Rosie Jones opens up about hard-hitting ableism documentary 'Am I a r*tard?'

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30 Jun 2023, 12:09

(L-R) Rosie Jones in a green outfit, and Rosie posing on red carpet in yellow ruffled dress

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Comedian and writer Rosie Jones has teamed up with Channel 4 for a new hard-hitting documentary about ableism and some of the horrifying slurs she has received.

A first screening of 'Rosie Jones: Am I A R*tard' took place recently, and Rosie shared an Instagram post about the praise it received.

In a post on the social media platform, Rosie explained why she has made the programme: "I’ve made a documentary for Channel 4 about online abuse and the ableism that I and all other disabled people receive,"

The title is bound to cause conversation, says Rosie: "The title of the film has a very shocking word in it. The R word. I get it, a lot of people will find this word very shocking and upsetting, but in my opinion society doesn’t take this word and other ableist forms of language as seriously as any form of abuse from any other minorities."

Rosie continues: "So I said to channel 4 “let's do it, let's tackle the problem head on and use that word in the title.'

The comedian reckons the title will make people change their way of thinking: "Then hopefully people will think twice about using the word and other ableist slurs ever again."

Rosie is shown looking at some shocking trolling messages that a team had blocked from her social media.

Seeing the slurs on a big screen was shocking for Rosie: "Joel is showing me over 400 messages they’ve blocked. It's amazing how three words have just reduced me down to my disability."

She says honestly: "I feel like every negative thought I've ever had about myself, I can go online and find strangers saying it back to me. I knew it would be hard to look at the messages but if I’m honest, I’m more upset than I thought I would be."

'Rosie Jones: Am I a r*tard?' will be on Channel 4 soon.