Emmy winner Jane Lynch is best known for cracking sides and crushing dreams in her role as tough-talkin’ cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on television’s Glee. But when the lights dim on set and Gleeks return to the real world, Lynch knows how painful words can be. That’s why she’s teamed up with R-Word.org; lending her famous voice to the “Spread the Word to End the Word campaign” and a new hardhitting public service announcement (PSA) called “Not Acceptable.”
According to R-Word.org: “This 30-second television PSA gives voice to a variety of diverse communities, each of whom expresses that it is not acceptable to call them by what were once common words, but are now recognized as offensive slurs. It culminates in actress and self-advocate Lauren Potter from Glee stating that it is not acceptable to use the word ‘retard.’ She and Glee co-star Jane Lynch make a call to action to stop using the R-word and to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Lynch’s PSA will air on FOX and numerous cable networks over the coming weeks. It has received the backing of several prominent civil rights organizations, among them the Anti-Defamation League, Special Olympics, GLAAD, Best Buddies, Hispanic Federation, National Puerto Rican Coalition, Asian-American Foundation, AbilityPath.org, and the NAACP.