So there's been a lot of talk within the social media/internet celebrity space recently about JonTron and his use of the word "Retard". The problem with all these PC buzzwords is that it leads us to believe that we are in some way doing these people a great justice by simply calling them something else.
George Orwell says in 1984, "if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." It's my opinion that by introducing all this new, politically correct terminology, we are not doing a service to anyone or anything. Instead, what we are SUCCEEDING in doing, is turning language into a whip made of guilt which we then flagellate ourselves with as if we must make some kind of penance for our shameful ignorance towards a person or group of people. (Now I am no fan of ignorance, but ignorance on its own is excusable as long as it's not WILFUL ignorance. We cannot possibly have an intrinsic understanding of every aspect of the world around us.)
As well, to name something is to define it; and to define it is to impose a set of expectations and parameters on it. To quote Søren Kierkegaard, "Once you label me, you negate me". As human beings, we look to define things instinctively, because it helps us sort the complexities of existence into manageable chunks. The problem however, lies in the fact that this gives us the immediate illusion that we then, by categorizing things, understand them. But this is a serious fallacy. Simply applying a label to something no more helps a person TRULY understand a thing than looking at a cover of a book helps to understand the book's central message and/or themes.
In short, labels are superficial, and we depend and lean on them far too much as all-encompassing explanations for the world around us. So instead of looking at the world (and more specifically people, in this case) through labels, why not instead ENGAGE that person (or group of people) and try to understand what they're about. After all, these are human beings we're talking about here, we're complex creatures, and categorizing us does every one of us a great injustice to what we are all truly capable of.