Sometimes when I am struggling to write a post, something just jumps into my lap. Thank you, Ann Coulter, for being that person and providing today’s topic.
Seems Ms. Coulter got herself into hot water by tweeting that President Obama is a “retard” during the debate this week. Even I–who has been told that “retarded” is an actual diagnostic term (yes, brought back from days gone by)–gasped in shock that someone in the media spotlight would us it. That was a gasp. Out loud. At my desk.
I don’t pay much attention to Ann Coulter because I don’t know what her relativity is to actual politics. Except she likes to write books that say outrageous things and then gets recognized for it. I honestly believe that if Ann were a short, fat, brunette, average American woman she would be relegated to blogging like me. And only really very special people would pay attention. Thank you.
A Special Olympian responded to her tweets (yup, more than one using variations of “retard”) with an open letter. The letter made me get a little teary.
There are so many ways to bash Ann Coulter. My main complaint was stated above–that she really doesn’t say anything that isn’t caustic and controversial, then reaps the rewards with media response, public appearances, and book sales.
But Ann’s use of the word “retard” really sums up her intellectual base, doesn’t it? Sure Twitter limits your responses to 140 characters. But for some of us, that has made us become more creative and concise. Ann just seems to have reached a limit of some sort.
Calling someone a “retard” is junior high boy behavior. How do I know? I am now living with my third. That’s a typical response when they have nothing better to day. They will evolve into an American adult and eventually use terms such as “asshat” like their mother.
Ann’s tweet was just a mere 65 characters. That left so much room to be pundit-worthy. But she didn’t take it. Apparently, Ann likes resting on her faux laurels and her celebritician status.
I think I understand Ann. Who cares why you’re famous or making money in America as long as you are. We no longer reward people for actual talent in our country. She doesn’t even have to try to create controversy by being factual or clever.
And this is our fault people! Yes, you! Me! We have dropped our standards so low that this has become the norm! This is why my reality TV has been limited to crafting, true-crime, and hoarders, with some episodes of true fashion thrown in (I really need a makeover). Because we need to demand higher forms of entertainment and information.
Until we do, we will have people like Ann Coulter sweeping in and pretending to be relevant. Stop giving her your money…stop tuning in when she appears on something…it’s not like she’s saying anything important.