The mighty diary of retarded.

So, I’ve heard people claim that “retarded” isn’t used as a slur against intellectually disabled, autistic and mentally disabled in general folks.

So, every time I hear or read it blatantly used as such, I’m immortalizing it here.

8 October, 2011: While playing MW2 under a gamertag with “autistic” in it, I am referred to as “that retarded guy” after racking up 11 kills and 5 deaths.

Nobody else in the game, however unskilled or unsporting, merits the use of this term.

21 October, 2011: After commenting on a long rant in which many, many insults are used, the poster makes a comment about my autism and posts “You little fucking retard”, referring to me.

Out of all the insults in their rant, retard was not used once.

3rd November, 2011: While reading a written Dwarf Fortress LP, I see that elves who won’t offload wood into a trade depo are called “mentally retarded” by the player.

3rd November, 2011: While writing the last entry, I recall a Cracked.Com article on disability that used the phrase “flap your hands like a stereotypical retard”.

25 November, 2011: Despite having spent most of the last month on Skyrim, I still stumble across clear use of “retard” as a slur, as a Let’s Player I watch is called “mentally retarded” by a commenter.

27th December: I stumble across a picture on the internet in which the face of someone with Down’s Syndrome is photoshopped over that of someone holding a Nintendo Wii, captioned “wii-tard”.

28th December: Someone is called “so retarded they get special cheques from the government”.

29th December: A Cracked writer complains that “the mentally retarded are supposed to be lovable”.

29th December: I recall numerous instances of the “joke”: “Arguing on the internet is like the special olympics: even if you win, you’re still retarded”.

23rd April: After a break from posting to this due to stress, on the Mass Effect 3 forums, a poster is told to “check themselves for signs of mental retardation” and another, different poster tells a different poster:
“No offense to people who like this gun I’m sure you’re all very skilled players and great human beings, but I feel like it’s made for mentally retarded people.” after ranting about overpowered the gun in question is.

1st May: A poster on the Mass Effect 3 forums states that “high N7 is nothing but a sign of retarded mental function”.

28th May: A YouTube commenter on a TF2/MLP crossover video states that he is “evidently not retarded or autistic enough to enjoy this traversty”.

June 16: A Mass Effect 3 forum user posits that a certain tactic is a sign of “mild mental retardation”.

June 24: A Mass Effect 3 forumgoer complains that they can’t dodge enemy attacks when there’s “enough time for a mentally retarded kid to do it”.

July 12; A poster on the Mass Effect 3 forums registers a hope that an NPC escort will “have some cool lines” so they can “forgive them for being so mentally retarded”.

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About chassisbird

Chassisbird is autistic, trans, a survivor of abuse, possibly gray-asexual, queer, polyromantic and very into D/s. It uses it/hir pronouns, tends towards apathy and would like to resemble a spider much more closely.
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2 Responses to The mighty diary of retarded.

  1. Lisa Harney says:

    Less than a month after my diagnosis, my niece called me “retarded.”

    I know, I know, I’m digging back forever. I like your blog.

  2. chassisbird says:

    Oh, the time doesn’t really matter. Oppression remains the same. The idea of other people contributing had not occured to me, but it’s an excellent idea now that it’s been brought to my attention, so thanks and thanks again.

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