Ann Coulter: UuuuuuuuuuuughJulia Gazdag

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about Ann Coulter’s douchetastic gaffe, in which people finally noticed her perpetual use of that six letter word, which I haven’t heard since it wafted from the mouths of ignorant youths and through the halls of middle school: “retard”. I don’t know how she can throw it around so carelessly, I could barely type it without cringing.

If you don’t know who Ann Coulter is, can I come live in your cave with you and share your berry shrub? She’s a conservative pundit (and Madonna arm stand-in) whose ideas tend to focus on insulting and oppressing others. I’m pretty sure she’s a contender for Worst Human Being in North America.

But let’s let Ann Coulter speak for herself, because she can’t seem to stop her word-vomit anyway. After the third presidential debate, she tweeted the following:

By “retard” she meant the President. Of the United States. You don’t have to love the guy, but at least give minimal respect to the office he holds. And, oh yeah, WHAT KIND OF WORD IS THAT TO USE?

The following day, she tweeted about Obama’s campaign speech:

This isn’t the first time Coulter has used this word, either, it’s just election season and more people are paying attention. Back in September, she tweeted:

Special Olympics athlete and all around amazing human being, John Franklin Stephens, wrote a brilliant letter in response to Ann Coulter’s insensitive and downright ignorant comments. My favorite part:

“I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.

Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarky sound bite to the next.

Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.

Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are—and much, much more”

I am not nearly as amazing as he is, nor can I use words in such a poignant, patient way. So instead, I would like to sum up this whole mess with a series of haiku dedicated to Ann Coulter:

Middle school antics
Children can be the cruelest
Wait, that was Coulter?

Many one-way flights
To Greenland this time of year
Free for Ann Coulter?

My ears, Ann Coulter
The sound of your douchery
It is deafening

Crazy Eyes McGhee
Attention. Attenion. Yeesh!
There you go. Happy?

ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh
ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh
Ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh


  • Rebeca Cottam

    Retarded discussion!!

  • Chandler Laverty

    i honestly don’t think she’s real. She just goes for shock and that’s how she makes her money. I’ve resorted to grouping her with the Westboro Baptist Church. It’s a lonely, bitter and hateful life she leads.

  • Hans Johan Svensson

    I have´nt heard much of this Ann Coulter before. She seems to be one of those with whom it less possible to have a meningfull discussion. She seems to be acting out of her own angziety. She does not want to be reminded of anything that pains or frightens her. There are, unfortunately, many like her.
    Ponder upon the word painkiller for a moment or two. Sure, I will take the surringe when I´m at the dentist. I´ve had the odd mindnumbing cold. It´s not that. It is when your pain begins to involve other people.
    Any story or “truth” will becomme plauseble when facts are removed. This will be harmless untill someone decides to begin removing people – it has happened before. Dial up racial biology online and see for yourselves.

    But, these people will have to be adressed. They also live among us. They do have rights the same as us. I´m not a trained therapist. Sometimes I wish I was. It takes a lot of patience to enter into such conversations.
    You simply can not force anyone to think for her/himself – that is a contradiction in terms. You wont think if you do´nt feel like it. Motivation is allways emotionall. You have to start with yourself.

    Bullits and bombs do not carry words.

  • Poppy Sansom

    Thank you for writing this. The R-word is disgusting, and people defending it annoy me just as much. I’m a young teenager, and it’s used EVERYWHERE. Thankfully, living in England, I’d never heard of Ann until this emerged. I don’t want to hear about her again.

  • Almie Rose

    This is a good article and it spawned good discussions. Well done, Julia, and well done commenters! For the few that were rude, please realize that no one is going to reason with you if you’re not coming from reason.

    • Rebeca Cottam

      Sorry, you don’t have a point!!

  • Arch Stanton

    So your answer is for all of us to surround her in a circle, point and call her “crazy eyes with Madonna arms, ugh ugh ugh?” Sounds like bullying to me. I don’t understand how Ann is attacked for saying retard, but somehow one can have the moral or intellectual high ground by calling her “crazy eyes McGhee” and “Madonna arm stand-in.” All this time, I thought Hello Giggles was against the denigration of women based on physical appearance. Is it only true for women who share your beliefs? That’s a very shallow level of tolerance and respect. So you’ve only succeeded in doing what you’ve criticized her for (offensive mockery of physical traits), and on top of that, mocking her in a misogynistic way. Congratulations. Is this the new feminism?

    • Sara Amanda


    • Almie Rose

      Are you implying that because the writer is female she should automatically support a female politician, regardless of the fact that she, not only promotes hatespeech, but says hateful things on a regular basis? Because if that’s your new feminism, I don’t want it.

