Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Disappointed with Denis Leary

Yes, I understand his humor, but I cannot stomach what Denis Leary is saying about Autism. Below, you will find a copy of the article from and you will see my post below it.

Here's the link:

Denis Leary Blames "Inattentive Mothers" on Autism Crisis
Wednesday October 15, 2008

In his new book, Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, Denis Leary writes that autism is a joke.

"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."

The Autism Society of America has fired back: "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."

6:19 PM MichelleD in AZ Says:
Thank you 4:03pm for the information about Denis Leary's hometown firehouse raising money for Autism.
I have been a fan of Leary's since his comedy spots on Mtv long ago. Being a New Yorker, I naturally loved his show 'Rescue Me' for its tribute to NYC firefighters. Sadly, Denis Leary lost a fan today because of his ridiculous statements. I have a son on the Autism Spectrum. It is opinions like Leary's that hold us back from making more advances in research for this terrible disorder.

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