Not perfect like Kim? You must be “retarded”
| Kim sorry for insulting language: ‘It was a mistake’
| Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY – Kim Kardashian West is apologizing after facing backlash, yet again, for the way she called out her friends for not being able to identify her Halloween costume.
The star, 38, posted a series of videos from sister Kendall Jenner’s Halloween bash, where she quizzed fellow partygoers on who she dressed up as.
Donning a furry hat, tight white corset and bombshell blond hair, Kardashian and BFF Jonathan Cheban channeled Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. However, hardly anyone at the party could tell.
“Nobody knows who we are here!” she said during one of the videos. “You guys are all too (expletive) young. This is so sad.”
In another video, that has since been deleted, the mother-of-three said: “Nobody knows who I am. Yeah! Retarded.”
The derogatory word was instantly met with backlash.
One Twitter user challenged Kardashian to “do better.” “Retard is not a synonym for stupid. It’s actually an offensive term 2 a vulnerable population of people with intellectual disabilities & 2 those who love them,” @jjjcarson wrote.
“Retard” has transitioned from an impartial term to one that is negatively loaded. For this reason, it is now widely considered degrading even when used in its original context. – Wikipedia
@SipicLucija slammed the makeup mogul’s word choice: “That was a really unnecessary use of the word retarded … It breaks my heart and angers my soul when I hear that word thrown around, knowing the pain that it carries.”
@iam_leslie86 shared a similar opinion: “So people that don’t know who you are for Halloween are retarded really!! Smh [shaking my head] maybe you should spend time with people with disabilities that way you can show more empathy towards those that are special needs.”
Kardashian deleted the video from her Instagram account Thursday and apologized for using the word.
“I want to apologize for what I said in a recent video post that is inappropriate and insensitive to the special needs community,” she said. “I try to learn from my mistakes and this is one of those times.
She continued: “Please know that my intention is always pure, and in this case, it was a mistake. I’m sorry.”
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Retard, when used as a verb is to refer to delay or hold back in terms of progress or development, or to be delayed.
As a noun, it is considered a dated, offensive and pejorative term when used to refer to a person who has a mental disability.
It was previously used as a genuine term in medical contexts, though has since been succeeded with the term “intellectual disability” in many laws and documents throughout countries in the world.
It is also used as an informal term to refer to a foolish or stupid person, though this informal usage has been viewed by many as controversial, mainly due to confusion to the words’ history as a medical term.
The word “retard” originally came from Latin, a synonym of “slow”. It entered the English language in the 15th century, and was used to refer to delaying or holding back in terms of progress or development.
The word “decelerate” would succeed “retard” overtime. “Retard” first became known as a medical term in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when medical texts began to describe children with “retarded mental development”.
Up until around the 1960s, the terms “moron”, “idiot”, “cretin” and “imbecile” were all genuine terms to refer to people with mental intellectual disabilities and low intelligence. These words were discontinued in that form when concerns arose that they were offensive, with “retard” and “retarded” replacing them.
Since then, the terms “handicapped” (United States) and “disabled” (United Kingdom) have replaced “retard” and “retarded”.
In 2010, despite not typically being used in official context, “mental retardation” was still written in many of the United States’ laws and documents, considered by many to be outdated.
Barack Obama replaced the term with “intellectual disability” with the approval of Rosa’s Law – which would require these laws and documents to phase out the terms with the “intellectual disability” term.
Today, despite possessing a similar history to the former medical words “moron”, “idiot”, “cretin” and “imbecile” (all considered acceptable terms to refer to a foolish or stupid person in the present day), “retard” and “retarded” remain controversial when used in this form, mainly due to the word having a more recent history as a medical term.
“Retard” has transitioned from an impartial term to one that is negatively loaded. For this reason, it is now widely considered degrading even when used in its original context.
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