Mike Huckabee’s “Short Bus” joke: Apology Not Accepted

On Fox News, yesterday, Mike Huckabee said this about incoming Chief of Staff John Kelly: “If you have four stars on your shoulder, you’re not a slow learner, you didn’t ride the short bus. He will be fine.” “Short bus” in this instance, is saying that Kelly is not intellectually disabled. In other words, it’s … Continue ReadingMike Huckabee’s “Short Bus” joke: Apology Not Accepted

The “Retard Olympics” – Torture Alleged in a PA Jail

WARNING – VERY DISTURBING DEPICTIONS OF ABUSE This is what happens when the prison becomes the default first-line of care for people with serious mental health issues. This is what happens with prison guards grow up in a culture demeaning people with disabilities. This is what happens when you feed the cult of compliance. This … Continue ReadingThe “Retard Olympics” – Torture Alleged in a PA Jail

Rethinking Trigger Warnings – David Sedaris and This American Life

[Content Note: Ableist Speech including use of the “r-word.” Later, I quote a passage from Huckleberry Finn that contains the n-word.] This post works with a 1996 piece from David Sedaris and This American Life that contains terrible depictions of the intellectually disabled. It was re-broadcast in 2013. I’d like to see content notes on this episode. … Continue ReadingRethinking Trigger Warnings – David Sedaris and This American Life

This American Life and the R-word – a 2013 Re-broadcast of a cruel joke from 1996

Yesterday, I published a piece on CNN focusing on an episode from This American Life that, I felt, mocked people with Down syndrome. What was interesting to me, though, is that the comedian in question (Wyatt Cenac) wasn’t just telling jokes using the r-word, but had something more complex going on. As a listener, it … Continue ReadingThis American Life and the R-word – a 2013 Re-broadcast of a cruel joke from 1996