Yep, this is true. The thing wasn’t acceptable from a point going forward. Riding the Bus with My Sister (the Rosie O’Donnell as a mentally impaired person) came out in 2005 and Tropic Thunder was 2008. It’s not possible to say if there actually WAS a tipping point or if it was just outcry from groups like Special Olympics and the ARC. Yep, this is true. It was unfortunate timing mixed with some ignorance. The ‘full retard’ thing wasn’t acceptable from a point going forward.
“Let’s Get Retarded” was the original album track, I don’t know if it ever got airplay on the radio. It was in heavy rotation in my university dorm, however. I didn’t even know it was even changed. “Let’s Get it Started” is the only version I have ever heard. Most people aren’t aware of this! I remember reading a teeny bop magazine during that time that advertised the song with the original title…yikes.
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