Special Olympian Calls Out Ann Coulter
Touching open letter questions Coulter's motives
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2012 10:37 AM CDT
Ann Coulter speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. The annual gathering of more than 11,000 conservatives marked the unofficial start of...   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Ann Coulter's recent tweet calling President Obama a "retard" caused a firestorm, but perhaps the best response comes in the form of an open letter from John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year-old athlete with Down syndrome. In this Special Olympics blog post, he ponders Coulter's choice of words: "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."

He says he realizes she meant the "r-word" to be belittling, but, "Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much." He wraps it up by inviting her to come join him and his fellow athletes to see how it affects her. The letter's getting lots of attention, but Coulter hasn't responded. In fact, her only reaction has been to say "the only people who will be offended are too retarded to understand it," notes Gawker.

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Nov 4, 2012 10:35 PM CST
OMG, give it a rest already, "Retard" is not the new n word.. and no matter how many special interest groups try to make it that, it will NEVER be. Enough already, to argue this point is both gay and retarded.
Oct 27, 2012 9:10 PM CDT
Cowards insult those with special needs.
Oct 26, 2012 5:14 AM CDT
She's a lawyer but she doesn't do any "lawyering". But in the land of entertainment, all press is good press. Coulter has made a career out of saying incendiary things because it gets her free press & advertises her "books". She makes $ off her "celebrity" status, talk show rounds, scribblings. Saying outrageous, incendiary things pays the rent.