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Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci don’t want you to use the R-word…

Oklahoma native Bart Conner and his wannabe Oklahoma native wife Nadia Comaneci are participating in a national public awareness campaign to have people stop using the word "retarded." They want people to start using the word "Intellectual Disability" instead.


Oklahomans Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci are adding their star power to a movement to stop using the "R-word."

Advocates for those with developmental disabilities say they achieved a huge victory this past year when they were successful on the medical front in changing the term "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability." Now they want the rest of us to do the same.

"I don't think the average citizen realizes when they use the r-word: ‘that's so retarded, don't be such a retard,' they don't realize how hurtful that is to an important population, to me and to many of us in this country," said Conner during an interview at his Norman gym on Wednesday.

Conner and Comaneci's interest in the cause comes from their involvement with the Special Olympics. They are both on the international board of directors.

Although it will make rapping the final verse to Shoop a little more difficult, I'm fine with this. We've used the word "retarded" in the past and will stop doing so. However, after searching the word "retarded" on Google news, it looks like the organization has a lot of work to do get other to stop using the term. Hell, you can still find the word on the Special Olympics website!

Bart Conner claims that his involvement with Special Olympics is why he's taking part in this PSA. I'm not sure I totally buy that. I think it stems from this incident in the 1980s:

Well, that's ret--uhhhhhm, really dumb.

In case you forgot, that's Bart Conner from the movie Rad. He played the bad guy with ghe...wait, I can't use that word either. Damn political correctness! You make it very difficult to not be political correct.

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