British director Guy Ritchie has been attacked by campaigners for a disabilities group after he dubbed his ex-wife Madonna as "retarded".
Richie made the comment in an Esquire magazine interview, during which he reflected on his divorce from the pop superstar.
"I still love her. But she's retarded, too," he had said.
The quip appeared to refer to Madonna's outburst during a gig on her Sticky & Sweet tour shortly after their 2008 split, when she gave a shout-out to the "emotionally retarded" audience, before adding, "You may know a few people like that. God knows I do."
But the director's use of the term has upset representatives from disabilities advocate The Arc, reports imdb.com.
"Use of the R-word demeans people with intellectual disabilities," said a spokersperson from The Arc.