Demeaning people with disabilities is not funny. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
Recently on Netflix, comedian Tom Segura joked about how you can’t use the word “retarded” anymore to impute to something you don’t like. So instead, he suggested to reinstate “retarded” with the word “an additional 21st chromosome,” referring, of march to people with Down syndrome.
A lot of people aren’t laughing, including GiGi’s Playhouse, a nonprofit that conducts free educational programs for those with Down syndrome and their families. They’ve launched a change.org petition asking Netflix to mislay the anti-Down syndrome tongue from the show, to take the anti-disability blueprint out of the trailer for the show, and to issue a open apology.
So far, scarcely 80,000 people have sealed it. Come to BreakPoint.org, and I’ll couple you to the petition and hit information for Netflix. so you, too, can let them know that every human being—including those with disabilities—is done in the picture of God. Demeaning them is never funny, or okay.