every single one of us uses to describe something silly and goofy. The world has gone mad – this whole issue is retarded and the people who are "offended" are thin skinned, ignorant idiots looking for drama and problems where none exist.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  703. Sean

    I'm sorry, but that is common usage of the word 'retard'. Overly sensitive people need to get over it. By the way, 'stupid', 'idiot' and 'moron' used to mean the same thing, but have become common usage words in the same way that Aniston used 'retard'.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  704. amused

    ____,____________________________________. ______________________________________________.

    Did not want to offend anyone by exercising my 1st admendment rights of freedom of expression. So I guess my comment to the politically correct community is grow up, if you find yourselve offended, change channels, turn off television or the radio, walk away from the conversation and by all means keep it to yourself, because I am tired of your BS and frankly will go out of my way to annoy you as must as possible. Why you ask, because I find your goody two shoes over protective demeaner totally offensive and sicking. I can not express in words how offended I am by the politically corrects, new list of words one must not say with out out fear of being deemed insensative.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't believe you people...

      You know, I could call you retarded because your lack of spelling and grammar skills would suggest that you don't have an intelligent and comprehensive grasp of language. Would you like to be called retarded? Oh, I'm sure you have some skills – you have access to a computer, you can create sentences (albeit poorly), you can read... is it still okay for me to call you a retard? Hey, retard, go back to school and learn how to spell! Hey, retard, did your mom write this posting for you?

      August 20, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  705. john watson

    Here I thought the "R" word was "Rupublican."

    August 20, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  706. BM

    Good Grief. Where is George Carlin when we need him???

    August 20, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  707. dude

    You guys are all retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  708. Get Over yourselves

    Anyone offended by this "IS" being a retard. Get over yourselves people – you're the reason we removed GOD from the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe you could spend some of your energy doing some actual good in the world.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  709. James S

    II have a sibling that is mentally challenged, and I have work in a group home for the mentally and physically challenged, and truthfully I don't find it that offensive, asinine and juvenile yes but not really offensive.

    The thing is its a word, is just a word.
    At one point in the past the term "IDIOT" was used only to describe a person that was mentally challenged, but people applied it to anyone that did something foolish.
    The same is true with the word "DUMB", and "MORON".
    In fact the words "SPECIAL" and "CHALLENGED" are used with the same connotation today.

    If the new "TERM" for the mentally challenged was "young minded" people will soon use it insultingly as well.

    The main reason I'm not insulted is because most sane people are not using it in regards to people with special needs, they are using it in the sense of a regular person doing something unintelligent.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  710. Elmer Romero

    I hope she gives no repsonse at all to all the "uproar".

    August 20, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  711. Mike

    Since when do those with a particular disability, whether it be Down's Syndrome or something else, have a monopoly on the R word? Why does everything thing when this word is said that someone is referring to them?
    The are multiple definitions for many words in the English language and this one is no exception.
    The word "retard" has morphed into something that goes well beyond the insinuation that one is referring to a specific group or class of people.
    Jennifer Aniston is an incredible actress and a kind humanitarian and I'm 100% certain that her intentions were not do belittle or poke fun of a very special class of people.
    Unfortunately she will now have to come out and state the obvious which is that she meant no ill will or disrespect toward anyone when making this comment.
    I might just go watch her movie this weekend now to show support for her and to stick my middle finger up to the overy sensitive, politically correct masses that continue to grow within this country. Get a life people.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  712. leslie

    Last I checked we had this thing called Freedom of Speech in this country. Which means people should be able to say what they want to say when they want to say it. There are way too many people who get offened by the things people say, just deal with it and move on. I hope she does not issue an apology, she said it and that is it

    August 20, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  713. Will

    This story is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  714. fal4cy

    it's just a word. quit making controversy out of nothing.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  715. lathroj119

    Ever since Palin had a retarded baby and she used it to advance her political career, everyone is so high and mighty now about using that word.