      • Matthew Edey

        Ann Coulter is not a politician, she’s a pundit.
        Arch’s post was not saying that the writer agree with Coulter, but since the author is bringing it upon herself to be the word police and say which words should be used and which shouldn’t, she should at least be consistent about it. The reality is, right-wing women are called incredible racist/sexist slurs regularly by left-wing politicians, pundits and comedians. No one got upset or accused Louis Black of hate speech when he referenced Sarah Palin’s vagina as a “retard making c*nt.” The fact that Palin actually has a child with Down Syndrome only makes it worse. But where were the word police on that? The reality is, this website, this writer, and all left-wing leaning media give a free pass on words when used by people they agree with. It’s only when it’s someone they appose do they get “offended” by what they say, and demand civility and policing of words.

    • Rebeca Cottam


  • Denise Jackson

    She is completely ridiculous!

  • Catherine Green

    Seems like theres alot of generalizations in these comments…

  • Robert Remillard

    She’s a sellout to women, nothing more and nothing less. The GOp has, again, become misogynistic and women like this one fully endorse the trend backwards.

  • Sara Amanda

    After reading all of the comments here I do realize that the cheese may stand alone (me being the cheese)…anyway I really don’t think that being equally abusive to a person (Ann Coulter included) is really going to solve any problems here. I think this article, though well intentioned is as equally abusive. I do believe in standing up for the people who cannot stand up for themselves, but perhaps this is not the way to go about it? If we are to generate more peace on the planet perhaps we should stop fighting fire with fire…just a thought.

    • Arch Stanton

      I agree with you Sara. It’s enough to point out why something is wrong. It’s counter-productive and hypocritical to adopt the offensiveness with which you are impugning your opponent.

    • Alle Connell

      Nope. Sorry, I disagree. There is a time for having a calm and rational discussion about the issues with someone. There is a time to reach across the political divide and look for common ground. This is not that time, and Ann Coulter is not the person to have that conversation with. The best we can do is mock, then ignore her, because she’s basically a real-life internet troll. And as anyone who’s ever written anything on the internet knows, that’s how you deal with a troll.

  • Rebeca Cottam

    Oh Please everyone lets just take a pill or two!! Why don’t you try something. Google George Bush retarded and then google Obama retarded. There are dozens of A-list celebrities that have called Bush a retard, and the only time it becomes an issue is when it is used by Ann Coulter. You got to understand, that she is a sensationalist and you guys are doing just what she wants. You are helping her sell more books by getting all bothered. Now she can go back and show you how hypocritical you are. Why the feigned righteousness now. Everyone of you have used the word in reference to an something in the last year. Chris Rock called bush a Retard. They even called him the retarded cowboy at the MTV awards. And all of the sudden we are so self righteous to have an outrage when it is used by Ann Coulter. Just ignore and move on and laugh at all the retarded nonsense going on.

    • Lily Gabe

      Rebeca, your post was great. I agree with you, everyone is so hypocritical. Democrats can do and say whatever they want and they’ll be worshiped and God forbid you say anything to them because they’re so sensitive. You’ll be called a racist, a hater, a homophobe, or any bad words, just because you’re stating your opinion JUST LIKE THEY ARE.

      People act like she’s putting down the mentally handicapped, even though THAT IS NOT THE CONTEXT IN WHICH IT WAS USED. She’s been called MUCH worse even prior to saying the R word, I don’t see anyone giving them a bad time. In fact, people laugh and nod their heads like they’re brainwashed to believe ALL Republicans are bad. Every individual is different. I don’t think all Democrats are bad just because of the mere fact I’ve come across a lot of disrespectful ones.

  • Wandia Mureithi

    After hearing about this woman on the news, I couldn’t help but look her up and try to figure out what her deal was. From what I collected, Ann Coulter is obviously low on book sales and itching for a quick moment of fame. Her outlandish comments- which include, by the way, a claim that “this country would be so much better if women couldn’t vote” and the Democratic party caters to soccer moms by “handing out” monetary assistance- are plain out rude and quite offensive towards herself, considering, you know, SHE IS A WOMAN. Somewhere deep down she she’s being ridiculous. If only she knew that throwing around the R-word is not demeaning towards the President’s intelligence as much as it is towards her own.

  • Lauren Nicole

    She’s just dreadful. All of her tweets could be seen as bullying (see her Sandra Fluke tweets during the DNC). She’s a horrible person who doesn’t need the press. Someone please someone give her a sedative so she’ll calm down and stop talking.

  • Sarah Deem

    “Worst Human Being in North America”? Really?

    • Arch Stanton

      Good point. Think about it: worse than murderers? Drug dealers? Jerry Sandusky? These are the kind of over-the-top statements that lower the level of seriousness in substantive discussions. In fact, they lower the substance of the discussion itself.

