As much as we love, pity and love to pity this girl, someone should have told Jennifer Aniston “retard” is not appropriate table-talk for a national morning TV show. Or, you know, ever.
Aniston is firmly ensconced in America’s dog house today after blurting out the r-word on Regis & Kelly Thursday morning. The word came in response to Reg’s questions about Aniston’s recent photo homage to Barbara Streisand. “Yeah, I got to play dress up,” Aniston babbled in reply, “I do it for a living, like a retard.” Which, we’re sorry, isn’t even a recognized stereotype about mentally disabled people. “Oh, you know the retarded. Always dressing up like famous female singers and taking pictures for magazines.” No, no one thinks that. Except for Jennifer Aniston, apparently.
Numerous disability rights organizations have step forwarded to throw a “Say what?” toward Aniston’s slur. Special Olympics spokeswoman Kirsten Sechkler explained, “Sadly, people use the word pervasively even if they don’t realize it. People with intellectual disabilities have fought their whole lives for understanding and recognition. When people continue to use the R word, it’s hurtful.”
We’re sure Aniston realizes her mistake by now; she used the r-word when she clearly meant to use a word like “ridiculous” or “foolish” or “incredibly wealthy and successful actress, formerly on Friends.” We’re sure if Jen just apologized for the insult, we could all move on to what’s really important: how she is ever going to find a man NOW?!?! [Photo: Getty Images]