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Autism Group to CBS: Fire That Retard!

2/18/2008 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Some idiot on "Big Brother 9" has irked more people than usual by referring to people with autism as "retards." Moron.
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TMZ has obtained this letter from John Gilmore, Executive Director of Autism United, to Viacom bigwig Sumner Redstone and CBS, demanding that they take action after a segment aired on Wednesday's show featuring Adam Jasinski making the unfortunate remark. According to the letter, Gilmore claims CBS made a "conscious choice" in running the quote -- and used it for "their own personal goals."


The organization calls for "Big Brother 8" (oops) to be canceled, and expects an apology to people with autism. Gilmore also tells TMZ they've contacted the show's advertisers.

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ASweetLoveSong    

I have a 4 year old son with autism and I cringed when I heard him say what he said and it's people like him that I have nightmares about. People who work with special needs children who dont give a crap about them and who abuse your kids. I weep for the future... he's an ass.

2315 days ago
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mook    

this show should have been canceled a long time ago

2352 days ago
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Greatful to be away, myself    

that's retarded!

2352 days ago
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KatDVS    

So silly cause I believe CBS showed Shelia his "perfect match" chastising him for the remark. Its not like everyone was agreeing with his use of the word.

2352 days ago
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40's are great    

I couldn't believe it when I heard the comment watching the show. While I agree CBS deliberately aired that segment for ratings, it is the organization that employs Adam that needs to fire him. We have the power of choice here in the US of A, turn the chanel.

2352 days ago
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Lenn K.    

Politically correct is soo out of control.

2352 days ago
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lele    

how sad is it that only one person in that conversation came to the defence of the autistic children.i personally think that whole group should be sent home.

2352 days ago
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Jennifa O Jenny    

That's a bit over the top to ask that the show be cancelled because one person is an idiot.

2352 days ago
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Kat    

I have a daughter who has autism. I think an apology is sufficient.

2352 days ago
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Lisa    

Politically correct may seem out of control until it affects you. My son has Autism and I do not appreciate this comment at all!

2352 days ago
11.

John    

I agree his comment was a little harsh, but the real douche is that b*tch he has for a partner, Sheila.

GO PARKER FROM TMZ!!

2352 days ago
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baby girl    

Someone has chosen to be offended again? Amazing!

2352 days ago
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Loves it    

it's harsh but i think they should just take him off the show, not cancel the show jeez
here's something that needs to be cancelled, seriously
http://digitalfuntown.squarespace.com/dft-blog/2008/2/15/offbeat-japanese-turbo-time.html

2352 days ago
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Little Bit    


After what happened last nighti the house, I think this season should just be canceled. The houseguests are dull,spiteful
idiots.(ok not all of them-Parker is on exception)
Adam did express remorse for what he said-but his attitude of 'I can do and say whatver' is worse then what he said.

2352 days ago
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Nor Cal Reader    

It only takes ONE complaint to the F.C.C. to start an investigation which could result in serious fines if the complaining person is offended by what they heard or saw.

Your government dollars at work.

2352 days ago
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