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?