The word "lame" is used a lot by many people. Usualy to refer to something that is of poor quality, no fun, not working properly, etc. Most people wouldn’t see a negative connotation to the word. But I do.
Paul Henry, a New Zealand television presenter, is in hot water (again) for using innapropriate language on air. Specifically, he called Susan Boyle a "retard". People are upset about it. He claims there’s nothing wrong with using that word, and that there’s a concerted campaign against him by IHC (a non-governmental organization providing support and care for people with intellectual disabilities).