    Hence forth, no one can use the word "Green" because it makes me feel bad. And I will sue you if you do.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  716. RUKiddingMe

    It's ok for JA to use the "R" word just like it is ok for Chris Rock to use the "N" word.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  717. Russ

    Sorry, but I don't have time to read this right now. I need to go retard the spark on my old Model A's ignition timing. Then, later, I'll have to retard the progress of some persistent weeds into my cantaloupe out in the garden.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  718. dr britt

    this is f'n retarded, i like turtles

    August 20, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  719. Craig

    Please how f-ing ridiculous have we become! Doesn't matter what you say these days you'll offend someone. http://www.rword.org? WHAT??? That is seriously retarded... Ooops

    August 20, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  720. rivirivi

    With pardon to all the retards of the world: CNN is retarded!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  721. Lola

    I think it's interesting. People here defend Aniston's use of the R-Word, but not Dr. Laura Schlessinger's use of the N-word. Dr. Laura discussed the word's usage by black comedians, but you're not allowed to utter the N-word in America if you're not black. I find Aniston's use of the R-word to offensive b/c it promotes a negative image of special needs individuals, but I forgive her for the slip of the tongue.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • flecka

      I think you bring up some very good points. I think the popularity of the person, greatly enhances or diminishes what we regard as acceptable or not. Words and actions seem to take second place in 'celebrity'.

      Moving on–hearing Jen Aniston's words being dissected again in the last few weeks, isn't so interesting. I think there are better stories to be told.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  722. Al

    "Ooooh teacher! She said the R-word!" This is so ludicrous. Our society celebrates boorishness, stupidity and thuggery, yet we pretend to be so shocked when someone says something like this. And Special Olympics!! Get real! She wasn't referring to anyone but herself as a retard. You need to get over it. We all do.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  723. Troystory

    It's retarted that we're even talking about this...

    August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't believe you people...

      Well, sweetheart, when you can't even spell the word correctly, maybe you should reconsider speaking in public on an issue that you obviously can't comprehend.

      August 20, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  724. alan

    "I think it's so retarded that everyone is making such a big deal about this" Jennifer, you have my permission to use my quote..

    August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  725. No Big Deal

    This is not a big deal. I got tired of this political correctness long ago. I always say what's on my mind; end of story. I live in America and I have the right to say whatever I want just as the next person has the right to say what they want. Others might not like some things I have to say and I might not like some things others have to say but that's life. Deal with it.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  726. cassandra

    The only people who give a squat are losers with no life and crummy priorities Kids starving in Africa don't care, soldiers in Afghanistan don't care, i have a mentally and physically handicaped child with Williams syndrome and guess what? I DON'T CARE! She is a celebrity talking on tv under a lot of pressure–the politically correct police should direct their energies elsewhere–say, go clean up the Gulf Coast or donate time to a burn ward and don't worry about if my boy's feelings were hurt!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't believe you people...

      So you don't care if your child's feelings are hurt? Really?

      August 20, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheena

      I am so sorry for you. The fact that you are so selfish and care nothing about what is going on in this world outside of your little bubble, mskrd you completely ignorant. There are Soldiers fighting and dying for your freedom to not care about what is going on. Maybe you should care a little more about this world that you are occupying. Your child could benefit from someone who is a little bit more educated. I am not offended by Jennifer Aniston's choice of words, and I certainly believe in the first amendment and the freedom of speech!

      August 20, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  727. Tardo

    at least she didnt slap her chest with her hand sideways like a real retard

    August 20, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  728. rivirivi

    So when I sometimes behave like an idiot and say it, whom do I offend? Chavez, AhMadInAJihad, Hitler, Idi Amin, Osassma, Bush, Come ON, Bring it!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  729. mp

    whatever! retarded used to be acceptable. mentally retarded. got it? look up the meaning of the word retard. one day intellectually challenged will be horrible to everyone. we better keep those dictionaries handy so we can keep coming up with new words and phrases for everything. i personally still say, secretary, steward or stewardess. what is so wrong with those words anyway? who decides? i hate it that i can't use the word "gay" anymore when i want to imply lighthearted or happy.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  730. Rob F

    People that make a big deal out of this type of thing are retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  731. juan bobo

    In my fifth grade music class – yes I'm old enough to remember when art and music were taught in school- we were singing at the wrong tempo, and the teacher exclaimed, "RETARD RETARD". You can imagine how room full of fifth graders responded, but we all learned that "retard" is a verb that means to slow down. I hate when words are demonized because of people misusing them,

    August 20, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  732. Linda Shanley

    I would like some one to tell me where i can purchase a book telling me what words I can and can not say. Is there a list perhaps. This is getting to be ridiculous, people are to sensitive. What ever happened to "Sticks and Stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me." We must all get a grip people. Chill out!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  733. Why am I bothering?

