Welcome to Movie Monday, where I review a book that has spawned a movie, or a movie that is based on a book. Some weeks it won’t be a full review, it may just be news or photos of a book based movie. Last week on Movie Monday I wondered what was up with all of the hype for The Hunger Games.
This week I’ll be talking about a movie that I haven’t seen, based on a book that I haven’t read- The Descendants. My intention was to review a different book today, a book that I’ve actually read 😉 but I thought that this was more important.
Lately I’ve been noticing a lot of people tossing the word “retard” around so casually, like it doesn’t mean anything. People will use that word to describe friends, people they dislike, even themselves. I hear people using the word frequently, and I see it used online too but I don’t usually say anything about it. Today I saw it used on Twitter and I just had to speak up. I was looking around online for the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign and I stumbled upon a review of The Descendants, the movie I was supposed to be seeing tonight. This review was written by Jennifer Dawn at Cowgirl Up!, she’s a mom with two kids, one of whom has Down Syndrome. I also found another great review of the movie here. After reading those reviews I definitely won’t be going to see that movie tonight, or any other night. I’m letting my money talk, and I just can’t support a movie that gratuitously used that word.
I would love to believe that most people who use the r-word just aren’t thinking. Maybe they don’t understand how hateful and hurtful that word is. Maybe they’ve never been around anyone with Down Syndrome, or Autism, etc and have no one to picture when that word is used. But I do. I have worked with several children who have Down Syndrome, Autism, etc and I have had wonderful experiences taking care of those sweet, loving children. Every time I hear the r-word uses I picture them, and I feel hurt for them.
This post is dragging on and I feel like I’m just spinning in circles. here’s some posts from people who weigh in on this subject far better than I ever could.
Check out the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign here.