The people who are criticizing the “Autism Schmautism” chapter in my new book “Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid” clearly have not read it.
Or if they have, they missed the sections I thought made my feelings about autism very clear: that I not only support the current rational approaches to the diagnoses and treatment of real autism but have witnessed it firsthand while watching very dear old friends raise a functioning autistic child.
Okay, Denis. You got me. I didn’t read your book. I saw the comment, put on my armor, and was prepared to battle… major battle!
Do I owe you an apology? I’ll concede. I do. I should have done what I normally do, and that’s to get the facts BEFORE I react.
But you see, I wasn’t only reacting for myself. I was reacting for my son who does not and would not understand that those few lines were “teasers” to something “meaningful”.
Does this mean that I will go out and buy your book? Uh, nope! Last time I checked, none of my tattoos were of the word, “stupid”. Plus, I’m not much for books that call folks out, but I wish you the best in recovering your losses.
And as you can see, we (the autism community) don’t hold back when it comes to our children. You only received a few letters/emails… this time.
Next time, you just might have hate mail coming to you by the truck loads.
You play nice, and we’ll do the same!
Again… my apologies and next time, don’t take any cheap shots at our children for publicity’s sake. It’s not only cheap… it’s downright tacky.
P.S. Looking forward to seeing your response to the comments posted on Age of Autism yesterday. I got quite the giggle.. You really pissed off a lot of people, DL. Hmmm… ever notice how your initials stand for something else? Down low, perhaps? Looks like that’s what you should have done with your autism comments… kept them on the DL.
Goodness. Look at me about to get all militant again just when I said I was sorry. My bad… or is it?
UPDATE (10/17/2008): Read your interview with Vanity Fair, DL!
I will refrain from telling you where you can go, how you can get there, and where you can stick your book… because I’m better than that!!!
You’ve taken a cheap shot at our kids and, you have the gall to call the supporters of the book, Obama Nation, “assholes”?!?!?
Do you really want to rumble with us????
Are you really that stupid????