Thursday, January 31, 2013
Must not mention that some people are mentally retarded
A more sophisticated person might have called the team "challenged". It would be fun seeing what reaction that got. "Challenged" is PC at the moment but if it became widely used, it too would probably get get criticized. "Retarded" was once PC too. It substituted for "stupid", "dumb", "imbecile" etc. It still is used that way on occasions -- if you are allowed to mention the subject at all
Former England rugby star and Sky Sports commentator Stuart Barnes has been slammed for accusing England of playing like “retards”.
Barnes, 51, was taking part in a “round table” preview of the Six Nations tournament alongside ex-players Jeremy Guscott, Lawrence Dallaglio and Sean Fitzpatrick, when he made the insensitive remark.
He said of England in the Sunday Times piece: “I hate to say it but I utterly agree with Jerry (Guscott): since 2003, we’ve been retards at the breakdown.”
The chief executive of the London Centre For Children With Cerebral Palsy yesterday criticised Barnes’ “offensive” language.
Marc Crank said: “It’s very unfortunate. Barnes is young enough to know that retard is an offensive term. "It really isn’t appropriate to use and I think it sends out the wrong message.
“If you’re in your 80s, you can be a little more tolerant of this while not actually approving of it. But there’s no excuse here.