The Special Olympics folks are VERY disappointed that a celebrity with Jen’s influence would use the word ‘retard’ on national television like she did this morning on Regis & Kelly!
“Special Olympics is always disappointed when the R-word is used, especially by someone who is influential to society. The pervasive use of the R-word, even in an off the cuff self-deprecating manner, dehumanizes people with intellectual disabilities and perpetuates painful stereotypes that are a great source of suffering and negative stigma,” Kirsten Suto Seckler, Vice President of Branding & Communications at Special Olympics tells HollywoodLife.com. ” We hope everyone will take our pledge to stop using the R-word and promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities at http://www.r-word.org.”
The 41-year-old actress probably didn’t know she would cause such controversy while innocently discussing her Barbra Streisand Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot with host Regis Philbin August 19. “You’re playing dress up!” Regis said, to which The Switch star replied, “Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!”
“Not cool”, Jen.