First it was the credit card scheme her ex-facialist pulled on her and several other celebrities. And now the actress has come under fire for her usage of the word “retard.”
Jen appeared on Regis and Kelly this morning when Regis asked her about her recent Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot where she channeled Barbra Streisand.
Regis said, "You're playing dress up." Jen replied, "Yes, I play dress up. I do it for a living, like a retard."
Members of The Arc, a nonprofit advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are very angry by the comment. CEO Peter Berns released the following statement:
"She is using language that is offensive to a large segment of the population in this country. We estimate that there are probably in excess of 5 million people in the country with intellectual disabilities, and when you think about all of them, their family members and friends, you're talking about tens of millions of people who find the use of that term to be really offensive. Every time folks hear that word, it kind of reminds them of all the discrimination and oppression they've experienced in their lives. Even if it wasn't intended to insult them, that is the effect of it."
Watch the video below. It’s obvious she’s kidding around, and meant no harm by it, but to make fun of herself. But you be the judge on whether or not you think it’s offensive!