    If your child was disabled, perhaps you would be offended by the use of this word. And yes, it is comparable to the N word. And yes, Jennifer Aniston has the burden of social responsibility. And yes, there are more important things to worry about. And yes, some of you people are funny, but most are not. And yes, my child is disabled and YES the word retard can be used in jest, but when directed at my child there is a problem. Parents or loved ones that have loved ones with a mental disability absolutely have every right to be offended at the use of this word as a put down. So you blessed folks who have carefree lives with no burden of "retards" need not to weigh in on this, it does not concern you.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • coyote1976

      i totally agree with u the ones who dont have handicap children should not be even throwing comments because they dont know what its like i have 2 handicap children and its hell hearing peoples comments and snide remarks that word is totally disrespectful.

      August 20, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Markymark

      You say that if I do not have a child or other relative with a mental disability, that this doesn't concern me. You are wrong, it does concern me. It concerns me because you are telling me what I can or can not say to express myself. Unless I am making a comment to a person with a mental disability, my comment is not an insult to that person. The words "stupid and dumb" also used to be used to discribe a person with a learning disability. If I called a person with a mental disability stupid or dumb, it would certainly be an insult, but used otherwise, does not demean that person. Those who are offended are those, who like yourself, have a child or other family member with a mental disability. Why are you offended? Their disability is not your fault, so you should not be offended. Get over it!

      August 20, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  734. mejazzbo

    It is getting so people simply shouldn't speak at all. No matter what someone says, someone will complain. There seems to be no tolerance, but maximum judgement these days. This application isn't sensitivity.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  735. Michael Andrews

    I HAVE USED THE WORD RETARD MANY TIMES, WEATHER ITS REFERING TO ME OR ANYONE ELSE!!! WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL OUT OF THIS? WHY ARE PEOPLE SO SICK AND ALWAYS CRITIQUE OTHERS!!! PAY ATTENTION TO OTHER MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS WORLD!!!! CHEEEZZEEE!!! I LOVE JENNIFER ANISTON!!!! AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!!! I WILL SAY THE WORD RETARD WHICH PERTAINS TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  736. Alicia

    I think that people really do have too much time on their hands that they are sitting and listening to everything that every famous person has to say...sometimes I think it all plays into being so jealous that they have to find something. Just get over it...this is offensive to you but what do you say that might be offensive to someone else?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  737. John Smith

    She should have said that she likes to play dress up, like a special needs person. That would have been much better.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  738. megrcam51

    Sarah Palin had better keep her mouth shut on this one considering how she jumped to Dr. Laura's defense - unless she reveals herself as the hypocrite we all know she is!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  739. ntfromok

    It's stories like this that cause me to realize why half of the teenagers and young adults in this country are monumentally sensitive about everything. Every phrase that comes out of anyone's mouth is picked apart and analyzed to ensure that any political incorrectness is brought to the forefront. Then the person that said it is chastised and forced to give a rediculous public apology. Eventualy, we will be so hyper sensative that any country that wishes to attack us will only have to use "harsh" words as a scare tactic and we will just cower in the corner. I can see the headlines now.."North Korean leader calls Obama a poopoo head. US surrenders." I know thats a little overboard. But, i think my point has been made.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  740. Larry

    People get a grip. No one's first amendment rights are being trampled upon. Last I read it did not state that you could say what you want and there are no consequences. Whether it's the N-Word, R-Word, Fire, Yo mama, say it in the wrong place.. Get smacked. slapped, thrown in jail or ignored. Freedom has a price.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  741. brad

    What's really sad it that "they" will probably let this slip just because Aniston is a well-liked, good person, that didn't mean to offend the people that get their undies in a bunch about the "r-word". Each and every person of status needs to be taken to the shed for the slightest offense. That way everyone can be losers like people that write comments about Jennifer Aniston stories.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  742. Willis

