Earlier this week, Marjorie, 53, posted a video of her with Steve, 61, slicing up fruits and veggies while making juice in their kitchen. In the clip, Marjorie uses the word “r—–ed,” an outdated pejorative typically aimed at people with intellectual disabilities.
“I’m sitting here arguing with my husband, ’cause clearly he thinks I’m r—–ed [and] I don’t know how to cut a beet,” she says.
The video sparked outrage among social media users, who flooded the post with over 3,000 comments.
“As somebody who works with adults with Developmental Disorders and a loving sister of a beautiful woman with Down Syndrome, I can assure you that when the word retard is used in a derogatory manner it is EXTREMELY offensive,” wrote one user. “People need to educate themselves.”
Wrote another, “It wasn’t until I had my third daughter who has Down Syndrome that I realized how offensive the R word can be. As a mother to a child with special needs hearing this word is truly heartbreaking and makes my stomach turn.”