shington, D.C. to discuss Owen’s Showtime comedy special. (Special Olympics)After being attacked by disability rights advocates comedians who regularly made use of the word “retard” and mocked people with disabilities intellectual in an Showtime special has been removed from the material. retarded comic
Gary Owen met with four self-advocates on the streets of Washington, D.C. after accepting to pull a portion of the 2015 Showtime special, titled “Gary Owen: I Agree With Myself,” which remains available on Demand.
In the program lasting 75 minutes, Owen discussed his “retarded” cousin Tina and also discussed her being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases.
ashington, D.C. to discuss Owen’s Showtime comedy special. (Special Olympics)
After being targeted by disability rights advocates comedians who regularly made use of the word “retard” and mocked people who have intellectual disabilities in an Showtime special has since been removed. material.
Gary Owen met with four self-advocates last week on the streets of Washington, D.C. after having agreed to remove a segment from his Showtime special titled “Gary Owen: I Agree With Myself,” which is still available on Demand.
In the program’s 75 minutes, Owen discussed his “retarded” cousin Tina and discussed her being diagnosed with an infection that is transmitted sexually.
“I didn’t know retarded people had sex,” Owen spoke to his stand-up audience prior to contemplating what sex might be for her and an individual with intellectual disabilities.
In the course of the show, Owen also took jabs at Special Olympics athletes and defended his remarks to the crowd by saying, “it’s cool, it’s my cousin.”
Special Olympics, The Arc and other disability advocacy organizations joined forces this spring to demand Showtime to remove the show that they referred to as “verbal violence.”
The group’s efforts culminated by a conference between Owen as well as advocates for themselves Julie Petty, Loretta Claiborne, Ricardo Thornton and Frank Stephens.
“The meeting was educational, positive and productive,” the group said in a statement that was released following meeting with Owen. “The results of the meeting were important. The meeting was significant because Mr. Owen made positive commitments concerning the use of the “r-word in his comedy routine.”
In addition to removing this controversial episode from the cable show The representative of the comedian said Owen will not use”r-word” in the future “r-word” in the future. retarded comic
“The inclusion of my cousin in my routine was never meant to hurt anyone,” Owen declared in a statement made to Disability Scoop. “Out of sensitivity to and respect for the community that was upset, I removed the related segment of my Showtime special.”
A spokesperson of the cable network told the media they’re “pleased to support Gary Owen’s decision to edit his Showtime comedy special” and added that the new version retarded comic is available.