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7 things people with disabilities are really tired of hearing

1. That’s just retarded.

The Black Eyed Peas’ hit song, otherwise known as “Let’s Get It Started” was originally recorded and released as “Let’s Get Retarded.” 

The main issue, which the band has yet to publicly address, lies in the fact that mental retardation is no laughing matter. In fact, the term itself isn’t used as much anymore given how “retarded” has been perceived and appropriated by popular culture. Today, many cognitive and intellectual issues of ability described as a “developmental delay,” an “intellectual disability” or more specifically as part of an “autism spectrum.”

Whatever Fergie croons, whether it be a fun night on the town with or without alcohol, should never be equated to someone else’s daily struggle.


4. ”My love for you is bipolar.”

Via: Capitol Music via YouTube

"Someone call the doctor; got a case of love bipolar."

If you listen carefully to the words of Katy Perry’s 2008 hit “Hot N Cold,” there’s a actually a rather ableist comparison between a mental illness filled with bouts of depression, mood swings and manic behavior and the instance of a man’s on-again, off-again commitment to his romantic partner. 

Bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million Americans in a given year, according to the National Institutes of Health. And even though it’s a documented mental health issue, some still use the potentially debilitating condition as a clever punchline. Bipolar disorder recently has functioned as part of Hollywood plots, including Homeland and Silver Linings Playbook.

Writing for The Fix, Nic Sheff said bipolar disorder wasn’t so trendy when he was diagnosed some years back.

"The bipolar character played by Claire Danes in Homeland, on the other hand, always seems to be a crying, bug-eyed, chin-quivering mess—someone who’s constantly freaking out, screaming, ranting or drinking white wine in a bath listening to jazz with candles all around,” he said. ”When I was watching the show with my wife, she kept jokingly asking things like, ‘Is that what you’re going to act like?’ … But the truth is, at least for me, if I stay on my medication, I really won’t act like that.”

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h/t: Giles Goat Boy at Daily Kos 

Oklahoma restaurant won’t serve ‘freaks,’ ‘f*ggots,’ the disabled and welfare recipients (via Raw Story )

A restaurant outside of Oklahoma City is facing criticism after its outspoken owner made a series of inflammatory comments after one of his former customers, who is disabled, complained that he’d been banned from the establishment. Matt Gard claims…

- Gary James, the owner of Gary’s Chicaros in Enid, Oklahoma, is a well-known right-wing extremist, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, sexist, elitist, anti-Democratic Party, and ableist moron. He’s today’s worst person in the world! His restaurant should be boycotted and/or closed down!

h/t: Sy Mukherjee at think-progress economy.

Fox Business host: Social Security Disability turns men into ‘modern-day eunuchs’ (via Raw Story )

Fox Business host Charles Payne recently told a group of conservatives that Social Security Disability Insurance was turning American men into “modern-day eunuchs.” Speaking to David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend 2013 last week, Payne opined…


A letter filled with hateful language that was sent to a family with an autistic child has shocked an entire community.

Karla Begley, an Ontario resident whose son Max suffers from severe autism, told CityNews she can’t imagine who would write such horrible things about her 13-year-old.

Signed “one pissed off mother” with several exclamation points, the letter blasts Begley for allowing Max to play outside.

"That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!!" the anonymous neighbor writes. "It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!"

It gets much worse: After suggesting Begley take Max to the park “when you feel your idiot kid needs fresh air,” the belligerent busybody goes on to attack Max and his mom with increasingly malicious insults.

He is a hindrance to everyone and will always be that way!!!!! Who the hell is going to care for him?????? No employer will hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him and you are not going to live forever!! Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!!! You had a retarded kid, deal with it…properly!!!!! What right do you have to do this to hard working people!!!!!!!! I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!! GOD!!!!!!

The Department of Education on Friday said in a statement that students with disabilities must be given an equal opportunity to participate on traditional athletic teams or in their own leagues, the Associated Press reported.

h/t: TPM LiveWire