EXCLUSIVE! Uh-Oh, Jennifer Aniston — You're In Trouble With The Special Olympics For Calling Yourself A Retard!

Thu, August 19, 2010 4:06pm EDT by 29 Comments
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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!

Jennifer Aniston, you need to watch your mouth! After hearing that you used the word “retard” on Regis & Kelly this morning, the Special Olympics powers-that-be are NOT happy!

“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.

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Lisa

Posted at 5:42 PM on August 21, 2010  

Are we really surprised she used the “R” word? It’s true Jennifer never speaks eloquently. She always “ums & pauses in her sentences. Like her movies she is a bore to listen to. She’s not very articulate & it shows. Unlike Angie, the UN will never recruit Jennifer. Most of Jen’s interviews are choppy at best, she just doesn’t use dialogue very well. Maybe she’s high from all that pot she smokes. Yeah We Know Jen!

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kitty

Posted at 12:32 PM on August 21, 2010  

whatever, so she said retard….who the hell cares…she’s so cool!

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Human Being

Posted at 12:39 AM on August 22, 2010  

I’m guessing some of the people who “care” are the Down Syndrome children who are helped by the Lili Claire Foundation, the organization that just happens to have Aniston on their Honorary Board. Just a shot in the dark here, but I’m guessing the mothers of special needs children who have started an EMAIL CAMPAIGN to get Lili Claire to REMOVE HER DUMB A$$ might also care a just a wee bit. Apparently, not everyone is as obtuse as you.

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Kara

Posted at 10:53 PM on August 20, 2010  

What 41 yr old talks like her? She speaks like a teenager. Half the time she makes no sense at all. Disabled don’t play dress up. What is her point? She has to be one of the stupidest actors out there. Is she related to Jessica Simpson? They both look like sisters.

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lolo

Posted at 1:22 PM on August 20, 2010  

I bet The Special Olympics didn’t even see the show,some trouble maker is just looking for 5 min fame. Thank about it!!!

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Human Being

Posted at 12:47 AM on August 22, 2010  

Yes, because it would be that “troubmaker’s” fault rather than the fault of the 41-year old idiot who SAID “RETARD” on national tv, right? Heaven forbid a middle aged woman should be held responible for her own actions.

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Hedonist

Posted at 12:59 PM on August 20, 2010  

Well said “Festie”. I agree with your very colorful comment completely. Just like you I’m a Racist Bigot too but unfortunately for you and I the United States and the rest of the world will gradually progress beyond Racist vile and Bigotry while our spiritual progress (yours and mine) remain stumped forever. Sensitivity to Humanity is not something you and I will ever comprehend.

And “Festie” isn’t it a glorious shame that our Racist comments says more about us (you and I) than about the Group or Persons we are trying to put down?

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gene

Posted at 7:58 AM on August 20, 2010  

RETARD!

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concerned

Posted at 2:18 AM on August 20, 2010  

Talking about dehumanizing people, that is exactly what the government and the corporate media have been doing to everyone since 1948, which is partly what the book 1984 is about. As Alex Jones says “The answer to 1984 is 1776″, which as EVERY good US citizen should know is the year the U.S. revolution really got heated.

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concerned

Posted at 2:24 AM on August 20, 2010  

Also if you haven’t heard about our population being deliberately dehumanized then you people need to start researching, because that is just one of the steps to SLAVERY!!! I suggest watch the documentaries made by Alex Jones… “The Obama Deception”, “Fall of the Republic”, “Police State 4″ and many more you can WATCH FOR FREE ON YOUTUBE

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Bravo

Posted at 11:41 PM on August 19, 2010  

Well said.

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Good Man

Posted at 11:10 PM on August 19, 2010  

Well, no one has criticized EVERYONE ELSE. EVERYONE ELSE INCLUDING THE SHOW HOSTS WERE LAUGHING IMMEDIATELY UPON HEARING THE STATEMENT.