    I think that it makes sense to give Anniston a break, here... but I also think the use of the word "retard" should be something that we all try harder to avoid. There IS a stigma to the word, obviously, and the word is an abbreviation of "mental retardation." Calling someone a "retard" often comes along with a sneering tone, and it's pretty obvious that it is meant as a putdown, not just a scientific classification. The meaning that is really communicated is something like "incapable, unintelligent, weird." So the arguments that it is "just a term" don't really hold water, and it is hurtful to the folks who actually have MR, and their families (and friends). Another term that's like this is "schizo," which adds to the stigma of people with schizophrenia.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  743. missnv

    PC.... My goodness people get over it. The "R" Word has been used for years to mean goofy, silly, etc. It seems to me like everyone is searching for something to complain and whine about. I have family with down syndrome, and we certainly don't call them retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  744. Chris

    Who is she afraid of offending, the retards?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  745. jackson

    Well, let's sit back and what Hypocrite Palin go from defending Dr. Laura's right to free speech one day to denying Jen her right to free speech today. Just watch. It will happen.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  746. Jim in Atl

    Honestly, it has only been in recent history that 'retard' has been associated with the Special Olympics or actually meaning anything derogatory. I rest assured no malice was meant when it was used by Ms. Aniston.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  747. Mike Papadopoulos

    Why is everyone ignoring the 3000 lb elephant in the room. The most offensive part was the fact that she called an older person a retard on national TV! That is the most disrespectful thing I've ever heard. You should respect those that are older than you! I think what Obama said about the Special Olympics was way more offensive to people with special needs, than what she said.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  748. Jason

    The funny thing is I can type retard all I want (retard, retard, retard, retard, retard) and CNN doesn't screen it out. But if I type ni99er the comment doesn't get posted. Come on. They are words.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  749. JTEX

    The difference in retard and the N word is that retard has an actual use. You can slow something down or decrease it (retard it). Example.....Retard the throttle, retard a chemical reaction, etc.....

    Get over it people.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  750. Rick From NH

    The time for PC is over. I think most of us are done with it. I agree the N word should be shelved forever, but RETARD, and other harmless phrases are just too commonly and innocently used. Enough already, I will use it whenever and wherever I please. What are you going to do ARREST ME? Don't be a Retard....

    August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  751. SteveR

    Has she checked to see if her manager/agent is not a retard. Have you seen her movies over the last decade? Girl Next Door isn't mature, how shocking

    August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  752. Masonree

    This article is retarded

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  753. joe

    This is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  754. mike

    retard retard retard..... There is a big difference between retard and the N-word. I had to read the article to find out just what R-word these idiots meant.... Opps... I'm in real trouble, not only did I use the R-word I also used the I-word... How stupid can I, opps there is the S-word. I just better shut up.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  755. Markymark

    How long has the word "Retarded" been around? Just because someone decided that term is no longer "Politically Correct", we are supposed to erase our memory banks so that that word does not exist anymore. I used to be a mechanic and if your timing was behind, it was "retarded". Do we now have to change that term because it may be related to the word that was used to describe a persons learning ability (which was behind the norm)? I think it would be cruel to call a person who is mentally challenged a retard, but to remove it from our vocabulary altogether is rediculous. What is the next word that some idiot will find offensive? Maybe the word "Idiot" That can have a negative conotation in discribing a person who is mentally challenged. When I was a kid, I learned a saying that is very true. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me".

    August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  756. nobody

    Whoever felt this was news is a retard.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  757. hank

    Hey, what do you expect she's an actress...

    August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  758. Clifford Toms

    Retard! Retard! Retard! Say it loud. Say it Proud! It's a word! Stop trying to ban words! Growing up 15 years ago during the Clinton era it was called Mental Retard or Retard. Anyone you makes a slip up or is slow to come up with an easy answer or was just born with a slow brain is retarded. Who are you people?!? The people who are making the issue that Aniston said something wrong have the mental problemms

    August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  759. David

    Retard Please!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  760. McCluhan

    People that are offended by the R-word can't describe themselves with the S-word! Plus, people who are the R-word don't understand what the R-word means anyway! So is anyone really offended or trying to get attention?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  761. BobbyC

    I don't know why we hold entertainers to some higher standard when it comes to what they say or what they believe. I care as much about this as I care about Susan Sarandon's view on Obama or Britney Spears opinion on Justin Beiber.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  762. Yuliqmahbaht

