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.
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