Friday, October 17, 2008

Getting Leery of Leary?

Question: what do you do if you are Dennis Leary and fame is fleeting and noone really listens much to you anymore? I got it: You attack the unfortunate and try to get attention by attacking children and adults that have Autism.


In the book, 'Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid,' Leary argues the "huge boom" of autism can be attributed to "inattentive" parents trying to explain 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," he writes. "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."
While the chapter caught many media outlets and autism groups off guard, Leary released a statement on Thursday stating his words had been taken out of context.
"I thought I 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.... The point of the chapter is not that autism doesn't exist -- it obviously does -- and I have nothing but admiration and respect for parents dealing with the issue, including the ones I know. The bulk of the chapter deals with grown men who are either self-diagnosing themselves with low-level offshoots of the disease or wishing they could as a way to explain their failed careers and troublesome progeny," Leary said.

The Autism Society of America respondeds: "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."
Leary began his career as a comedian, and is famous for his profanity laced explosive temper. Sphere: Related Content