Well, I guess things have improved somewhat since I was in my twenties, since the outrage directed at Joe Scarborough prompted him to make what he regards as an apology. But for the many terrified autistic Children Of The ’80s and Powell types who are already afraid to even talk to people because of his original spew of rubbish, this would not even be good enough if it were a sincere apology.
In order to make you understand what I mean, I will quote part of Jo(k)e’s original statement at 0609 hours EDT on Monday July 23:
“You have these people that are somewhere I believe probably on the autism scale – I don’t know if that’s the case here but it happens more often than not.”
Oh, I am sorry, Jo(k)e. You seriously thought that people who have spent their lives being abused by people like you for being born different to those in power would not get angry to the point of violence at this statement?
But hold on, it gets even worse. This is what Scarborough thinks qualifies as an apology:
“The growing Autism epidemic is a tremendous burden for children, parents and loved ones to endure,” he wrote to the website. “My call for increased funding and awareness for Autism and other mental health conditions was meant to support the efforts of those who work every day to improve the lives of Americans impacted. Those suggesting that I was linking all violent behavior to Autism missed my larger point and overlooked the fact that I have a wonderful, loving son with Aspergers. Perhaps I could have made my point more eloquently.
“I look forward to continuing my work with wonderful organizations like Autism Speaks to provide badly needed support to millions of Americans who struggle with Autism every day,
This is your idea of apologising, Jo(k)e? Seriously, if your son does not kill you, someone like me is going to. You might think I am just making an idle threat or outletting rhetoric. You are sorely mistaken. To us, this “apology” from you is nothing more than the equivalent of an “I’m sorry, nigger” to the Black Panther that has just taken offense to your Klan uniform.
In order to illustrate this point, I am going to dissect your so-called apology point by point and describe exactly what is wrong with it. If you do not like that, quite frankly, I do not care. Let us begin, shall we?
The growing Autism epidemic is a tremendous burden for children, parents and loved ones to endure
I think this sets a new record for people trying to weigh in on the “autism epidemic” and making an ass of themselves. Normally, even people from Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes wait at least a couple of dozen words before sticking their foot so far in their mouth that they know the shoe size of their tonsils.
First of all, there is no autism epidemic. Never has been, never was, and never will be. You see, unlike you, Jo(k)e, I actually get my facts concerning autism from people like Professor Anthony Attwood. I use the title Professor next to his name for a reason. You see, unlike the people you make clear you are getting your “facts” (and I mean that, “facts”, not facts) from, Anthony Attwood went to school for a number of years and earned a doctorate in psychology. You see, Attwood also has a child who is autistic. Unlike you, he went to the trouble of learning the facts, not just accepting whatever a snake oil salesman told him. And whilst there are a few fine details concerning autism that I disagree with him from a personal experience angle about, one thing he says that I take as gospel is that the percentage of Human beings who are autistic has not changed relative to the population since the dawn of mankind. Does that surprise you? Good.
I am also going to forward this page to my mother and ask her to comment on it. The reason being that I believe when I say that there is a burden associated with autism, but the burden itself is more or less completely unconnected with autism. The burden is the incredible level of ignorance prevalent in our society, both when I was born and now, concerning autism. I think that my mother will agree with me that without ignorance like yours and that which you are pushing out to the public, especially around the time of my birth, my life would be very different today. This is what I am talking about when I say that ignorance is only bliss for the ignorant. You, Jo(k)e are so ignorant that you must be in perpetual orgasm.
My call for increased funding and awareness for Autism and other mental health conditions was meant to support the efforts of those who work every day to improve the lives of Americans impacted.
Have I misread something somewhere, Jo(k)e? How, exactly, does telling the world that you “believe probably” that people who coordinate an attack with firearms upon people who were merely there for enjoyment are somewhere on the “autism scale” correlate with calling for increased funding and awareness for autism?
By the way, autism is not a mental health condition. You are going to hate hearing Anthony Attwood‘s name, but I am going to keep repeating it because you could learn a few things from him. Steven Spielberg‘s family went to the trouble of doing exactly that. You see, he and I are in agreement that autism is a set of mutations in the structure of the brain with highly variable results. Would you like me to repeat what he said about tests confirming in the sense of taking pictures that the amygalae of autistic individuals tend to be smaller?
