Denis Leary says autism is “a joke”

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In Denis Leary’s new book, he’s got an entire chapter devoted to slamming kids and parents dealing with autism. Listen to this:

“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.”


This is just incredible, isn’t it? I’m sure that there are some kids – very few – that have been misdiagnosed, but the kids I’ve seen with autism are not stupid or lazy. They are dealing with a very real problem that takes a lot of courage and fortitude to face, day in and day out. How can this guy justify picking on kids with special needs as part of a comedy routine? What’s next – slapping kittens around with 2X4′s to get a few kicks?

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    • Whitney

      I would love for Denis Leary to walk one day in my son’s shoes….

      We have a 10 year old, non verbal autistic son. He is a blessing and a joy in our lives…still he faces challanges, sometimes daily that Denis the heartless jerk could not even imagine. That is why God has not graced his presance with a special child like my son.

    • cari

      Denis Eeerie has devolved even further into a paparazzi chasing ‘look at me’ celebutrash. His cable show sucks, his comedy sucks and his fans have moved on….to more intelligent humor from less narcissistic comedians. To make such a comment and exploit something that is serious and real tells me so much more about how shallow and ridiculously unintelligent he is. I see him disappearing into obscurity quicker than he used to brush off the fans he once had.

    • Shaamex

      I hope Mr. Leary isn’t suggesting something similar to what Michael Savage did. That didn’t work out so well for him. Autism is real and it takes many forms. Only the form that Mr. Leary is referring to shows a level of ignorance that is neither funny or career enhancing. Mr Leary you should know anyone who fakes anything can only do it for a time. After that reality sets in.