You probably already heard, but that bastion of glam fun, my ultimate wonderland of merriment, Sephora, released a lipstick by Kat Von D called, yep, you guessed it, “Celebutard”
Oh, ha. Ha. haaaa. How funny, how ironic! How awfully clever, tongue-in-cheek!
Only it’s not and you, my trusty friend, knows it isn’t. Because it’s really like saying, “celebuspic” or “celebanig” -or even “celebakike” – I can’t give more examples because my knowledge of racial slurs is pretty slim.
But a slur is a slur and “celebutard” is a pretty big one. It’s most hurtful to those that have been called “retarded” as in a once-bona fide medical way – but which has been replaced by “Intellectual Disability”.
And this is the point in which I see things like “celebutard” floating around facebook and I just feel tired. I am tired of seeing this crap, I’m tired of feeling the need to stand on my little tiny pulpit and preach it. I’m tired of people saying this is okay, I’m tired of people saying that we are “too PC”, I’m tired of it all.
I’m just tired.
And through the outcry of “celebutard” rippling through the Down syndrome community, I can’t help but shake my head and wonder at the LACK of outcry and care about the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities.
You know, thanks to a ton of misinformation about the CRPD, it was voted down last year for ratification. I cried when that happened. It was such a seeming no-brainer – OF COURSE WE NEED THIS RATIFIED!
It’s by the United Nations, JUDY HEUMANN is behind it. Last year I was banging my head against the desk so hard it was shaking because it’s incomprehensible to me that so many parents of kids with disabilities are AGAINST this when it makes no sense to be.
The only people that this will hurt if it is not ratified are people with disabilities.
That’s it. Just the very tribe that their children belong to, the tribe that we are fighting with all of our might to empower, to give the dignity they deserve by working to ban words like “retard”. Like “celebutard”.
But I don’t think it’s going to mean much to go to battle over words like “celebutard” if we are not willing to fight for even greater dignity, for the rights of people with disabilities as outlined by the ADA.
And that is found through ratification of the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.