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A Nashville-area family has filed a lawsuit against Cox Media Group’s talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT, Sarasota, FL for using a picture of a man with Down syndrome on its website, allegedly holding a doctored sign that read “Retarded News.” Bernard and Pamela Holland, whose teenage son Adam was featured in the picture, are seeking millions of dollars from Cox and a clip art vendor.
The picture was apparently posted online by an art teacher who photographed Adam Holland holding up a picture he’d drawn. His parents say in the suit that when they discovered from a friend how the station was using their son’s picture they suffered “severe mental anguish and emotional distress” and are asking the court for punitive damages.
Cox Media Group owns and operates 19 TV stations, 87 radio stations, eight daily newspapers, and many other publications and digital services. Its station WHPT-FM Tampa, known as 102.5 The Bone, broadcasts The Cowhead Show, including a segment called "Retarded News," according to the complaint.
Source: Courthouse News
The Hollands claim two other websites altered their son's photo and used it next to derogatory comments.
Dave Brown's Oswego, N. Y.-based Sign Generator, which charges customers to download images from its website, posted an altered picture of Adam holding a poster saying, "I Love Making Custom Signs," under the heading "Retarded Handicap Generator," according to the complaint.
The Hollands say they also discovered a website that used their son's picture under the caption, "Ben the retarded kid from down the street."
Originally posted by speeddr2000
The spice show is the best on 102.5 the bone. now thats out of the way they paid for the picture to use. now the company who sold it should only be the one sued how ever its not a copyrighted picture. so your hosed. This is the pussafication on america my feelings got hurt i need to sue.
Originally posted by gort51
Grow a backbone people...
the Person in the photo looks happy and gay (true meaning note).
Why not sue the guy that posted it on the www.
Why not sue the person who gave the young man a piece of paper and crayons.
Why not sue the parents for having a Downs Syndrome child in the first place and not aborting if they had the chance.
Why not sue the Hospital, the Doctors, how about sue everybody.
How old were the parents when they had the kid?, if the woman is over 35 yo, the chances of DS is Greatly increased.
These people are getting ridiculous, just like that stupid woman who spilt coffee on herself and sued Maccas.
The law needs to put a stop to this or the "Civilized" World will be one big litigation circus.
Has anybody asked the Kid? Oh He is too "you Know" to answer??? What if he Loves the idea he is on a news station?.....retarded means nothing to him, because he doesnt regard himself as retarded.. He may not even think he is different to anyone else. It is only his Parents and other "Experts" who have made a big deal about it, and regard "Retarded" as an insult, that he is probably aware now, that he is Way Way different.
ITs his parents and other Do Gooders that have ruined his life now, not the "Funny" picture on the TV/www etc.
Its like Fat people are sometimes happy, and think they look ok, and often dont want to be reminded they are Fat and different, they thought they were normal!!!
There are 1000s of " Walmart People" photos on the net, these people should now sue Walmart for allowing other people to carry phones, which take photos, which is in Walmart, which ends up on the www etc etc etc.
Completely discounting they are Fat/Ugly/Stupid/Disgusting or whatever they really are, that THEY themselves created.
This Nanny business has got to end.
Disclaimer, Sorry If I offend, just using the 5th Amendment, or is it the 3rd or 25th...whatever..its free speech and common sense!!