So here we are again, almost three months to the day since Savage uttered those infamous words: ” In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’ ” And now Denis (one “n” please) Leary, a man whom I have always admired and found very funny for his outlook on life is now saying: “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.”
And all though I don’t disagree with Savage’s take on the rise in autism he did not handle this well at all. However, Leary on the other hand just baffles my mind. Was this a publicity stunt to sell his latest book? Is he truly that ignorant to what autism is? He claims to have close family friends who have children with autism. If that is the case then how can he be so ignorant to this issue. I wonder just how close these family friends feel toward Leary right now. Now he is back peddling and trying, as Savage did; to explain away his insensitive statements. To view the back peddling go HERE. He also advises that people read the book and particularly the chapter entitled “Autism Schmautism” (another ploy at selling his book?). Which I fully plan on doing. However, I will not be buying the book. I am the second person on my local libraries waiting list for this book. A book the library doesn’t even have a copy of yet. When I get the book I will photo copy this chapter and if need be will include it verbatim in a later post. And yeah I know copyright laws and all that crap but as far as I am concerned he lost all copy right privilege when he decided to go after autistic children in the first place. Let’s see what Leary really meant.
I hope this event doesn’t become a quarterly battle for us; the parents and the children who are fighting every single day. I have more pressing issues to be dealing with then having to comment on every idiot who comes down the road proclaiming that autism equates to our kids being brats or stupid or lazy.