*** FINAL UPDATE: And just like that…. a site that talks about decorating cupcakes, garage sales, silly toddlers and cute babies with Down syndrome… I’ve had to block IP addresses. I apologize for anyone that has been offended by the nature of this discussion.. I too, have been offended. Please know this was not my intent.. I’m simply a mom who loves her baby. Going forward…. harmful and off-topic comments will result in the user’s IP address blocked immediately. ***
** UPDATE: Numerous large advertisers have pulled advertising from the Wonkette since the initial post. Within the last few hours, the “writer” has since apologized for the post. You can find his statement here. My feelings, however…have not changed. **
Today the political blog, Wonkette poked fun at it being Sarah Palin’s son’s birthday. And I bet you’re thinking it had to do with politics… nope. Palin’s son Trig has Down syndrome. In addition to many demeaning and terrible statements, “writer” (and I use that word lightly) Jack Stuef said this in his “story” –
What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.
As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, consider me sad, angry and confused. I believe in free speech, but this just goes too far. This is much bigger than politics….this is a full on attack to a mother and her child. I feel there is no purpose to his “article” except causing harm to others…and ultimately cause a storm of site visits and recognition.
I know there will be times in my daughter’s future where we will face individuals who find it funny and “cool” to make fun of others. I plan on crossing the bridge as I get to it… and for now, I will fight in defending others who are attacked over their disability.
As I’ve said many times before, my daughter (and every child with Down syndrome) is just like any other child – she eats, she sleeps, laughs, plays and cries..she just has an extra chromosome.
I encourage you to join me in signing the petition at Change.org asking Wonkette to apologize for mocking Down syndrome. Wonkette needs to be held accountable for their actions. I hope their advertisers are aware that their dollars are going to a site that trivializes disabilities.
UPDATE: Apparently, the domain www.JackStuef.com was available for purchase this evening and from what I’ve read online, someone bought it and redirected it to the National Down Syndrome Society’s donation page. Kudos to the smart person who came up with that idea!
(Editor note: To be fair, I provided a link to this story. It hurts me to think that I’m helping their cause in providing them with more site hits.)