I recieved a comment recently from a fan (although I’m not sure if they will still be one after they read this) that took exception to my use of the word “retard” to describe some of the people I deal with on a daily basis.
Short Answer: Deal with it, I’m using retard. Sorry that you are offended by it. The site is the ANGRY pharmacist. If you want political correctness this is not the place to go. I’m not going to censor or take into consideration the 2% of the population that I might offend using the word ‘Retard’ on a site that is dedicated to venting about the public. Even then, they themselves probably would not take offense, but people who want to be offended for them.
Being all gushy and PC about stuff like this really bugs the hell out of me, so I decided to make a rant about it. There are a bunch of people who want the word “Retarded” stricken from the English language as a reference to someone who is diagnosed with Mental RETARDation (because the two obviously arent related). They want to be called “Learners with Exceptionalities” or “Mentally Challenged”. Yeah, lets call cancer “Abnormal Tissue Growth” – AIDS “Immunology Challenged” and schitzophrenia “Socially Unacceptable Thought Processes” so we might not offend the people with that either.
The world is not going to cater and wrap everything in foam and bubble-wrap for you. Dont try to candy-coat something that is a serious issue. Mental Retardation is not something that you can just put fancy/huggy words to make it “less offensive” and have it magically be somehow “better”. I would be MORE insulted by people trying to side-step my condition rather than just call it what it is. Just say what it is rather than trying not to offend me by blowing smoke up my ass. A duck is a fucking duck, not some huggy words that I cant think of right now that would describe a duck. Which brings me to my next point.
Just because I use a word on here does NOT mean that I’m using it in reference to a particular person, class of people, or your crazy uncle (whoops, i meant mentally abnormal uncle). Nor does it mean that I am putting down a certain class of people. You would think that some common sense would be implied here since you are reading this from a site called ‘The ANGRY Pharmacist’, but some people would be surprised to see naked boobs and cock on site called ‘HOT TEENS EAT BUTTHOLE’.
In closing, I’m sorry that you were offended, and as someone who (for a living) puts more medication into blister packs for people who are diagnosed with Mental RETARDation than you can shake a stick at (and also sorts them out when they punch out ALL the pills) you can rest soundly knowing that I think political correct terms for things are retarded. Hey, at least they aren’t called Invalid’s anymore.
Here is a really good post on the issue I found on the LiveJournals. You can find the original here: http://hardvice.livejournal.com/157411.html
There’s a reason you aren’t offended: because people who are offended by humour suck.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: when someone tells a joke
that’s potentially offensive and you laugh, you’re either laughing at
the humour (the timing, the unexpected punchline, the fact that it’s
taboo) or the content (rape, murder, racism, sexism, etc.)
me, I assume people are laughing at the humour and not laughing at the
content. Why? Because there’s nothing genuinely funny about any of the
content. Racism itself isn’t funny, but racist jokes can be–and
people’s indignant reactions to them even more so.
someone draws a line–that is to say, when someone has a “sacred cow”,
like “racist jokes are funny but jokes about rape aren’t”, then I have
to assume that they’re not laughing at the humour. Otherwise, they’d
realise that both are funny. That leaves me with the intolerable belief
that they’re laughing at the content of the racist jokes.
minute you draw a line or decide that some subjects are just not
appropriate for humour, you’re saying that subject is somehow more
important than all the stuff you laughed at. It’s a definite implied
value judgment–AIDS jokes aren’t funny because AIDS is serious, but
jokes about rape are funny because rape somehow doesn’t matter.
Moreover, you’re saying that racist jokes are funny because racism is
funny, etc. These are not the sort of people I care to share a laugh
It’s the same philosophy Trey Parker and Matt Stone
follow. They’ve said over and over again with South Park that the
minute they decide something is off limits, then everything else
they’ve ever done becomes offensive.
In other words, be proud
and happy that you don’t have a “sensitive” issue. It means you’re not
a fucktard. Part of the reason I try to offend the offendable is that I
hope some day they’ll learn this lesson and join us on the side of
humour for humour’s sake.