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Monday, April 16, 2012


This afternoon, a friend of a child with a disability put something on FB that caught my eye. It was from a very, supposedly, reputable online store.

They were selling a book titled: Duh... - 101 Reasons You Might Be a Retard


Needless to say I have sent them a complaint email... have a read of my email below.

Appalled, shocked, outraged, offended.... this doesn't even begin to describe what I felt when I saw a book for sale on your website, called: Duh... - 101 Reasons You Might Be a Retard

I am the mother of a 3.5 year old disabled girl. She has physical and intellectual disability's. For someone to say that my daughter is disabled, is not offensive. This is true, this is a fact. For someone to call her a retard or retarded is unbelievably offensive.

On your website in the book description it states, the following:

Is it genetic or influenced by environment? The answer really doesn't matter, but what does matter is being able to identify a retard.

WTF?? Are you serious? This book is making an absolute mockery and joke of people with disabilities and those who care for them. To use such a word and to create and actually sell a book with this title in this day and age is truly offensive. People with disability's are human. They deserve respect, and dignity as do all humans.

This book needs to be removed from your site, and needs a world wide ban on it. The author, well... lets just say, what I would like to say about him, probably shouldn't be printed... but I'm sure you get my drift.

One last word, I noticed that the book is only for sale for $0.99c. Is that desperate for a F***ing $$$ That they need to resort to selling such obscene, offensive crap.

I would love to see a reply to my complaint...

From one very outraged mother of an absolutely beautiful disabled girl

(Watch this space)


  1. Well done Melissa. How absolutely disgraceful. How could a book like that get published.

  2. you go girl! loved the email!!! let us know what they reply. WANKERS!!!!!!
    <3 Bridg

  3. i cant believe it, did they ever respond to you? im lost for words, i would also like to post your blog on our APD group if i may?

    1. Hi nancy, they did respond, but it was with a generic type answer that actually didn't even address my complaint at all. I sent a not so nice email back. A friend also sent a brief complaint and the book has now been removed. It should never have been written or published, let alone put it up for sale. I am happy for you to post a link on you APD group.

  4. I'm trying to get to an Amazon rep. I have been receiving notices allegedly from Amazon telling me that my order has been cancelled (now three times). The orders, if legitimate, were never placed by me. Trying to find out if Amazon's records are screwed up or if someone is attempting a scam. Help.