At this point, political pundit and all-around asshat Ann Coulter is picking up where the Westboro Baptist Church has left off. When people are ready to stop paying attention to her, she will say and do anything to get back in the limelight.
The majority of news outlets declared Barack Obama the winner of the third and final Presidential debate last Monday and apparently that didn't sit well with Ann. "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard," she tweeted. The Special Olympics blasted her use of the word and several other celebrities echoed that sentiment.
The Tweet particularly angered celebrities who have direct experience with disabilities, including former co-host of The Talk Holly Robinson Peete, who has a son with autism, and Glee star Lauren Potter, who has down syndrome.
Holly Robinson Peete: "As a mom of a son with autism the words Retard or retarded are like nails on a chalkboard. A lot of people say it benignly esp kids...So when a grown woman deliberately uses it publicly over and over you just have to wonder if there is a chip missing ya know?"
Lauren Potter: "Thank you to everyone who has taken a stand against the R word tonight!"
Sophia Bush: "@AnnCoulter You disgust me. That man is the president of this country. (& I'm sure all of the disabled children in America appreciate you.)"
Patton Oswalt: "If Ann Coulter's calling the President a 'retard' it means he won/is going to win. She's our un-pettable Punxsutawney Phil."
Marlee Matlin: "Despite our differences, it's NOT ok to use the "R" word. Consider millions of developmentally challenged Americans. It's just UNBELIEVABLE."
Michelle Branch: "I don't care who you are. The "R" word is so absolutely disgusting."
Whatever your political beliefs are, we should all be on the same page that belittling the special needs community is simply not okay. Let's hope it hits Ann where it hurts her most (because she clearly lacks human emotion): book sales and speaking engagements.
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