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In the Netflix Original comedy "Disgraceful" by Tom Segura, members of the Down Syndrome community were appalled to find Mr. Segura suggesting replacing the words "that is retarded" or "that is not smart" with the words "that idea has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome." This is a full transcript of the sketch:

                  "You can’t say “retarded” anymore. [audience laughs] It was just here. Don’t you remember? -“Retarded.” That’s how I… -[audience laughs] People get very upset. I don’t really support the arguments against it. When people are like, “You shouldn’t say it.” “Why?” “What if there’s one over there?” And you’re like… [audience laughs] We never said it like that. We were never like, “Look at that guy!” [audience laughs] You didn’t say it like that. You said it to describe an idea, or a situation, you know? If your friend was like, “I’ll pick you up at your house, and then we’ll come back to my place, and later we can go back to your house. And we can get your bags. And then, we’ll come back over here after that.” And your like, “That’s retarded. Why the fuck would we do that?” [audience laughs] But now you can’t say that. Now you’ve gotta be like, “That’s not… smart. Your idea has an extra 21st chromosome, if you ask me.” [audience laughs] It’s not the same."

This petition calls for Netflix to:

  • Remove the anti-down syndrome rhetoric from the show
  • take the anti-disability sketch out of the trailer for the show
  • issue a public apology for perpetuating hate speech and stereotype to the Down Syndrome community

The words used in this program are wrong, offensive and by definition is hate speech against the Down Syndrome community. As a parent to a child with Down Syndrome, I worry daily about the stereotype surrounding Down Syndrome and what that will mean in the future for my son as he makes his place in the world. By allowing people like Mr. Segura to make a joke of the daily struggle this community faces for the sake of promoting his brand is morally wrong. For a company like Netflix to promote it and to go so far as to add in anti-disability rhetoric to the trailer for the program shows that the almighty dollar is more important to them than the basic human right of safety, love and belonging.

 



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