Clearly, You're Retarded was the radio show with Adam Avitable and Britt Reints

The relaunch of “Clearly, You’re Retarded”

On Wednesday, February 2nd, at 9 PM EST, join me on Talkshoe for the new relaunch of my online radio show, “Clearly, You’re Retarded”! Click here to add it to your Google calendar.

Here is where I anticipate your imaginary questions about the relaunch:

Q: Isn’t using the word “retarded” insulting and offensive?

A: The word “retarded” is being used to mean “with diminished intellectual capacity”, and I contend that it’s an appropriate word given the context. Some of my closest friends hate that I use that word, but I find that it has the impact that I require.

Q: What will the show be about?

A: It’s going to be an open-format show, where I’ll talk, take calls, and otherwise just fill an hour with my jibber-jabber.

Q: Didn’t you have a far superior iteration of this show when you argued about topics with Britt? Why aren’t you doing that?

A: It was an excellent show, but we exhausted the topics on which we disagreed and it ran its course. While I don’t think it could be as good as the original show, it will be its own creature.

Q: How do I listen?

A: It’s easy – go to Talkshoe and download the Talkshoe Pro client for free. It will let you listen in on the show, chat in the chatroom, and call in if you feel like it.

Q: What if I can’t listen live?

A: That’s no problem. The show page will have the show available for mp3 download, or you can just subscribe to the iTunes podcast.

Q: Can I suggest topics or be a guest?

A: Sure! Well, maybe. Once I get the format figured out, I’ll start having guests on, and if there are topics you’d like to see discussed, you can email me or comment with them and I’ll definitely consider them.

Q: Can my kids listen?

A: Probably not. Unless you’re old so your kids are over 18.

Q: Would you say you have a face made for radio?

A: Absolutely.

I hope to see you all there in the chatroom on Wednesday night at 9 PM EST!

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37 Replies to “The relaunch of “Clearly, You’re Retarded””

  1. tony hunt

    clearly i’m retarded. but california and canada have totally got me beat.
    I don’t mind helping answer questions though. 😉
    If it’s really necessary, I can answer for California and Canada too.
    shutting up now.

  2. B.E. Earl

    I say retarded all the time. But I try to steer away from it in polite company. I know, I know…”everyone is offended by something, blah, blah, blah”, but I’ve seen this one be hurtful up close. So I do my best to censor myself. It’s too often used as an insult instead of the way that you are using it.

  3. Elizabeth Kaylene

    I was thinking about the word “retarded” a while ago, actually, and how it all depends on how it’s used. It definitely isn’t right to call someone retarded, but technically, the word means “to repel,” as in “flame-retardant.” It’s also a condition. I’d kick anyone’s ass who called my boyfriend’s little brother retarded, but to say, “this is retarded,” or to use it in the name of a show isn’t offensive. It’s all in how it’s used. Some people don’t like the word at all, and I respect that; I didn’t like it for a long time, myself. But it must be the word nerd in me, because once I started thinking about its meaning, it became less offensive to me.

    ANYWAY. I hope the show goes well! I’ve done a guest spot on BlogTalkRadio once. It was a lot of fun, and made me want to do my own show. I’m not sure what I’d do, though, so I’m still thinking about it (three years later, hahaha). I’ll try to remember to listen in!

    • Avitable

      @Paula, I have a cousin who has Downs Syndrome and the friend I linked to in the post (wherein I explain the particular and specific context of using the word) has two disabled children, one of whom passed away several years ago. I’m well aware that it’s a controversial word, and I contend and can defend my use of it when it’s used according to its proper definition.

    • Avitable

      @mike, and clearly you don’t know the meaning of the word ignorant. If I know better and made an educated decision to use a word that some people find offensive, it makes me an asshole, not ignorant.

  4. Nancy [Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas]

    Congrats on the relaunch. I can’t wait to hear it, even if it has to be the tape delay (due to the time zone shift and inevitable presence of small children). I’m not a fan of the title, but the show and the hosts clearly make up for it. Perhaps you should rebrand.

    Some suggested titles?

    The Avita-balls hour
    I’m an asshole. You’re an asshole. Let’s be assholes together.
    Clearly you’re more than “touched.”

  5. Stimey

    Hey, you. I have to tell you that I’ve been ruminating on this post for a couple days now. I was going to just quietly fade away, but I can’t. I’ve been intrigued by you for a long time, but never read your blog because of the name of your radio show. At some point I became aware that you no longer had an icon with that horrible word on your site and I started reading and listening to what you had to say. I thought maybe you’d had a come to Jesus sort of revelation about the word. Clearly not. I fully respect your right to use the word and I know that if Tanis’ influence can’t change the way you think about it, then nothing will. At the very least, I appreciate that you’ve thought about the word. What I don’t understand is why, when you know that something is so hurtful on such a fucking fundamental level to people you consider your closest friends, why do you continue to not just use the word, but celebrate it? I hate being the asshole, who is all UNFOLLOW!, but I have to. I just can’t be hit in the face over and over with that word, especially on days like today when I am in tears because my autistic kid couldn’t hack a half-hour occupational therapy appointment. Take care. Good luck and godspeed. 🙂

    • Avitable

      @Stimey, thank you for commenting. I hope you understand what I’m saying about the context in which I use it and, as I have a relative with Down’s and several friends with autistic and developmentally disabled children, I’m sensitive to the issue.

      If you’ve noticed, the image for the show actually doesn’t contain that word at all, and I’m in the process of rebranding it along the lines of KFC rebranding from Kentucky Fried Chicken to KFC. I plan on calling the show “CYR” and not using the word “retarded” over and over again.

      I don’t celebrate the word, but it also has its place and its definition. I’m sorry that the word alone has such power that it overrides the rest of the words that I use, but I understand. You’re not an asshole, and you have every right to the feelings that you’re having right now.

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