  • Alex Thompson

    Ann Coulter is the most attractive man I’ve ever seen.

  • Meredith Lee

    Jennifer Aniston had used that word once on in an interview where she said something like, “oh God, I did x, y and z like r…..” and I didn’t think it was okay when she said it and I am forever Team Aniston. The difference between her and what Ann Coulter did was that not only was Jennifer Aniston’s comment self deprecating, she has also presented herself as a genuinely kind hearted person who just had a slip of the tongue. It wasn’t meant to attack or hurt anyone. It wasn’t meant to be cruel. It was just an “ooops” moment which we have all had! Ann Coulter, on the other hand, has never shown herself to be nice or kind…her remark was more akin to bullying and just being outright vicious. It’s more than just the word….it’s the person who’s saying it.

    • Julia Gazdag

      She’s continually defended her use of it and is fully aware of its repercussions, yet unashamed. So… yeah.

      • Meredith Lee

        Didn’t Ann Coulter also say something the women who had lost husbands in 9/11? She thought they were using 9/11 for their own needs or something? It was something so outlandish…that it didn’t seem like something a normal person would say.

  • Amanda Ryan O’Connor

    She is the most unbelievably offensive person I’ve heard of it, and she seems to find pride in being so.

  • Matthew Edey

    A Romney supporter and political pundit called the president a retard on twitter… big whoop de do. In this entire retard fiasco I, the home-schooled student feel like the rest of society completely forgot what child hood was like. I was called retard repeatedly growing up by bullies, stupid kids and even friends. Retard isn’t even a real clinical mental condition, it was just a general medical term that umbrellas hundreds of actual disorders that all result in slow mental development. I work as a piano teacher and I’ve had to tell students and parents to lighten up at the use of retard in it’s original definition of slowing the tempo of a musical phrase, that’s how bad this phony outrage has gotten.
    What I do find offensive is this idea that we have to have the word police governing what you can and can’t say. Which words are okay and which ones are not. Coulter specifically insulted 1 person, and 1 person alone in that tweet and that was Obama. Everyone else, whether they have a mental or physical defect, or are just a self appointed spokesperson have no business pretending to be “offended” by a comment not directed at them. It’s completely phony outrage.

    • Meredith Lee

      Retardation is actually a medical condition. There are three levels–severe, moderate and mild. It effects a child’s ability to perform well in academic and social levels. You are right to say that there are other disabilities that fall into it as well, but M.R. is a term that can be used. M.R is also listed in the DSM–which is a book used by professionals to assist in diagnosing and labeling (which is a whole other argument). …but it is an actual medical issue that also does encompass a lot of other stuff.

      To call either Romney or Obama…or even Bush….that is inappropriate as they are obviously not. Not being intelligent is not the same as having M.R….

    • Julia Gazdag

      It’s not just about the word, but about how it’s being used. Its use in musical notation is not referring to the condition of another person, and is, in fact Italian anyway (which I’m sure you already know). The problem with this word is exactly how hurtful it was to you as a youth, as well as many others. And most of all, how hurtful it is to people who are mentally retarded in technical terms, because why should their condition be an insult? I don’t have 20/20 vision, that doesn’t mean that it’s ok for someone to call me four-eyes, or that it’s any kind of deficiency. Using this word in a derogatory way is yet another method to marginalize a group of people.

      • Matthew Edey

        Of of all the most hurtful things said to me as a youth, retard was not at the top of the list. But in broader terms, almost every word designed to insult someone’s intelligence derives from mental conditions. Moron, idiot, imbecile were all used to describe forms or levels of mental retardation, and yet pretty much the entire human race uses any one of those words on a regular basis when insulting each other. What makes retard so special of a word above the rest? What makes that word so much more offensive than the others? There isn’t any answer to that question beyond it’s what we’ve decided to be offended by. If Coulter had tweeted using the word moron instead of retard we would not be having this conversation and yet, both those words have the exact same history and definition.

        • Matthew Edey

          And I find the idea that the entire mentally disabled community was marginalized because non-disabled people called me retarded, really offensive. In those moments, they were not insulted, they did not go through that experience at that time. Yes, I’m very well aware people with mental disabilities are bullied, especially in schools, including being called all plethora of insults that are demeaning and horrible things to say, but to say that they are marginalized for every time someone without without a mental disability is called a retard is a stretch.

          • Julia Gazdag

            Well, fortunately, there are more people than just you in the world, good sir. And so, the use of the word towards you is not the only time it occurred, but rather, its systematic use in such a way is what contributes to marginalizing a portion of the population. Thank you for the educational lesson above, and for assuming that I have no special needs people in my life just because I did not mention personal matters in a blog post. At the end of the day, all I see is you arguing against someone making the point that we should respect people who deserve it. I’m done here now.

