Dennis Leary explains why autustic kids are dumbasses in disguise

Dennis Leary

Dennis Leary has a new book, “Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.” If you’re not some type of fanatic, you’re probably reluctant to pick up a copy unless it contains a bunch of inflammatory statements. Hey, guess what? Get those wallets out.

“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.”

The Austism Society of America had something to say about that:

“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.”

I have to side with Dennis Leary on this one. It’s a lot like how paralyzed people shouldn’t be in wheelchairs. They can walk, they’re just not trying hard enough to fuse that spinal cord back together. And don’t get me started on the mentally handicapped. They’re not really retarded, they were just born to suck at life.

Once Jenny McCarthy calms down, expect a polite response.

  • Joe

    Leary proves yet again what an asshole he is, kidding or not.
    Bad enough he stole Bill Hicks’s act and made a fortune off it after Hicks died, leading to:

    Q. Why is Denis Leary alive and Bill Hicks dead?
    A. Because there’s no cure for cancer.

    Leary has a whole lot of bad karma coming his way and this just adds to it.

  • major

    all he is saying is that autism is just a way of getting out of everyone calling your kid dumb and the hard times that go along with it. it makes perfect sense because jenny mccarthy claims her kid is jesus christ because he ‘beat’ autism like her weak genes are better than everyone else’s. if you label your kid autistic then its for life. some people just don’t want to admit to the long term effects of inbreeding but thats what it is.

    • Rachel

      Waht you dont understand is, autism can be cured. With therapy, they can become the everyday social people just like normal people (neurotypicals). Mental retardation cannot be cured. It is for life. You can go to therapy to help ease some stress, but your IQ will bever reach 70 (the cut-off that defines whether someone is mentally retarded). So no, Jenny McCarthy’s son is not Jesus Christ because he beat autism. Her son is just yet another person who has overcome autism. And inbreeding has nothing to do with autism.
      Autistic kids are also some of the smartest people on the planet. Becuase they aren’t social by nature, what better is there for them to do but study up. Plus, they are very easily overstimulated from loud noiese and bright colors. And ADD is a part of the autism spectrum disorder.

  • Ben

    I gotta agree somewhat with Leary on this.
    I think there a people who genuinely have autism, but I feel in alot of cases it’s simply a way of the parents explaining why their kid isn’t smart, or isn’t doing their work like they should. It’s an excuse for a lack of discipline or just having a slightly strange kid. Like I said, I think kids do genuinely have it, but not in the numbers people seem to have it today. It’s always, ‘mild autism’ and I say BULLSHIT.
    It’s like the new ADD, yes there are people with ADD, but much of the time it’s just an excuse for bad parenting and the kids doing what-ever-the-fuck he wants.

  • Lee

    1. There is a diagnostic criteria for autism and add, so I don’t think parents just claim their kids have it. they actually do ahve it.
    2. There is a large genetic compenent for autism, so it’s not due to bad parenting.

  • Tina

    Ben You’re talking absolute rubbish sir. Have you any idea at all what the process is for diagnosing conditions such as ADD/ADHD/Autistic Spectrum Conditions? I fear not otherwise you wouldn’t be making such a ridiculous statement! I suggest you do a little research and perhaps talk to a Psychiatrist who will enlighten you as to what the procedure is for diagnosis. Your language leaves a lot to be desired also… perhaps your parents didn’t do quite such a good job with you?

  • Malissa

    mild autism is BULLSHIT huh? Why don’t you say that to my 5 year old daughter’s face? How about we set you up in a room with 5 autistic children and then try and tell me it’s bullshit!!

    • you are welcome

      It’s bullshit

  • Malissa

    inbreeding? wow. i had no idea how feeble minded our country truly is. let me guess, you voted for john mccain right?

  • Malissa

    Everyone has there own opinion on autism. Everyone has there own theory. But how can you expect to know what’s going on when you’ve never experienced autism first hand? Or even second hand? It all comes down to your own insecurities. You know what is beautiful about autism? An autistic person wouldn’t be hurt by all of your opinions. They know what life is about and it’s not about what you people think. That makes them the bigger person, not you.

