Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Denis Leary Slams Autism Spectrum Disorder

DENIS Leary should brace himself for hate mail from the parents of
kids diagnosed with autism.

In his new book, "Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat,
Loud, Lazy and Stupid," the joke-slinging "Rescue Me" star writes
about the brain disorder:

"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 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 responded: "For Mr. Leary to suggest
that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose autism is
ridiculous . . . remarks reflect the same misconceptions of
autism being caused by bad or unemotional parenting that were held
over 50 years ago."