Thursday, October 16, 2008

Denis Leary on autism........can someone spell IGNORANT?


Los Angeles, CA (CNS) - Denis Leary's view on autism has irked the Autism Society of America. The "Rescue Me" actor said in his new book that the buzz around the brain development disorder is caused by parents.

In Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, Leary slams kids with autism as "morons" who are "stupid" and/or just plain "lazy."

He writes, "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."

Unsurprisingly, the Autism Society of America lashes back at the actor, saying, "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."

here is what he had to say of course:

“…If they have (read the book), 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.”

I cannot imagine any FRIEND of his with an autistic child finding this humorous in any way, shape or form. I wouldn't want to be your friend.

NOW READ that statement closely.....there is a KEY word in there.....key phrase.....where he says he supports diagnosis and treatment of "REAL" autism. Guess he is one that thinks a lot of kids with REAL autism don't have REAL autism..... and let's pat him on the back for sitting around WATCHING his friends raise their autistic child. No mention of him HELPING them. AND I guess we all assume (ass-u-me) that you meant HIGH functioning autistic child as any child while they are breathing and still alive would be considered "functioning" whether autistic or not. Yeah....I am nit picky.

MY advice......perhaps Mr. Leary you should re-title your book to WHY I SUCK...leave WE out of it! Just what the world needs.....another trash book......tearing people and things down instead of building them up. And we are to laugh about that? Where's the humor? Did you get picked on Mr. you still get picked on? Is the only way you can GET attention these days is to HOP on the band wagon by MENTIONING AUTISM and then trashing it? Because until you did.....I can honestly say I had not heard anything about you for YEARS!! DECADES!!!!!! So made the news. What a wonderful legacy you are building up to leave behind one day. Won't it be wonderful for you to realize one day the majority of ways you will be REMEMBERED is "oh yeah...wasn't he that one who said autistics were morons and stupid and lazy? " ......."he trashed autistic kids and created chatter about his book....what was it called? I SUCK? WHY I SUCK??????" gee......I don't remember ....." No mention will be made of anything noteworthy you have done to date in your lifetime.....unless that changes of course because as of right now I am not aware of you doing anything noteworthy. This is about as NOTEworthy as your history has been and this is about as NEGATIVE noteworthiness as one can accomplish. Guess you really do understand the whole "SUCK" concept after all.


Maddy said...

Progress nil really, don't you think?
Best wishes

Maddy said...

Now I come to think of it [realized that this chap is an actor and I heard him interviewed on the radio a while back,.....see I can connect the dots eventually].....anyway, what I am wondering now is, if he has written this book, why is it that he has an opinion on autism? Why does he need to share his opinion so publicly? Should make an interesting research project for someone a little more computer/media savvy than me.

kristi said...

What an asshat!

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Sounds like he'll do and say anything to get some attention, good or bad. Yes, his book should be called "Why I Suck"

Christy said...

I couldn't agree with you more Melinda. This guy is definitely the lazy, idiot, moron since he obviously has not taken the time (lazy) to understand (idiot, moron) what autism is and what it encompasses. If anyone is ignorant on this subject, he truly is.

Tanya @ teenautism said...

Who does he think he is? Like he's got autism all figured out!

Tanya @ Teenautism said...

Hi Melinda,

Just stopping by again to let you know that I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing, and that I've tagged you with a blog award over at my site.

Best wishes,
Tanya Savko

Jack and Joann said...

I was wondering if you had read about this fool in the newspaper. This guy is the play manual for how NOT to win friends and influence people. We shouldn't even waste time writing about his ideas. Peace.

Osh said...

Melinda, you said this so much better than I could. Way to go!

Lavinia said...

Pay no attention to this washed-up has-been! Who really never *was* all that and a bag of potato chips!

What an idiot making idiotic statements. Sad way to get publicity/attention. Next!

PAH said...

Reminds me of a few years back when Bill Maher compared retarded children to dogs. Some people are just cruel and lacking any empathy whatsoever. (Maybe we should label them un-pathetics and ostracize them!) Unfortunately, it seems they are getting way more publicity than those who deserve it. Just think if autistics, mentally challenged, etc. got that kind of publicity and the money that follows. I think his book should be titled 'Why I'm an IDIOT and you're Not'