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”.