‘Tards upset over use of the word retard

The world is full of people being outraged on behalf of other people…they really need to get over themselves.

BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme breached the broadcasting code when it aired an offensive word describing people with learning difficulties, watchdog Ofcom has ruled.

Crime writer Lynda La Plante made the remark after she was asked to discuss her induction into the Forensic Science Society.

The Telegraph has been gay about it too refusing to print the word ‘retard’…what a bunch of mongs.

The Prime Suspect creator said that she wanting to deny ”a headline that apparently I call people at the BBC ‘r——‘.”

The presenter Sarah Montague thought that La Plante, also responsible for crime drama The Commander, and Trial And Retribution, wanted to deny her use of the word.

Instead, the author went on to say: ”You do not send a script, full script, anywhere, you learn how to do a treatment, because you don’t know if there’s a r—– at the end of that envelope reading it’. Suddenly I’ve called everybody at the BBC a ‘r—–‘.”  

The BBC said that the presenter naturally assumed that La Plante was denying using an offensive term when she raised the question of the reported quote.

It added that when it became apparent that the clarification was ”considerably less significant”, the interviewer swiftly changed the subject, saying: ”Moving on from that use of language”.

The BBC apologised for any offence caused and acknowledged that ideally, La Plante would have been explicitly challenged on her use of the word during the live interview.



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  • LesleyNZ

    It was unacceptable for Bill Maher, (no matter how much he dislikes Sarah Palin), to call Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome son – a “retard”.
    Larry Mendte – “Retire the R Word ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5X6loLxwXA

    • Hazards001

      It means slow for petes sake. Should we also ban the word idiot because it offends people like this too?

      • Jonathan Pull

        If you want to call someone slow then call them slow.
        Calling someone a retard isn’t a general comment, its meant to insult someone.
        There’s nothing PC about it.
        Thats like calling someone a fat cunt or fattiy when in reality they are overweight, the only reason you use the word fat cunt is because you want to insult them, it doesn’t benefit anyone other than the bully (because thats all they are).

        People bandy on the “to pc” wagon because they get pulled up for being outright cunts (sorry unpleasant sods) to other people.

        • tspoon

          Retard is a verb, to cause something to be held back. Retarded is the opposite of advanced. People with mental handicaps are in fact retarded, the description is accurate, and furthermore, is not emotionally based. And, surprise surprise, nobody hates retards. Nobody.
          Retard is however used as a (mild) pejorative to describe someone whom the utterer thinks is stupid, the inference being that they are not hated, but certainly not worthy of taking seriously.

          I don’t think of retard campaigners as pedants, as to be one they’d have to be correct. I don’t think of them as retards either. I do think of them as cunts. Possibly fat…

        • In Vino Veritas

          Pigshit Jonathan. Calling someone a retard is describing them as mentally slow. That may well be the truth of the matter, or it may be someone’s opinion of someone else. This sort of stuff is damned annoying. When I grew up, it was common to call mentally handicapped people spastics, mostly those with cerebral palsy. In fact, my sister worked at an IHC and it was used by the staff all the time. If you call anyone a spastic now, heaven help you. But then, I was taught that sticks and stones would break your bones, but names would never hurt you. More is the pity that this has gone out the window.

      • LesleyNZ

        Was unacceptable to call Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome son a retard – just to get at her. Children are off limits. Did you watch the video?

        • pukakidon

          I agree Lesley attacking someones children is gutter snipe business. Attacking their children afflicted by an illness, is cowardice and disgusting.

      • pukakidon

        I guess at the end of the day if you are childish enough to hassle someone who is unlucky enough to be afflicted with a disability then you would be a worthless piece of shit, who should know better. Normally those who call handicapped people names are cowards who deserve a good thrashing.

        If I saw someone calling a handicapped person silly names I would have no qualms sorting them out. They are the lowest of the low.

    • unsol

      I agree Lesley. There is definitely plenty of truth that everything is becoming so PC that people can’t speak freely, but in the context of who his comment was directed at he was being derogatory.

      It is one thing to say something is retarded in terms of being held back in progress, but it is entirely another to call someone a retard because they have a mental disability. It is a term that arose with the intention of being cruel.

      • pukakidon

        Their by the grace of God that none of my children have such a disability. But I would be very aggrieved if I saw someone who should know better use that sort of language against a handicapped person.

  • Hazards001

    The BBC has so many retarded new age touchy feely gay cunts in it that it’s fucking mind boggling there is anyone left that can actually do anything without a committee to approve the action and a focus group to ensure no ones precious widdle feelings get ‘urt by the action. Such as making tea…that could offend some Sri Lankan immigrant as being a leftover of Colonial Imperialism and god help you if he’s the tea boy!

  • Polish Pride

    Ralphie May best take on retards ever – from about 2:10 but its all funny and NOT politically correct.

  • Mediaan

    Small-minded idiots, if all they can do is focus on the choice of word.

  • Phil

    They will ban the word ‘Lefty’ next for it’s connotations with being of an unusually low IQ.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Retard is French for late. Anyone who still adheres to the throwback mindset of political correctness is by definition retarded. Still taking some people a while to get it, isn’t it?

    • pukakidon

      Grow up. That sort of argument is exactly what you would expect of a juvenile mindset.

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        I’m on my way to becoming like Mallard! Thank you for the compliment. Labour party list here I come!

  • Droit

    This man says it all!