Is calling someone “retarded” the equivalent of using a racial slur? That is the question being debated after FOX’s hit show, Glee aired its new PSA to close last week’s episode.

The anti-bullying PSA ran after Glee’s much anticipated season finale, which featured the club heading to New York for Nationals. But the thirty seconds that left everyone talking had nothing to do with song or dance. The PSA contained the use of uncensored racial and ethnic slurs as part of the show’s campaign to end the use of the “R-Word.” The campaign seeks to end the use of the word “retarded” as a slur to referring to mentally challenged people.

In the ad a black man says to the camera, “It is not acceptable to call me a n—–,” followed by Latina woman who says, “It is not acceptable to call me a s—”; an Asian woman a “ch—”; a gay man a “f–”; and a Jewish person a “k—.”.

After the slurs, Glee star, actress Jane Lynch is seen besides self-advocate, Lauren Potter who explains why using the “R-Word” is inappropriate. To close the add, Lych says:

“The R-word is the same as every minority slur. Treat it that way and don’t use it.”

The PSA can be viewed here:

The PSA is a powerful one, as hearing the slurs uncensored on national television certainly connoted the hurtful effect of the any of the painful words.  However, in the days since many have questioned the Glee PSA’s use of uncensored slurs as the equivalent of using “retarded” to refer to mentally challenged people.

What do you think of the Glee “R-Word” PSA, Clutchettes? Weigh in and share your thoughts with us here!

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  • The “R” word strips away humanity, as do those other ugly labels. For my personal experience with R word, please check out — http://wp.me/p1ya28-aP. Thank you for this PSA which I share broadly.

  • william

    Don’t the words redneck, whitebread, cracker, honky and gringo also denigrate a certain race??? Why haven’t they been included in your public service announcement???

    • william

      I presume that you’re going to amend your public announcement to include pejorative word(s) used to denigrate members of the white race.

      Waiting for your response…

    • Quelqu’un

      Lol, I always find it hilarious when I see white people thirsting so hard to be discriminated against. No one uses slurs against white people to denigrate them or keep them down.

    • CAS

      Thanks William
      I was thinking the same thing. There is soo much reverse descrimination these days. You can have a “Latin American League” but not a “Caucasian League”. You can have an NAACP but not a NAAWP. Minority and protected classes must get special privaleges but not the “majority”. I hear of certain groups being “oppressed”, yet I see many of those same folks down here in Houston driving Mercedes Benz’s and BMW’s.

      Soo manu folks want to be put into special classes to gain special protection and special benefits.

      I guess us honkeys should just sit back and take it.

  • Girl

    Cas or whatever you call yourself, please GTFO. Imbecile.