Jennifer Aniston already made Bill O’Reilly clutch his Tampax Pearls when she said that women don’t need dudes to start a family, and now she’s offending a whole new group of the population. On Live with Regis & Kelly this morning, Jennifer Aniston was talking about dragging it up as Barbra Streisand for Harper’s Bazaar and Regis said something about how she’s always playing dress up. Then Jennifer quickly responded and said, “Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!” (It’s at the 2:00 mark in the clip above) Well, you know where this is headed.
Shortly after, Hollywood Life told Jen to slap her own tongue because she should know better. The CEO of The Arc (a nonprofit advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities) also told Jennifer that they will hold her purse while she punches herself in the mouth for using the word retard. He issued this statement to UsWeekly:
“Frankly, someone in her position ought to know better. She is using language that is offensive to a large segment of the population in this country. We estimate that there are probably in excess of 5 million people in the country with intellectual disabilities, and when you think about all of them, their family members and friends, you’re talking about tens of millions of people who find the use of that term to be really offensive. Every time folks hear that word, it kind of reminds them of all the discrimination and oppression they’ve experienced in their lives. Even if it wasn’t intended to insult them, that is the effect of it.”
We shouldn’t declare this a full blown ESCANDALO until Sarah Palin drops her half cent about this on Twitter, so stand by for that…..