    Yep! I think it's retarded that people are labeled as 'insensitive' when they utter mere words like... retarded or n*gger. Get over it. Sure, they're disrespectful, but regardless – they're words. It's part of the American culture.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  763. Average Person

    I thought mentally handicapped people weren't supposed to be referred to as "retarded" anyway, at least that's how it's been embedded in my head. To me, they are mentally challenged or cognitively impaired – something much more technical. So why are people getting so upset when the word "retard" is used to describe an idiot? You can't say "don't call them retards" on one hand and then on the other hand say "you said 'retard' – that's really offensive to them." Talk about hippocritical nonsense!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  764. oakhill

    You know we have serious issues when political correctness has gotten to the point that something like this is even considered newsworthy. . . . . .

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  765. Retard-O

    This whole 'article' is RETARDED!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  766. tucker

    I find it very offensive that people now days are so sensitive

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  767. Isabella

    Good grief.....................it's getting to the point in this society we are using "letters" instead of words????? It's to the point ya can't say anything for fear of offending someone! As bad as it may sound, we're always gonna offend someone.......and most times it's not done on purpose! We have used these words down thru history and now out of the blue EVERYONE is supposed to change their vocabulary? I'm afraid that's not gonna happen. We need to just quit worrying about always offending someone. No wonder everyone is a bundle of nerves, we're always afraid of getting accused of being racist or offending someone!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  768. Gerard

    This whole issue is retarded.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  769. Robert W.

    I understand the concern but it's getting crazy out there. This reminds me of the time Johnny Fever said "booger".

    August 20, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  770. Guitarz

    It's really pathetic when people go LOOKING for reasons to be offended just to get attention, which is what this is all about. These retards need to get a life!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  771. Millie Bea

    Eveything in this country, every breath that everyone takes is dissected and ripped apart because of a 24/7, 365 media with thousands of outlets who are all trying to get an edge so they will file reports on anything, and everything with no real journalism. Why does 20 percent of the population think the President is a Muslim? Because the media told them that- and for all intents and purposes, continues to- because they will interview any nut case out there- OOO- I said nut case, I have just insulted nut cases, I mean mentally altered, I mean mentally challenged. I think the term handicapped is far more noble that "handi-capable", or "physically challenged". We are turning ourselves into neurotic, bland, supercillious, super-sensitive blobs who cannot tell left from right- or serious from casual. The media will treat this like Jennifer Aniston shot the Pope. Because they have nothing of importance to say- and they know because our people have become so dim-witted, that if they only report serious, important things, they will lose viewership. I would love for Anderson Cooper, or Brian Williams and the more respectable journalists ( including those in print) to say,I will no longer support the reporting of innuendo, un-fact-checked asides and rumor: further, I will write my copy in as unbiased a way as possible, only to report the facts, all of them, for the reader to determine how they feel about the story.
    I would pay to see that.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  772. Elle

    Hello! The people who are advocates for the mentally challenged DIDN'T WANT THE WORD, so let us have it. It is a legitimate word, found in the dictionary, described as "to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede." If Jennifer thinks her "playing dress up for a living" retards, hinders or impedes, her in some fashion, then so be it.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  773. Sargon

    So, JA's comment makes no sense, and is undoubtedly a stupid one, but it's trumped by the infantile response of "The R-Word". Seriously!? Words are meant to convey meaning, and contractions and shorthand do that just as well. When you say, "N-Word", it's the samed damn thing. Parsing language misses the point that you shouldn't be communicating the sentiment in the first place, and replaces it with, "words have magic powers". They don't. Retard is an insult, and if you replace that a sarcastic, "Special person" it's the SAME insult! I also find it ridiculous that Retarded can in any way be conflated with the history of the N-word (I'm white, so no, I'm not saying it) which is still charged enough to make people cringe. What I understand people to find offensive, is that self-deprication is achieved by comparing yourself to mentally handicapped people; THAT is the insult, not the damned word. People are so stupid it makes my skull ache.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  774. RMS

    Can't people find something more important to become offended by than a silly slang word that has been used in school yards for decades. Now if she had used the term in reference to a special needs individual – that might be something to raise a few eyebrows.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  775. Retard

    Depending on HOW she said 'retard', she may have been mocking the guy in 'The Hangover'... which was pretty funny.

