Tim Shriver

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Tim Shriver asks Stephen to lead a campaign to get people to stop using the r-word. (4:51)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE CHAIRMAN

AND THE C.E.O. OF THE SPECIAL

OLYMPICS.

I HOPE HE'S READY TO TIME ME ON

MY TEN YARD DASH.

PLEASE WELCOME TIM SHRIVER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, TIM, THANKS FOR COMING ON.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: I'M MORALLY

OFFENDED TO HAVE A GUEST WITH

BETTER HAIR THAN I DO.

>> WE COULD HAVE A HAIR OFF.

YOU HAVE SO MUCH DBOOP IN YOURS

GGOOP IN YOURS.

>> Stephen: GOOP?

IT'S A PROTECTEDDIVE SHIELD.

I'M UNDER THESE LIGHTS ALL DAY.

YOU ARE THE CHAIRMAN AND C.E.O.

THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT GETTING

RID OF HOW PEOPLE STOP USING THE

R WORD.

WHAT IS THE R WORD?

>> IT'S THE OLD LANGUAGE WE USED

TO USE TO DESCRIBE PEOPLE WITH

INTELLECTUAL DIFFERENCES.

WE USED TO CALL THEM MENTALLY

RETARDED, RETARDS, RETARDED

PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: I WOULD PREFER YOU

NOT USE THAT TERM.

>> THANK YOU.

THEN THE SHOW IS OVER.

THANKS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S HOW WE

SOLVE THING.

THIS IS MORE INTERESTING THAN

THE PAC CONVERSATION ALREADY

STPHOFRPBLGTS NOT TO ME.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG PROBLEM?

IS IT USED THAT MUCH ANYMORE?

>> I REPRESENT 3.5 MILLION

ATHLETES ALL OVER THE WORLD, 180

COUNTRIES WHERE THEY COMPETE ALL

YEAR ROUND.

THEY HAVE ONE GOAL.9รง

THEIR GOAL IS TO PLAY SPORTS AND

SHOW THE WORLD THAT PEOPLE CAN

PLAY TOGETHER, LIVE TOGETHER AND

SHOW THEM RESPECT.

THE WORD RETARD HAS BECOME THE

SYMBOL FOR THEM, NOT FOR ME BUT

FOR THEM OF THE IDEA THAT THEY

DON'T COUNT.

>> Stephen: AT ONE TIME THAT

WAS THE PROPER WORD, RIGHT?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THE PROPER

TERM NOW?

WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST?

>> SAY PEOPLE FIRST.

DON'T CALL SOMEONE AUTISTIC,

RETARDED, DISABLED, INVALID.

CALL SOMEONE A PERSON WITH -- A

PERSON WITH WHAIR GOOP IN IT AS

AN EXAMPLE.

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S NICE.

THAT'S NICE.

[LAUGHTER]

NOT A GOOPY GUY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S MY

BAPTISMAL NAME.

[LAUGHTER]

>> WE SAY PEOPLE WITH

INTELLECTABILITY DISPOINT I LIKE

THE -- INTELLECTUAL

DISABILITIES.

I LIKE THE WORD DIFF-ABILITY.

>> Stephen: THAT SOUNDS LIKE

YOU HAVE A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT.

>> I SPEND MY WHOLE LIFE ON THIS

AND PEOPLE DON'T GET IT FOR

HOURS, WEEKS AND MONTHS.

AND YOU, BAM.

>> Stephen: CAN I HELP YOU WHY

PEOPLE USE TERMS LIKE THIS?

YOU LOOK AT SOMEBODY WHO IS A

PERSON WITH INTELLECT DISABILITY

AND I SCARES YOU A LITTLE BIT.

THAT MIGHT BE MY CHILD OR ME.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

YOU SAY THE R WORD AT THEM TO

SAY GET AWAY FROM ME AS A PERSON

BECAUSE I DON'T WANT THAT TO BE

PART OF MY PERSONHOOD?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: WHY TAKE AWAY THAT

PROTECTABILITY TO MAKE PEOPLE I

DON'T AGREE WITH OR ARE SCARED

OF SEEM INHUMAN?

IT'S AN EVOLUTIONARY PROTECTIVE

ABILITY THAT WE HAVE?

[LAUGHTER]

>> JON STEWART IS FUNNIER THAN

YOU BUT HE DOESN'T MAKE FUN OF

YOU ALL THE TIME, RIGHT?

[AUDIENCE REACTS] YOU DON'T HAVE

TO MAKE FUN OF PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: HE DOES A COMEDY

SHOW AND I DO A NEWS SHOW.

OKAY?

YOU SAY YOU CANNOT USE WORDS --

>> I DIDN'T SAY YOU CANNOT.

>> Stephen: ISN'T THAT WHAT

YOU ARE -- ISN'T THAT THOUGHT

POLICE?

>> I DON'T WANT TO HE BE A COP.

I WANT TO BE A TEACHER.

AWR LOUD TO BE HUMILIATING,

DEGRADING AND HURTFUL.

I'M APLUD TO PETITION YOU TO

RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU SAY AND ABE

AWARE OF THE OPTION YOU HAVE TO

STOP.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: SO YOU ARE ASKING

ASKING -- YOU ARE ASKING FOR

SELF AWARENESS.

>> I'M ASKING FOR SOCIAL

AWARENESS.

THIS IS A FORGOTTEN POPULATION.

I'M ASKING YOU TO LEAD A

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE AMERICA'S KIDS.

>> Stephen: I HAVE A LOT OF

INFLUENCE OVER YOUNG KIDS.

>> I KNOW YOU DO.

>> Stephen: REMEMBER MY PSA,

OKAY?

HI, I'M STEPHEN COLBERT, KIDS,

DON'T USE THE R WORD.

IT IS TOTALLY GAY.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU'RE WELCOME.

TIM SHRIVER.

CHAIRMAN AND C.E.O. OF THE

SPECIAL O

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