Should Ann Coulter Apologize for Offensive Tweet?
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted an offensive term in reference to the president following the last debate. Should television and radio stations that carry her commentary demand she apologize?
Despite the backlash against Ann Coulter’s use of the word "retard" in a tweet in reference to President Barack Obama following the last debate, the conservative commentator refuses to apologize, either to the president or those with an intellectual disability.
In an article in Media Matters, it was reported that efforts have been in recent times to have the word retard declared “hate speech,” but Coulter has doubled down on her reasoning for using the term. She is reported to have said on the Alan Colmes Show "no one would refer to a Down syndrome child, someone with an actual medical handicap, by saying retard. Where do you think the words idiot, imbecile, cretin, moron, come from? These were all technical terms at one time. Retard has been used colloquially to just mean 'loser' for 30 years."
John Franklin Stephens, a global messenger for the Special Olympics who himself has Down syndrome, wrote a letter to Coulter asking why she assumed she could use the term and still continue appearing on TV.
“I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words, but recoiled from the backlash,” Stephens wrote, adding “Well Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.”
Fellow conservative commentator Michelle Malkin has been critical of Coulter's tweet, calling it "stupid and shallow." Actress and co-chair of the president's campaign, Eva Longoria, recently took heat for a retweet using an offensive term about Mitt Romney. In that case there were bipartisan calls for Longoria to step down from the campaign. That, however, did not happen.
Do you think shows such as Fox News, for which Coulter is a frequent commentator, should demand she apologize, both to the president and to the special needs community, for her tweet?