The R Word: Jane Lynch, Lauren Potter Speak Out Against Racism, Intellectual Disability Discrimination

05/25/2011 09:38 am ET | Updated Jul 25, 2011

Her "Glee" character Sue Sylvester may be caustic and a bit foul mouthed, but off the screen, Jane Lynch is working to stamp out hateful, discriminatory language. That she's in her cheerleader coach garb just adds to the impact.

Lynch stars with her "Glee" cast mate Lauren Potter in a jarring new PSA against the derisive use of the words "retard" and "retarded" in everyday language and to encourage inclusion of those with intellectual disabilities. By comparing the word's derisive connotations with that of racial slurs, the campaign, spearheaded by a number of entertainment executives, urges the silencing of the term in its derisive context.


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