Take it from Glee's Sue Sylvester: "Retard" Is Not Acceptable

We let Iz and Mali stay up late to watch the Glee season finale last night. They thought it was a special treat, but thanks to our agent Ellen at Love That Max, I had a secret agenda. I wanted my girls to see the in-your-face End the R-Word PSA that aired during the episode's second half. If you haven't seen the PSA, go on, watch it. I'll wait.

When it was over, Iz (12) jumped up and shouted "Oh thank GOD!" She is weary of being the kid at school who protests and gets smacked down when her classmates toss "retard" and "gay" at each other. Those kids may argue with her, but who's going to argue with Sue Sylvester? No one, I tell you. Iz was elated.

Mali (6) considered the PSA a lesson like any other, because this was her first exposure to the PSA's racial slurs, and epithets. I appreciate her being told as straightforwardly as possible by those  maligned that the words she heard were not acceptable. I wish a PSA like this had been around when we all were six!

(Leo was already asleep. Soundly. While the world -- hopefully -- changed a little bit for the better, and accepted him a little more.)

The PSA's summary: Not Acceptable "is a powerful and compelling 30 second television PSA which gives voice to a variety of diverse communities each of whom expresses that it is not acceptable to call them by what were once common words, but are now recognized as offensive slurs. It culminates in actress and self-advocate Lauren Potter from "Glee" stating that it is not acceptable to use the word 'retard' and she and "Glee" co-star Jane Lynch make a call to action to stop using the word and to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to make their pledge online at http://r-word.org."


  1. WOOT WOOT! I watch Glee via itunes, not live on teevee, so I didn't see this. It seems as though this (and "For Good") were really the only worthwhile things about that episode.
    Seriously, fantastic PSA. And I love Iz's reaction. (I was also that girl, and I wish Sue had been around then!)

  2. Anonymous3:39 PM

    Since you did put respectful disagreement encouraged...

    Definition of Retarded (Webster's dictionary): slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress.

    Just saying.

  3. Aaaaaand I recommend watching the PSA again.

  4. Hoo boy.
    Aaaaaaaand I'm going to add that there is a RATHER LARGE difference in using retarded in a clinical setting and using retard as a synonym for stupid, etc.

  5. Hard to take something seriously from a show that condones its actresses, who are overage but play underage girls, dressing like underage girls in soft porn poses for men's magazines. Sexual exploitation of women of any age should be NOT ACCEPTABLE but especially when that sexual exploitation purposefully plays to pedophiles.


Respectful disagreement encouraged.

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