This is what I am talking about when I say that you are so ignorant that you must be in perpetual orgasm. It is also what I am talking about when I say that making a public comment about something that one knows nothing about, which leads to the harm of others, should be a criminal offense. Believe it or not, Jo(k)e, we on the spectrum have a right to live without fear of normalistic morons like you. A right which is constantly being violated.
Those suggesting that I was linking all violent behavior to Autism missed my larger point and overlooked the fact that I have a wonderful, loving son with Aspergers.
Hmmm, where do I begin with this one? First of all, if you have an autistic son, why is it that you never stopped to think about what your words might mean to him? Could it be, as people on autistic-oriented Fudgebook pages are commenting, that you really are a misogynist prick, a self-serving asshole, and ignorant douchebag? Did you stop and wonder what your son might feel about the implication that he is a “burden” to be “endured”? Would I be correct in assuming that you really do think this is all about you?
Jo(k)e, whether you like it or not, all of us autistic people are fighting a very tiring battle here. That battle is to have our mere right to exist, to be treated with the same respect that middle-aged upper-class white boys like your good self take for granted. The penalty for losing that battle is to be exterminated like cattle, and as subsequent parts of your so-called apology make clear, you are on the wrong side.
Perhaps I could have made my point more eloquently.
Perhaps you could have done what a decent Human being does and not made this public statement at all. When a person goes into a public place and shoots people dead, printing up stories about what a loner, outsider, or “bad autistic” you want us to think they are accomplishes only one thing with educated, facts-aware minds. Basically, it convinces them that you are beneath contempt. This, combined with your claims of having an autistic son, beg the question of what in the whatever you were thinking. Assuming you could be said to be thinking at all.
I look forward to continuing my work with wonderful organizations like Autism Speaks to provide badly needed support to millions of Americans who struggle with Autism every day,
And here we get to the real meat of the matter. Jo(k)e, only an ignorant monkey who has not bothered to do any searches on such wonderful services as YouChoob or Google or WordPress or… could be ignorant of what real, actual autistic people think of Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes. Even before you knew what autism was, I hated Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes. As did every other living autistic soul that I encountered online. In fact, there is a popular saying among my kind of autistic individual that if you are autistic and do not hate Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes, you are a traitor to your own kind.
Close your eyes for a moment, Jo(k)e, and try to imagine something. Try to imagine what in the name of Odin organisations like Diabetes America, the American Cancer Society, or the Asthma And Allergy Foundation Of America, would have to do to get that much hate from the people that they claim to represent.
This brings me to what you, Jo(k)e, have to do in order to not be looked upon with murderous intent by militant autistic types like myself. First of all, make a public admission that Autism Speaks put you up to your original statement. You and I both know that this happens to be the case, because as I hope my comments about them in this writing make clear, they are a hate group. This means you need to get out in public and tell the world “Autism speaks told me to make a statement that heavily implies the man who shot people at a film premiere is autistic”. Because the autistic already know this, and we would prefer that our interests be represented instead of worked against, which means that Autism Speaks needs to be more widely exposed for what they are like this.
Secondly, look at yourself in the mirror and admit something to yourself that I am about to tell you. No amount of telling us that your comments were misconstrued or misinterpreted is going to get you off the hook for this one. You have done wrong, and done it on a level that used to get people shunned.
Thirdly, do some actual research. The problem here is not that your commentary was misinterpreted or misworded. The problem is that your commentary was made at all. Blaming us, the autistic, for being upset about the very real and deep impact that your words have had upon us, and will continue to have upon us for some time, is simply not on. Simply talking to a PTSD-suffering autistic adult like myself might actually enlighten you to such things as that autistic adults who want a better world for themselves and their children believe that means Autism Speaks should not be allowed to exist.
Fourth, you need to talk to both your wife and your son, and learn something from them. This is not about you. A common problem amongst curebies appears to be that when they are told their child is autistic, that it is all about them. They are incorrect, and such an attitude on the part of my male parental unit is why I would sooner castrate him with a chainsaw than look at him. You saw an opportunity to get your name in the papers for whatever purpose when you made the commentary that we are all so offended by. And when the backlash that Autism Speaks clearly did not feel obligated to warn you would take place occurred, you still thought it was all about you when you tried to blame others during your backpedalling.
As the late Lenny McLean said during Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels, when you dance with the devil, you wait for the song to stop. Well, Jo(k)e, you have danced with the devil, and your only way of stopping the song is to do what I have just outlined. Otherwise, may Odin be with you, because nobody on the spectrum will be.