There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can’t compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks . . . to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don’t give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you – yer kid is NOT autistic. He’s just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.” – Denis Leary
The Autism Society of America responded: “For Mr. Leary to suggest that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose autism is ridiculous . . . [His] remarks reflect the same misconceptions of autism being caused by bad or unemotional parenting that were held over 50 years ago.
I don’t even know where to start.
Prior to reading his remarks, I actually liked Denis. Yes, I know he’s crass and a bit hard on the ears, but his style was one I used to laugh at. I think it was his New England accent and hard approach to life that made me laugh vs. whatever he was ranting about. It’s been years since I’ve seen his comedy work, and it will be over my dead body before I see any of it again.
It’s obvious he needs the money. Why else would he have said these hateful things about our children? Only an ignorant, ill-educated, despicable person would say the things he said.
Denis, Michael Savage, and Amanda Peet must be having a grand laugh over this. They’re not living with autism. I”m sure they’re busting a gut at our children’s expense.
First, our kids are called “brats” then we’re called “parasites”. Now, we’re “inattentive mothers and competitive dads”.
Remarks like these are twisted, contemptible, low. Targeting children is despicable.
What’s pathetic is his publisher, Viking Penguin, wasted several trees and fed more crappy chemicals into our environment printing this filth. They are promoters of hate speech.
To me, hate speech is any language that lends itself to the degradation of an individual, group, or community. It also contributes to creating a climate of intolerance.
Age of Autism is correct in saying that Denis understands the power of the autism community. But, I’m curious about one thing…
Does he know how truly powerful we are???
If he doesn’t… he’s about to find out, because he opened a can of worms that he should have steered clear of!