I will admit that I have not watched this George Clooney movie. I wanted to. I typically enjoy George Clooney movies, but I am grateful that I was warned about what to expect. My friend Jennifer over on Cowgirl Up! sat down expecting to enjoy a movie with hottie George Clooney only to be slapped in the face with ignorance and insults. Jokes using those with disabilities as the punch line.
Here is what she heard:
Matt King ( Clooney): You are so retarded
Sid (Nick Krause): That's not nice. I have a retarded brother
Sid : I'm just kidding. I don't have a retarded brother. Sometimes when old people and retarded people are slow, I just want to make them hurry up.
Are you for real? Making fun of group of people who cannot always stand up for themselves all for the sake of a laugh? Was the above conversation pertinent to the movie? I think not. Shame on you Clooney and Krause. Shame on you.
It hurts in more ways that I can say. I think of my Aunt Peg who also has Ds and her friends who also have intellectual &/or physical disabilities. Imagine them going to see The Descendants to drool over Clooney only to hear the above conversation. Do your think she and her friends do not understand? They do! It is insulting and hurtful. It is unacceptable.
Over at Stop Disability Slurs, we never get a break. We have more letters to write and I encourage you to do the same. Speak out and be heard. Speak out and make a difference. United, we can make a change to end the word. Let's make the r-word RESPECT.
Movie: on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Descendants/
Director & Writer:
William Morris Agency
1 William Morris Place
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
George Clooney Management
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91522
Nick Krause: I am working on this.
Disclaimer: I have not watched The Descendants so all information with regards to the offensive material in the movie comes from a trusted blogging buddy at Cowgirl Up!