Originally Posted by cupcakeco
ohMyGanache I appreciate your input but please understand that there is a HUGE difference between a forty-something wearing her daughter's clothes and the abuse and misuse of the word in question. I, much like the other posters who have spoken up, indeed realize that this is a cake decorating website, but at times like these recognize that there is a need for education. And I am not fearful to speak up in those times.
If I say "does my butt look fat in these jeans?", that is not an insult to people who are fat.
If I say "I can't write straight - am I arthritic?", it is in no way meant to criticize those with arthritis.
If I ask "I can't get the hang of this - am I retarded?" - I am not making light of the pain anyone who is retarded (or their loved ones) goes through. I am simply making light of my inability to grasp something that seems so simple and wondering if I have a mental deficiency - which is what retardation is (am I wrong?).
I had a retarded uncle. I had a son I was told would be 'retarded' (but thankfully, he recovered). Been there, done that. I know when it is meant to be offensive and when it is not.
I would often stand up for a retarded girl in my middle school who was made fun of and spit on... and I will in no way tolerate the abuse or mocking of someone with a disability - but this just isn't one of those situations. Sorry.
I understand that people get a little hyper-defensive - and I can sympathize. I just think this whole "PC movement" does more harm than good.
And back on topic... I think fondant lettering (ala tappits) looks much better on cakes than free-hand writing anyway, so I say GO FOR IT!!!!