Steve Harvey and his wife are under fire for using the word “R” word in a playful Instagram video
Here we go again… Dumbing down on political correctness. There are always gonna be people who just look for something to be mad about and obviously Steve Harvey’s wife is in their crosshairs now. Even if she had NO ill intent.
“I’m sitting here arguing with my husband, ’cause clearly he thinks I’m retarded [and] I don’t know how to cut a beet,” she said in the video.
No matter how obvious it is that no ill intent is meant, people are gonna get mad. Here were a few of the comments in response to the Harvey video clip:
“Using the R word in a negative/derogatory way is demeaning to others, regardless of whether she is using it toward herself or others,” read one comment. “Just something to simply think about when using that word as an insult … in other words, just don’t.”
“There are people like me, my family, my daughter who has Down syndrome, who are all hurt by the implication you made,” another follower said. “By using the R word in that way, it infers that people with cognitive disabilities are less than or dumb. Please consider taking the time to either personally or publicly reconsider using a word that hurts so many. I’m not saying that was your intent, but when know better, we should do better … right?”
“I can tell you that most people who use the word have an idea in their head when they do,” another commenter argued. “And that’s a person who is dumb or slow to understand. That’s who Marjorie was comparing herself to, whether she realizes it/meant to or not.”
“Why is this funny?” one commenter asked. “Any intelligent person knows that saying ‘ret@rd’ is considered derogatory and offensive to some. … Be smart about things that come out of your mouth. I have seen celebrities ruin their careers over things that have come out of their mouths! Be humble!”
Steve Harvey came to his wife’s defense.
“What you trippin’ ’bout ’cause my wife said the word retarded. It’s a word, ain’t it? And she ain’t talking ’bout nobody but herself to me. … She ain’t saying it ’bout nobody’s baby. I don’t ever comment but damn is you just looking for something to be pissed off about ’cause we ain’t. And I wrote it retarded. NAH!!”
People just need to get the hell over it for real. It’s just freaking words and THAT’S IT. Grow a back bone sticks and stones.