            • Matthew Edey

              And further more, (my last point than I’m done, lol).
              Obama actually made a joke making fun of people with disabilities by stating it was like he was in the Special Olympics in reference to his bowling skills. (I’ll be the first to state that every athlete in the Special Olympics would kick my butt in any sport).
              But absolutely no one was outraged about that. No, it’s only outrage if people use certain “words” that send some signal to our brains. “That’s Offensive!”
              That is my point, and that’s why this whole thing is absurd.

              • Lily Gabe

                Oh no, Matt! You put down Obama! Prepare to be attacked!

                Seriously though, why is everyone such a hypocrite? It sickens me. I’m not going to pretend to be offended by a WORD to stand up for anyone either. People need to realize there are worse things in life, and being offended by words is just going to make you miserable. Yes, words can hurt, but only if you let them.

            • Matthew Edey

              I wasn’t assuming anything about your background, I don’t know you. I was only providing more of my background and experiences. How that means I’m assuming things about you, I’m not sure, anyways.

              How other people feel about what other people called this person, and so in so is kind of my point. Again, the tweet was directed at 1 person. You can argue it was disrespectful, childlike, immature, etc… (although arguing whether the president “deserves” respect is a whole other issue). However, claiming moral outrage over the use of a word, whether an active medical term or retired, and that it marginalizes an entire community is not standing up for that community, it only coddles it and treats that community as if they are little children and we are their parents covering their ears. I’m not advocating bullying to toughen the up either, but being offended by a word is not going to make their lives any better, or bring any medical advances, treatments, etc… I’m not even advocating that we should use the word, but I’m not going to pretend that by being offended by it I’m standing up for people with mental disabilities. If it were not for the media, (as you stated, Coulter has called Obama a retard several times) no one would be talking about this, and most people with mental disabilities, like the rest of us, would be none the wiser, and everyone’s lives would go on.

              And there are so many other ways we insult each other that, under the same logic, marginalizes other groups. For example, the “lets insult Ann Coulter by calling her a transvestite.” I’m not exactly sure why that is supposed to be an insult without depraving the transgender community, but no one seems to be ever bothered by it.

        • Julia Gazdag

          Just because it wasn’t the most hurtful to you, doesn’t mean it’s not very hurtful to others. Words like “idiot” and “imbecile” are not recognized as official medical descriptions of a person’s mental or physical condition, which is why the word “retarded” has so much weight when used as an insult. Moreover, the etymology of every word is fascinating, but “idiot” and “imbecile” are no longer used to describe people who are differently-abled mentally. They are no longer of the same context as when people termed as such were locked into large buildings away from society, where they would be abused by staff and abandoned by their families. While the word “retard” can be used in a medical context, using it as an insult is disrespectful and marginalizing enough to be infuriating.

          I really am not sure why you take such umbrage with the fact that so many people are willing to stand up for the respect and defense of a vulnerable part of our population who deserve better than such obnoxious and ignorant treatment.

          • Matthew Edey

            Ultimately neither is retard because of the advances in understanding mental disabilities. Retard was often used because ultimately doctors didn’t have a specific name for the syndrome or condition, they just knew it slowed mental development (hence why the word was used to begin with). As our understanding of mental disabilities increased, each mental condition was labeled and treated as such, rather than just under one blanket statement. People with mental disabilities are not medically labeled just “retarded.” They are diagnosed with their specific condition be it Williamson Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcoholism. I’ve been engulfed in communities (and family) in the world of mental disabilities and the word “retard” has not been used as a clinical term for quite a long time now.

  • James Lo Tempio

    Can guys post here? Well here I am, married and all! Abusive people…I just can’t stand them. I have to assume they were/are abused in some way, at the very least emotionally damaged. I have to admit, I have my moments when my vocabulary gets the better of me, however I usually like to think its justified, as in I was deeply wronged. Presidential elections don’t strike me as “righteous” anger vocabulary moments, but if they did, lets try to keep the innocent out of it. Nice article BTW Julia, you finally got me to unleash my “giggles”, now back to manhood.

  • Daisy Pizana

    I had to play Ann Coulter once for a mock presidential debate at university. Oh dear Lord, please forgive me for all the horrid things I said in the spirit of acting. I felt like the worst human being on this planet. The whole time, I could hear people calling me a B**** from the audience. Researching her was hard enough, but acting like a totally undignified, unintelligent monster was painful. I remember apologizing when it was over and letting people know that I really do not support/like/endorse Ann Coulter in the least.

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