  • enuffbs

    if any of you had actually read the book and it sounds like few of you have he is talking about parents who take their children from doctor to doctor till one of them gives the kid drugs to calm them down so they wont have to deal with bad kids that are the product of bad parenting.{and there are ways around that whole diagnosis process. it happens or no one would be able to get pills that don’t need and we wouldn’t have addiction}I AM NOT SAYING THAT AUTISM ISN’T REAL, i’m just saying that it is sometimes misdiagnosed.its bad enough that you are medicating children for minimal to no reason at all except to make them bend to a conform which by the way is the exact opposite of what you people preach “be different, don’t follow other people” you know the whole-if your friends jumped off a bridge would you do it too?-hypocrites

  • Free2drm

    I am so sick of hearing about Autism. it is a bunch of BS PERIOD! It is a bunch of unruly children that have no discipline. My nephew is supposedly “Autistic”. Libtard sister-in-law feels we must never discipline or lay down the law because he is “Autistic” Well let me tell you….When he stays at my house he minds and does not push my buttons because he knows I will set him on fire with the belt. He sits and plays with the other children and colors etc.

  • Realistitc parent

    Autism is just the latest fashionable excuse for parents to excuse their bratty ass kids. It’s not his fault, its not my fault…it’s the autism. Anyone else find it odd every ten years we find yet another “diagnosis” for this behavior? First it was hyperactivity, then ADHD now autism….

    Don;t get me wrong, these conditions exist but way too many parents seek any reason to excuse their brats behavior other than what it is, you are a bad parent.

  • XCloudbox

    Do you know how they diagnose it? It’s just a checklist of common things. It can easily be misdiagnosed which I think is the point of this article. Too many people are quick to blame some disorder for their unruly child.

  • Bowens

    1. The criteria are pretty subjective.
    2. There may be a genetic component, but that research is very speculative at this point.
    3. What Leary is saying is that what we now call Autism includes a lot people who would have one day been forced to adapt or struggle a bit to fit into society. Now they can just sit back and take a pill and blame their inadequacies on a disorder, as if that makes it all better. Many of the people who identify themselves as having “highly functioning autism” are simply socially awkward. Why does that need a diagnosis or medication? People vary in their basketball and calculus abilities, but we don’t classify those who cant make a free-throw as having some medical disorder. There are plenty of people who definitely have autism, calling people who simply cant make eye contact with you “autistic”, does a disservice to all of those people who actually suffer.

    • I am an adult with Autism and am now considered to be “high functioning” however this is the result of many hours of intensive early intervention, speech, occupational and play therapy. This took a LOT of work to get me to where I am now and I still struggle in many ways. I rely in my service dog to help me with things most people take for granted like navigating crowds, recognizing streets or sudden steps, giving deep pressure to help with sensory overload ect. I have hit many milestone people said I never would. However there is no pill for autism I don’t take any medication for this. I am not making an excuse for my short fallings. It takes a lot out of me to manage the things I do. There is more then being able to read facial expressions that comes into play with high functioning autism. There are many factors you (who is not the care giver or the person living with it) likely don’t realize. I highly suggest reading the challenges of reading and caring for children with high functioning autism by Samantha Driscole.

  • Lar

    Autistic people aren’t dumb. They have trouble communicating with others which makes them SEEM dumb.

    Have you ever been so excited that you’re speechless? Maybe you have so many smart thoughts in your head at one time that you have trouble putting those thoughts into words– even though it all makes sense in your head. This is what autism is like. Except times a million. Some people are afraid of not saying the right thing, so they say nothing at all. They’re paralyzed by FEAR.

    This can be overcome.

  • jay parisi

    Leary makes a great point in a brilliant way. Autism ,as defined , includes far too many people who are just plain dumb. It seems like a social experiment to inject spirit in their minds, and see if it makes a positive difference to them

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