August 3, 2008

Quiz: pick out the retarded cop

Filed under: humor, News — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 12:00 pm

Today’s quiz: which is the retarded cop?

Contestant #1 is the star of many short videos.  Here is one:

Contestant #2 is Ozark, Missouri Police Capt. Thomas Rousset, who explained why his officers tasered a young man 19 times as he lay by the side of the road with multiple broken bones after a 30 foot fall.  The 16 year old young man had fallen 30 feet from a bridge causing a concerned citizen to call 911 to obtain medical help.  Our esteemed contestant explained the cops were threatened by the young man with the broken back.
“He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him. He is making incoherent statements; he’s also making statements such as, ‘Shoot cops, kill cops,’ things like that. So there was cause for concern to the officers,” said Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset.

Edit 8/20/08: For some reason, you guys did very badly at this quiz.  The answer is #2 – the police Capt.  Contestant #1 plays the role of the ‘Retarded Cop’, from the video series of the same name.  For those that have complained about being offended, the actor Josh Perry (thanks PlookyPlok) has a video response.  Watch:


  1. I don’t get why the need to use the word retarded. You could have had the same effect and used incompetent.

    Comment by missionmom — August 3, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

  2. Glad you commented. I used the term ‘retarded’ because a) it linked to the title of the videos I wanted to reference and support; and b) I wanted a term that is more associated with the medical condition of the actor so people will initially guess Contestant #1 as the answer, until they see Contestant #2. ‘Incompetent’ wouldn’t have worked for me because people do not tend to use the term for people with Down Syndrome, so they won’t guess #1 right away. Also, I do not like the current overuse of euphemisms, which distract from dealing with more important issues.
    Upon reflection, I think I should have used, ‘Which one is the tardo, who needs to wear a faceguard so he doesn’t poke himself in the eye with his police badge and drool all over his police reports?’. The answer is, of course, contestant #2.

    Comment by skeptisys — August 4, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  3. Guessing from your response that you must be about 16 or 17 years old. Many years from now, you might have a child with special needs. Imagine that. It can happen to you. Wonder how you’ll feel then throwing around the word retarded? My guess is you’ll have the same reaction that I had.

    Comment by missionmom — August 4, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  4. I am not sure you read or understood my response. The only person I called retarded is the policeman referred to as ‘contestant #2’. Since the inception of the medical term ‘mental retardation’ to refer to certain people who score low on IQ tests, the term has been associated with people with Down syndrome. I am trying to alter that link by this post. I expect people to think after reading this post, “no the first person is not retarded – he does a great job acting, it is the 2nd guy who is the real retarded individual, unable to function in society.”
    I have spent much time with Down Syndrome patients, in one capacity I was coaching them in basketball. We got along very well and they enhanced my life, even though they understood I had special needs – we all have special needs. You can’t solve their medical condition by using language that pretends it doesn’t exist.
    The guy who created this videos with his, um.. specially challenged brother, understand that we want them to be a part of our everyday life, for us and not just for them. Your method of insulting anyone who uses the wrong word just forces others to reject them from their mind, try to pretend they don’t exist – so they won’t be insulted. Your intentions may be good, but your method will fail and do more harm than good. Consider it your special need.

    Comment by skeptisys — August 5, 2008 @ 10:15 am

  5. So we’re not allowed to use a term that we might find offensive later if our circumstances change? Josh Perry is the actor in the “Retarded Policeman” shorts. His mom and dad are in one episode. They have a “special needs” child and do not seem offended by the word. If you are offended by the word stop typing it into search engines — or are you a regular Skeptisys reader? Skeptisys can’t help it if he’s 17 years old. Perhaps violent video games have retarded his sense of compassion.

    Comment by Plookyplok — August 12, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  6. Thanks for the info. Josh Perry taped a response to all those who are offended by “Retarded Policeman” I am adding that video response to the post above.

    Comment by skeptisys — August 20, 2008 @ 10:24 am

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