Toni Braxton’s new memoir, Unbreak My Heart, reveals a lot of things about her, but most importantly, that she thinks her son’s autism is a punishment straight from G-O-D. This is an actual real thing that she thought would be appropriate and not at all offensive to write in a book that would be released to billions. I’m thinking we should file this one away into our cabinet of celebrities who are oblivious about their statuses as public figures.
Toni’s ridiculous opinion about the “cause” of her son Diezel’s autism is due to the guilt that she carried over having chosen to terminate one of her pregnancies.
“Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision. In my heart, I believed I had taken a life—an action that I thought God might one day punish me for…My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt. I knew I’d taken a life…I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism.”
Wait, what?? Did a Duggar say this? This is shocking and offensive on so many levels. As someone who’s spent an incredible amount of time with an autistic person, I would just like to assure Toni that it isn’t some sort of retribution that people on the Naughty List get in their stockings. So don’t worry, Toni; if you don’t tip your next server well, your son won’t wake up with double autism the next day.
Also, whether you’d like to call it a condition or a disorder, or refer to those on the spectrum as “autistic” or “people with autism,” can we all unite to agree that hers is the most selfish response ever? It’s like, way to make discovering this new facet of her son’s life all about her and her guilty conscience.
Ugh, I’m just truly sad for Toni that she thinks this way about her own son. But I’m even more worried that her son will find out that his own mother stigmatizes such a significant part of who he is. Seriously, what the hell gives?