When Is It OK to Use the R-Word?

When Is It OK to Use the R-Word?

"I didn't mean it like that."

If you've ever called somebody out for casually using an offensive term, you've likely heard this response. The R-word — "retarded" — is a prime example of this. This term has seeped into everyday language as a synonym for "stupid" or "broken" at the expense of the dignity and respect of those with developmental disabilities. But is it ever OK to use the R-word? 

On the latest episode of Mic's video series Flip the Script, Liz Plank visits her friend Paul and his mom to find out.

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Julie Zeilinger

Julie Zeilinger is a staff writer at Mic as well as the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog partnered with the Women’s Media Center. She is also the author of "A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word" and "College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year."

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