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Andrea Friedman — Actress with Down syndrome and the R Word

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ABILITY Magazine interview: Andrea Friedman, actress with Down syndrome, is asked about the R word. (edited from interview in Archived issue)

Cooper: The other thing that’s happening right now is the controversy over what they call the R word. What is your–

Andrea: Oh, yes. I know.

Cooper: What is your thought about that?

Andrea: About “retarded,” the R word? I don’t really like it at all. It really affected me in many ways, because I’ve been teased a lot. I’ve been teased with that from elementary school, high school, and I didn’t like it. I was going to stand up for myself, but I didn’t have the courage.

And I said something like, “Leave me alone or my sister will come after you.” (laughs)

Cooper: [laughs]

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