Here’s what went down…. on Saturday, Steve and Marjorie were chilling at home when she decided to post one of their kitchen moments on Instagram. In the video, they playfully dispute who cuts beets better: Marjorie or Steve.
“I’m sitting here arguing with my husband, ’cause clearly, he thinks I’m retarded [and] I don’t know how to cut a beet,” Marjorie says in the video.
Watch the clip below.
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Marjorie’s use of the word “retarded,” left many folks feeling a certain way, and Mrs. Harvey was blasted for being insensitive to those with disabilities.
As noted by ILOSM, Marjorie’s playful description didn’t seem to be intentionally mocking the mentally challenged, however, for those who are/or have loved ones with developmental issues, using the term, “retarded” is no different than a non-Black person playfully using the term “nigger.”
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Many fans flooded Marjorie’s IG post with reactions to her remarks. But Steve was quick to jump in and defend his wife, writing:
“What you trippin bout cause my wife said the word retarded ….it’s a word ain’t it? and she ain’t talking bout nobody but herself tome, now man Sh_t what she was doing was just that and she ain’t saying it bout nobodies baby…. I don’t ever comment but dam is you just looking for something to be pissed off about cause we ain’t and I wrote it retarded. NAH!!”
See Steve’s post below.
Once he decided to jump in and stand up for his wife, many fans were quick to pop off.
Check out a sample of the comments below:
tonypenny1968: Remember when you decided it would be a good idea to meet with president-elect Donald Trump and then participate in a photo op with him? Remember when people called you a coon and an Uncle Tom because of it? Remember how that made you feel? That’s the same sting that people with special needs and their loved ones feel whenever someone uses the word retarded. Steve I love your humor, your relentless work ethic, and your commitment to the community. I just wish you could understand why this word is so hurtful. Happy Resurrection Sunday.
oakssuzanne: Just lost all respect for youso beyond disappointed by your choice of word used and your thinking upon this situation that you choosed this word. Pure ignorance. Stupidity would be a better choice of words. Not a disability!!! Expected backlash. #momofdschild #retartardusedfreely
sry_mrs.jackson: @iamsteveharveytv It’s an issue because retarded is a word used to mock those with mental retardation. You don’t have to calling a being who had disabilities retarded in order for it to be offensive just like a white person doesn’t have to call a black person a nigger in order for it to be offensive. Being that I have a son with special needs I hate that word and yes I use to say it until I had a child and understood the term. I literally had to have this convo with my sis-in-law who always uses the word slow. She’s always like man you slow lol. But it’s not funny when you are using someone’s disability as a mockery even if the person your not talking to isn’t “slow”.
There were some who agreed with Steve, with many leaving comments similar to this:
robinfromjersey: @iamsteveharveytv AINT nothing wrong with the way your wife used the word retarted. I’m agreeing with you!! People are so uptight. Love you guys!!