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Doc

Posted at 10:59 PM on August 19, 2010  

Bonnie has it right. i agree with her comments.
Why are people so easily offended? Why does every conversation have to be analyzed to see if you can create a news story out of it? The R-Word? Give me a break. Do you have a dictionary of all the *-Words? What’s the Z-word? or the V-word? Give people some grace.
Let’s take the conversation in context rather than make it something it isn’t.

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Dose Of Realism

Posted at 10:52 PM on August 19, 2010  

Oh please, get over the disappointment of Jennifer for using the word retard (oops I’m sorry we are calling it the “R” word now?). This PC crap will be our demise. How about being disappointed in Obama for referring to his bowling ability as “special Olympics” on the Leno show. People throw around the retard (oops, the “R” word) word all the time and are not making references to the special Olympic kids, and nobody even makes this correlation. But when someone comes right out and describes their poor skill as “special Olympics”, then I think there is a very legitimate gripe. Jennifer is in the clear and your President is clearly a bumbling inconsiderate fool.

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pkz

Posted at 10:30 PM on August 19, 2010  

Someone needs to sit this 41 year old woman down and tell her that if she wants women to see her movies she shouldn’t be so immature and insensitive. No the “r” word isn’t as bad as other things people say but for those people who have a mentally disabled person in their life the last thing they need to hear is a movie star using these terms.

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gene

Posted at 7:54 AM on August 20, 2010  

Should I be offended because my Dr. calles me a diabetic? Maybe my Father should have been offended because he was blind or did he have vision impairment? RETARD is used all the time. Look it up!People like YOU make it a bad thing! GROW UP11

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friend

Posted at 4:42 PM on August 20, 2010  

No gene, people using “retard” in a way to demean and dehumanize people is what makes it a bad thing. How about if she’d drop the N-word on tv? Would that have offended you?

 
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Bonnie

Posted at 10:10 PM on August 19, 2010  

All this “political correctness” is going to be our downfall. If she can’t even say a word to describe her frame of mind at the time, pretty sad.

No one attributed the use of the word “retard” to anyone affiliated with or someone who participates in the Special Olympics until the Special Olympics got all sensitive.

Being physically or mentally challenged doesn’t mean a person is retarded. Doing something you think is dumb is retarded.

If people would stop taking offense at every little comment, this would would be a happier place. Making mountains out of molehills is retarded.

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Miss Kat

Posted at 10:36 PM on August 19, 2010  

LOVE IT!

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Booyaa

Posted at 9:32 PM on August 19, 2010  

That Jennifer Aniston. What a retard!

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kitty

Posted at 12:33 PM on August 21, 2010  

you sure she wasn’t referring to Ang?

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fghadazg

Posted at 9:28 PM on August 19, 2010  

“Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a person with intellectual disabilities!”

better?

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barb

Posted at 8:46 PM on August 19, 2010  

First her comments about children not needing fathers and now this word. Not good for Jennifer Aniston.

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Miss Kat

Posted at 10:37 PM on August 19, 2010  

Children don’t NEED fathers. OR mothers. I’m living proof of that. And so are MILLIONS of other people.

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Zulette

Posted at 8:37 PM on August 19, 2010  

Why does anyone think she is smart? She looks and acts like a spoiled, well we can’t say it. Stop being so impressed with her.

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lolo

Posted at 6:29 PM on August 19, 2010  

Angelina is that you commenting? Talk about being DUMB you take the cake.lolol

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dvalery

Posted at 6:20 PM on August 19, 2010  

I saw the interview and changed channel half way through it embarassed for JA, since Brad Pitt dumped her something have happened to her brain.

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jared

Posted at 6:10 PM on August 19, 2010  

She’s as dumb as a box of rocks. She sounds even worse than some teenagers. When will this middle-aged has-been just go away!

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Sheri

Posted at 10:24 PM on August 21, 2010  

Hey Jared and Festie, take the words right out of my mouth!
IMHO she is ulgy as a mud fence. Have you ever seen the pics of her before she got a nose job? I think she needs a lobotomy too. Maybe her Daddy was a SPERM donor..I’ve always known she was a Moron…
She didn’t want to have kids with Brad Pitt because she didn’t want to mess up that body. Good thing she didn’t, She might have had a Retard!!

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