THAT word

Today, in internet land I posted a comment on a FB page stating that I would NOT join the “let’s all get behind Papa John’s pizza” deal and “boost the economy” by buying said pizza
My reason, I stated, was:
I refuse to support a company that claims Obama is making it hard for them to make any money at all therefore cannot give their employees proper benefits, BUT they can afford to give away two million pizzas.

I thought it was pretty sound reasoning.
And it is documented all over the interwebs.
AND…well, I stated it nicely with no name calling.

THIS was posted after it:
Give away pizza? Are u a retard? Another liberal who doesn’t understand.

yeah.
THAT word.

I asked the person, very nicely to consider the use of this pejorative, as name calling is not productive.

His response?

Tina I don’t care what you want and you can take that to the bank. Retard is a word in a dictionary and was the acceptable term until libs decided it wasn’t.

Oh so compassionate and clever, don’t you think?

While I DO understand that this word is INDEED in the dictionary, it should be used in a way so that it is a VERB

Take note that is is NOT used as a noun until #4

4.Slang: Disparaging .

a.a mentally retarded  person.
b.a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
I do not identify myself as a liberal or “lib” as this internet troll claims.
I do not usually identify myself as any one thing-
except, perhaps ,compassionate.
I do not think “libs” ruined the use of this word.
I think this word is used as a last bastion of those without an argument.
And……while Jackson may not care about the use of this word, I do.
He may be developmentally delayed
He may be brained damaged.
He may even BE “retarded”But I can guarantee you that he has a kinder heart than the person who insulted me today using that word.

And to paraphrase the troll….
I’ll take THAT to the bank.

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4 thoughts on “THAT word

  1. Amen Tina! Stay strong….narrow minded 5 year old’s who cannot even entertain that others have feelings. Just think they will die and leave this planet for good one day without ever learning empathy and seeing how wonderful the world can be if we all just were a little nicer to each other.

  2. Indeed. Even if the word WAS a noun before a group of people spoke out against its offensiveness, it would STILL be very arrogant of that guy to say that anyone is too sensitive when they say they are offended by any label. Labeling is taking the least common quality of an individual and declaring it to be wrong for being less common. It’s very sad that that dude on the internet doesn’t understand why that hurts people or care whether he hurts anyone with his remarks.

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