Thursday, October 20, 2011


Just when I thought r*tard aka "the r-word" was the worst disability slur out there, I see Ricky Gervais' typed words "monglets", "mongs" and other forms of mongoloid on his twitter page.  These words were used to insinuate stupidity or being dumb.

The word mongoloid used to be a term to refer to people from Mongolia.  Over time, mongoloid was thrown about as a discriminatory word towards people with Down syndrome.  This is because people with Ds possess almond-shaped eyes or epicanthal folds, similar to those with Mongolian ethnicity.  The term mongoloid has been used in the past to mean dumb, idiotic, stupid.  There are so many synonyms for this word that it makes no sense whatsoever to ever use "mongoloid" or "r*tard".

From the

Mon·gol·oid  (mngg-loid, mn-)
1. Anthropology Of or being a major human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as yellowish-brown skin pigmentation, straight black hair, dark eyes with pronounced epicanthic folds, and prominent cheekbones and including peoples indigenous to central and eastern Asia. See Usage Note at race1.
2. Characteristic of or resembling a Mongol.
3. also mongoloid Offensive Of or relating to Down syndrome.
1. Anthropology A member of the Mongoloid racial classification.
2. also mongoloid Offensive A person affected with Down syndrome.

mongoloid [ˈmɒŋgəˌlɔɪd] (not in technical use)
(Medicine / Pathology) relating to or characterized by Down's syndrome
(Medicine / Pathology) a person affected by Down's syndrome

Why does this word bother me so?  Back in the day, as in before my time, the word "mongoloid" was used in the derogatory sense to refer to people with Down syndrome.  I thought that this word was predominately erased from our vocabulary.  Oh how wrong I was.  To see a celebrity, one that I used to think was hilarious, use various forms of this word hurts me.  Knowing that kids and teenagers pick up words from celebrities and use them in school, in home, out in general public, flinging them around as insults, hurts me.  It hurts my daughter who happens to have Down syndrome.  As if the r-word is not enough we now have the "m-word".

Ricky Gervais, you are ignorant and not funny.  You are insensitive and rude and you need to grow up. I would love for you to apologize, yet based off of your response to fellow tweeters, I can see that it is beyond you.  You have lost my support and I am urging others to boycott your television shows and movies.

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1 comment:

  1. I've never even heard of that word! But that is so offensive - how disappointing of Ricky Gervais!


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