Ann Coulter: Uuuuuuuuuuuugh

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?

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  • Jen Valdez

    I cringe every time Ann Coulter says anything.

  • Emily Kreider

    What is even MORE insane is that she is vehemently defending herself and insisting the r-word is equal to calling someone a loser. She wont apologize and she won’t stop using it. What a great example for today’s girls! Be a bully and don’t ever say sorry for it.

    • Julia Gazdag

      It’s not even a bad word — it’s the way that she uses it that’s so infuriating. There is nothing bad about being mentally, developmentally, or in any other way retarded! Making it into a caricature or a derogatory term is just the worst. ANN COULTER IS THE WORST. ACK

  • Courtney Anne

    So incredibly frustrating. And what’s worse is that the more she’s criticized, the happier she seems to get. She is a hideous serpent (actually, I feel bad; that’s insulting to serpents), and I can’t imagine why she is still in the public eye. Whoever actually likes this woman is an equally awful person.

  • Aizury Quiroz

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

    The sound of thisis music to my ears. I’m gonna use it with my mates at school.

  • Bonnie Joy Sludikoff

    she’s gross. on the bright side, it’s nice to have a person evil enough to replace expletive– i mean, douchebag is such an icky word- maybe we can just make her officially synonymous- someone get on urbandictionary and make it happen so when I was to call someone a douche, instead I can say, “hey man, don’t pull an Ann Coulter”

  • Rebeca Cottam

    Have you ever read one of her books!! Obviously not. Definitely no brain in this website!

    • Britt Bulens

      I’m brainy. She’s awful.

    • Julia Gazdag

      Having intelligence doesn’t give you have asshole privileges

    • Julia Gazdag
    • Ramou Sarr

      I read one of her books! I’m a masochist and read “High Crimes & Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton” for a project in college and it was laughingly awful. I think she compared Bill Clinton to OJ Simpson something like 7 times. Awful.

  • Brianna Summey

    This woman is despicable.

  • Clarissa Nicole

    i don’t like her as a human being and nobody else should. That’s just how I feel.

  • Jad Razbliuto

    She’s an ass. But I was wondering why no one cared when Bush was referred to as a retard so many times during his presidency. Despite the fact he wasn’t the brightest to ever hold this office.

    • Julia Gazdag

      I remember there being some calling-out of people who referred to him with the word “retard”, though in general people just called him an idiot most of the time.

  • Meredith Lee

    Please don’t be mean but can someone explain what rock this woman came out from under? Every single time I read a quote from her–they’re vicious and cruel. Regarding her use of the R word–I have worked with kids who have severe Mental Retardation. It’s not a joke. It’s not something that should be taken lightly and is unbelievably sad. In life, we always strive to be the best, to better ourselves….and nothing is sadder than knowing it won’t happen, that this is it….and it’s through no fault of your own. It’s like being locked in a prison with no chance of ever getting out. So perhaps, Ann Coulter should think twice before she opens her mouth and calls someone that.

    Also, just a side note to the note that there aren’t a lot of brains on this site–I have two Masters Degrees and a credential working with Special Ed kids. So I’m not sure I’d say that and the women who run this site have all done pretty well for themselves as well….don’t you think? They struck me as pretty intelligent as well….

  • Kate Hollefreund

    Such a horrid thing to say – especially since it was not a slip, she thoroughly meant it.

    Also, the eloquent response by John Franklin Stephens shows the opportunity at hand here…volunteer for Special Olympics! I’ve been coaching for six years and the athletes are amazing! So, rather than listen to Ann Coulter and the likes of her, I spend my time being inspired by the fantastic peers of John Franklin Stephens. It has been the most energizing and invigorating volunteer experience of my life and I can’t speak highly enough of Special O! They have taught me more about life and the power of positivity than I ever could have taught them about soccer.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

        • 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.

        • 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

              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.

            • 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.

    • 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….

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alex Thompson

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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