    Get over it people.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  776. Jerry

    The word "retard" is of Italian origin and originally was used in a musical context. You find it regularly in many classical musical works and scores, and it's meaning is "to be slower in tempo". Are we going to take every musical score ever written and redact this word from each one? This is so silly.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  777. Dennis

    Our society is becoming WAY too sensitive and politcally correct. No one likes to see anyone with disabilities, but by bashing someone who uses the word "retard" to mock themselves is ridiculous. Pretty soon we won't be able to use the term "chrome dome" when referring to a bald guy (which I am) or "four eyes" to someone with glasses. It's just words, people. Is this really "news"?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  778. Mike Mitchell

    Yes it may of been a slip up and it may seem like people are cracking down on every little word being PC and all, but if you have a speical needs relative or friend, you can see the sadness in their eyes when someone makes fun of them, and saying retarded in such a way is making fun of them. This is one case where I agree with the backlash.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • missnv

      Who was making fun of them????? It's not as if she said she was acting like a disabled person. Please. I too have family members who have down syndrome, but this is way out of hand. It is a word people have been using for years to mean goofed etc.
      re·tard 1 (r-tärd)
      v. re·tard·ed, re·tard·ing, re·tards
      v.tr.
      To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede.
      v.intr.
      To be delayed.
      n.
      1. A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay.
      2. Music A slackening of tempo.
      [Middle English retarden, from Old French retarder, from Latin retardre : re-, re- + tardre, to delay (from tardus, slow).]
      re·tarder n.
      re·tard 2 (rtärd)
      n. Offensive Slang
      1. Used as a disparaging term for a mentally retarded person.
      2. A person considered to be foolish or socially inept.

      She certainly wasn't using at as a disparaging term for mentally retarded person.

      August 20, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  779. Matt

    I work with retards...

    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  780. Tom

    With all these alphabet type words that we are afraid to say...the N word, the R word, the B word....we'll soon end up not speaking at all. This is all so silly!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  781. Lebron

    When I was a kid, I often heard the saying, "sticks and stones could break my bones but words can never hurt me". We have gotten way too ridiculous with this political correctness. People need to grow a thicker skin and brush those things aside. If they are easily hurt or offended by the use of a word, how can they survive the challenges and struggles of life?

    Also, retarded vs. "Intellectually Challenged". How is that any better? Say I tell an acquaintance, "You are intellectually challenged." How is that different than saying, "You are retarded"? You are belittling the person in both cases.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  782. Mistaken

    When I saw the headline, I assumed "R-word" meant "Republican." Ha, an honest mistake :-)

    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  783. Babs McGee

    It's completely retarded that this is even an issue. I mean, how ga

    August 20, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  784. Jay

    Context matters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  785. labazro

    I agree it is an offensive word. I can see why it is hurtful. If you care about certain people's feelings than use one of the thousand other words that can be used synonymously. My wife has called me on it when I've let it slip out. I try not to use it. But this no where near the stratsophere of Dr. Laura's use in terms of maliciiousness and intent. So, I say, good point, don't use the word....and done.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • nonfictionally

      First you say it is about context, and then you miss that Dr. Laura's use of an offensive word was in the context of describing how that word is used by some black comedians, etc.? Huh? Dr. Laura wasn't using the "word" in a derogatory way. She was pointing out that it exists and is in use by blacks.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  786. dick clark

    When I saw the headline I thought the R-word was going to be Republican.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  787. deuce

    I think it's high time that the mentally challenged community take the word "retard" back!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  788. Bill

    Why is the R word acceptable and ni**er, sp*c, w*p, and j*p are so offensive that their utterance can get you fired. It's the double standard that is so annoying. I agree we should all lighten up, but let's lighten up on everything.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  789. Tim

    "..influential to society.." ? There is something seriously wrong with a country that allows actors to be influential to its society. Ms Anniston is an actress. Not a member of Congress, the clergy, or a false journalist.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  790. Nichole

    From the dictionary: Retard – a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance. She is talking about acting like a child as an adult... playing dress up. People over analyze everything these days, it's ridiculous!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  791. John

    Can we still say "Dork?" I too am from the over 40 group that used the work as a tag for goofy people. Don't say it so much anymore – hope if it slips I'm not crucified.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  792. Ashley

    Good grief, give the woman a break! She's only human!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |