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Rosie Jones’ new documentary: has it caused more harm than good?

Rosie Jones’ new documentary has sparked controversy among the disabled community after its title featured a word that many people with learning disabilities find deeply offensive. The ‘R’ word was historically used as a medical term, but it is now considered an ableist slur, which the learning disability charity Mencap has condemned as ‘unspeakable’. By using the ‘R’ word in the title of the documentary, Rosie, who has cerebral palsy, attempts to highlight how often this hurtful, offensive word is used casually, both on social media and in real life. In the film, Rosie reports a tweet calling her the ‘R’


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