According to Spread the Word to End the Word, a parent of a child who has special needs had the following Twitter conversation with writer, director and filmmaker Adam McKay in which he asked McKay not to use the word "retarded" in the upcoming Anchorman 2 starring Will Ferrell:
McKay's response was that the word is "over" and that he agrees. Wow. I mean, wow!
As Spread the Word to End the Word said in one of the many, many facebook comments about this news, "One of the most well known comedic writers/directors/filmmakers just agreed that he can make a sequel to one of the funniest movies of the last decade (okay, that's a matter of taste, we know) WITHOUT the R-word. This will show all other comedic writers that it can (and should) be done. This is a big public win."
Yes it is. This is a huge public win. If we want to see change and be the change, we must promote the wins just as much, if not more (probably more in my opinion) than the losses.
Huge kudos and cheers to McKay for moving forward. I am thrilled to pieces that so many of us, if we choose, can go out and see Anchorman 2 and not have to worry during the entire movie whether or not someone will use the R-word.
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