Jennifer Aniston Catches Heat in ‘R’ Word Flap (VIDEO)
Jennifer Aniston is catching flak today after using a term that could be considered insensitive to the mentally challenged while appearing on Live With Regis and Kelly. Discussing her recent layout for Harper’s Bazaar, in which Aniston recreated iconic photographs of show-biz legend Barbra Streisand, Aniston blurted out,
“Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!”
This hasn’t sat well with certain advocacy groups, such as The Arc, whose CEO, Peter Burns, told Us Magazine,
“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.”
Check out video of Aniston’s gaffe below:
Harmless slip of the tongue, or jaw-dropping atrocity? Render your verdict in the comments section.
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