Kate Gosselin Calls Mothers of Multiples ‘Retarded’

By: Kimberly Ripley - July 23, 2014

Kate Gosselin has allegedly used a slur that makes mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and friends of anyone who knows and loves a person with disabilities–especially Down Syndrome–bear their teeth and claws and go in for the kill. She reportedly said in an email that mothers of multiples are ‘retarded.’ First of all that word should never be used. A product of the 1950s, it describes what many then believed people with Down Syndrome or other intellectually-challenging disabilities to be. The word has no business being used in any context within the English language these days.

Now before everyone starts tweeting Kate Gosselin and bashing her for her alleged use of the hereafter-referred-to ‘R-word,’ it’s very important to note that the source of this information is none other than the book written about Kate by Robert Hoffman. Hoffman’s explosive book, Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World, reads that a woman reached out to Kate’s ex-husband Jon Gosselin back in 2006 and asked him to become a member of a forum for parents of multiples.

“On Dec. 31, 2006, Jon forwarded Kate an email that he had received the day before from the coordinator of something called the ‘MOST’ forum (MOST stands for Mothers of Supertwins). The forum coordinator, ‘Patti. T.’, asked Jon if he would post something to introduce himself and his family on the forum,” Robert wrote in his book. “It is not clear why Patti T.’s email annoyed Kate, but her curt response to Jon about it is offensive. Kate said, ‘These people are r-tarded.’”

Radar Online was reportedly the first site to report Kate Gosselin’s alleged used of the offensive term. They reached out to the Special Olympics who shortly thereafter issued their own statement of disappointment in the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star’s choice of words.

“We encourage people to go to R-Word.org and take the pledge. It’s important because it’s respect toward everyone,” a Special Olympics rep said in a written statement.

Do you think Kate Gosselin truly used this derogatory term in that email or is this something that Robert Hoffman simply made up? It’s a hideous word that sheds an unfavorable light on those who may learn differently or learn at a different pace. It’s definitely not a word anyone–but most especially any mother–should ever use.

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Marion Hatcher

    she made a bad choice of words, but I don,t think she was attacking anyone w/ disabilities, people caring their feelings on their shoulders, getting offended over every little thing. Live and let live!

  • danni

    Another case of much ado about nothing…..

  • Cheryl Copelin

    Retarded means slow. I agree with danni “Much ado about nothing”
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  • HereWeGo_Again

    2006?? In a private email? This whole thing is retarded!

  • Stephen Wood

    Nothing attributed to that woman would surprise me. Whatever human being was originally in that body has been replaced by this celebrity wannabe. I think she probably said it.

  • Ryan Wolfe

    I have never seen one episode of her show and I’m in no way a fan. Who cares if she used the word retarded to describe someone. It’s an adjective that means slow. If she had called the person a retard, then I could understand the outrage. Lighten up folks.

  • lilbirdy

    They have to dig really deeply to find dirt on this woman. Leave her alone.

    • Demon X

      Leave her alone? You got to be kidding she does this to her self get it straight.

      • Deborah

        You are gullible to believe every story you read online. The media twists and spins every story in order to destroy lives by people like you who actually read it and then lash out without basis or fact other than what someone told you. I wouldn’t want to be your friend.

        • bee

          If you have watched any episodes of her reality show, seen her on talk shows, DWTS, or Wife Swap…there is NOTHING to twist. Whether this story is true or not I don’t know.

          What I do know is that I have seen enough of her…speaking in her own words…and watching her actions that she knows is being taped…to know that she is a nasty person. She lashes out and throws tantrums when she doesn’t get her own way.

          Knowing that, my guess is that she didn’t like how things were going with this group (probably because it wasn’t all about her) and lashed out and called them that.

          SHE is the reason she is so unlikeable, not the media.

          Demon X got it right on by saying she does this to herself.

  • phuck ewe

    how ridiculous…. a retard is a retard. just because some don’t like the word.. oh well.. get over it.. if your kid is mentally… eff’d up.. ITS A RETARD.. GET REAL… and since kate is the mother of multiples…. SHES A RETARD HERSELF

  • Retard

    “The word has no business being used in any context within the English language these days.”… Is this author retarded or something? In the Vietnam war they dropped tons of retarded bombs, or did the military rename them “mentally challenged bombs”? if so, I must have missed that memo.

  • Bicycle Girl

    If Kate would like to see ‘retarded’, she need not look further than her own mirror and as someone who’s claim to fame is breeding a litter of rats, she has NO room to talk.

  • jesus

    RETARDED IS NOT A SLUR, IT IS A REAL WORD.
    “RETARD” IS A SLUR.
    GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT PEOPLE. IN ANY EVENT, WHO CARES. SHE USED THE WORD RETARDED…BOO HOO. TO HELL WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. FREE SPEECH IS FREE SPEECH.

    • phuck ewe

      get educated …
      re·tard
      verb
      verb: retard; 3rd person present: retards; past tense: retarded; past participle: retarded; gerund or present participle: retarding
      riˈtärd/
      1.
      delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment.
      “his progress was retarded by his limp”
      synonyms:delay, slow down, slow up, hold back, hold up, set back, postpone, put back, detain, decelerate; More
      hinder, hamper, obstruct, inhibit, impede, check, restrain, restrict, trammel;
      literarystay
      “the process is retarded by bureaucratic red tape”
      antonyms:accelerate

  • MamaBear3

    Well, nobody claimed that she was a genius

    • bee

      lol, so true!

  • Heytherenow…

    Oh brother this is so retarded!

  • barackem1

    Arrogant word police have spread far more hate than any hate that they try to stop. They seem to believe that they can define the world for others even as they feel completely entitled to mischaracterize the hearts and minds of those who don’t completely submit to the terms and rules of the entitled. They feel so entitled that they honestly seem to believe that by doubling down on the hate, they will eliminate hate. They feel so entitled that they don’t even have to consider other points of view. They smugly celebrate it when others of the same mind picket their “hateful” neighbors or try to get them fired or shun them or refuse to even take a picture with them. This b*tchy little article is just a small example of the arrogance of the PC police. Such is life. The pendulum swings from one entitled group of bigots to the next from one generation to the next. And the beat goes on……

  • Deborah

    Another definition of retarded is “foolish or stupid” and I believe, as much as the media wants to twist and spin peoples’ words in order to destroy their lives, that is the word she meant. It was a retarded idea to run this story.

  • Deborah

    Is it me or am I the only one that is so sick of this politically correct America we now live in to where everyone gets offended. To those that do, it shows your immaturity and how borish you really are.

  • Joan

    Someone should start a H8 K8 facebook page. Where do I sign?