Take the PLEDGE!!

August 13, 2008 Kyron 2 Comments

I saw Good Morning America this morning. I damn near lost my breakfast. I had to clean up the coffee I spit out. Ben Stiller said on NATIONAL TELEVISION that the people organizing protests (and I’m paraphrasing here) were raising a stink about stuff they had “heard” about the movie but had not seen it. Uh HELLO?!?!? Screening that your distributing studio arranged for numerous representatives of disability groups?? His argument that they are just “making fun” of the actors who “play disabled characters to earn awards” is completely disingenuous as well.  The argument we should have protested about Forrest Gump and Rain Man is as well. Both of those movies showed the worth of the individual with disabilities as well as the learning process those around them went through to gain acceptance for them and the positive force of love in maximizing their potential. Did I miss something???

Never mind – I agree with many who say this needs to be made a teaching moment and was thrilled to receive an email this morning with the following site being highlighted:

The R-Word – A Special Olympics Initiative

As the site itself says

Our choice of language frames how we think about others. It is time to ACT NOW and pledge your support to eliminate the demeaning use of the r-word.

Please take a moment to go over to the site and make your pledge and spread the word.

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  1. Mike Hoitsma says:


    I saw you site on your Facebook. I can fully understnand exactly how you feel.I have a 9 year old son who has Autism and he is the sweetest most wonderful child you could ever meet. When I hear ignorant people say retard, or look at him as if her were a spoiled brat, I just want to scream.I love your site, and put it under my favorites keep up the good work and have a Happy New Year.

    – Mike

  2. mikayla says:

    i know how you feel because i have a 7 yr. old sis. and she has downs and i hate when people laugh and make fun of her or call her a retard!!!

    - Mikayla

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