Tonight, Special Olympics of Virginia Global Messenger John Franklin Stephens (Frank) joined Piers Morgan to explain why he was offended when he heard Conservative Columnist Ann Coulter's use of the "r-word" earlier this week.
Coulter used the 'r-word' in a tweet Monday when referring to Mitt Romney's treatment of President Barack Obama at the third and final presidential debate. Stephens wrote an open letter to Coulter to explain why her word choice was wrong:
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
"The word retard is offensive and I should not be a symbol for someone who is dumb and shallow," Stephens said. "If they wanted to use me as a symbol, use me as a symbol for someone who fights adversity."
Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver also joined Morgan to defend his friend Stephens. "There is a long long history of discrimination and humiliation against people that have intellectual differences ... This word in particular has carried the sting."
Stephens stated simply "When people get bullied and when people use the 'r-word' it's just offensive."
Morgan asked the Global Messenger to have the last word to Coulter since he signed his open letter "A friend you haven’t made yet":
"Thank you. You helped me make 3.2 million new friends. And I wish that you would be one more."