hurr hurr derp derp

Why am I still seeing so many people use phrases like “hurr durr” or “herp derp” to indicate some level of silliness or stupidity?

These are ableist terms that essentially originated on 4chan to insult, mock, and harass developmentally disabled people, particularly autistics and folks with Downs Syndrome and similar.

The entire “joke” is ableist in its content. The “joke” is that the speaker is making sounds that are supposed to sound silly and unintelligent. The fact that the speaker sees these sounds as signs of stupidity is ableist because many disabled people make those sounds, regardless of individual intelligence level. (If you can even agree on what to measure as signs of “intelligence” but I digress.)

Please stop writing posts with these terms. Please stop reblogging posts with those terms without criticism. I’m getting so tired of seeing supposed activists put these phrases on their blogs. It’s painful every time I see it.