John Green Knows He Shouldn’t Have Used the ‘R-word’ in Paper Towns

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At Vulture Festival last month, author John Green told us that, if he had to do it over again, he'd rely a little less on Walt Whitman's influence for Paper Towns. But that's nothing compared to the regret he feels for using a particular slur in the same book.

A fan on Twitter recently expressed her disappointment that Green deployed the word "retard" in a line in the aforementioned book ("sometimes he’s so retarded that he becomes kind of brilliant," one character says). Green responded:

And while Jerry Seinfeld might think he's being too p.c., Green says the slur won't be included in the book's film adaptation, and he's done using it for good.