Wednesday, 11 July 2012
That is what I thought when "21 Jumpstreet" first used "autistic" as an insult. I was outraged, I was disgusted, I was offended big time. Why was this big movie using me as a punchline? I gladly decided to boycott the movie, even though it did not do so well.
Now that 50 Cent has raised a large outcry for the same thing, and apologized already, I am very late to the party.
What am I supposed to say?
1) What can I say that has not already been said? I am disgusted? That has already been said - by a great many parents and those with autism already. I am outraged? That has also been said.
I guess what I can say is that you have shown a pernicious prejudice that exists among the neurotypical types against those with autism. Do neurotypicals really hate us that bad that they use us as an insult? I bet many of us with autism are thinking that.
I can also say that he has brought me closer to not wanting to be around neurotypical people at all. I mean, that puts him on the side of high school bullies. Bullies we need to stand up to.
2) He has apologized. I believe he has learned his lesson-the hard way, too. If he wants to know my personal perspective, he can read this blog.
3) Ignorance is NOT bliss. We have learned exactly how much the public needs education in autism. What other ignorant celebrities are there to use us as an insult? I'm waiting to see them come out of the woodwork.
I guess I can simply say....
This is what autistic looks like:
Guess where I see it? IN THE MIRROR!