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Celeb Mom Responds to Savage Remarks

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Holly Robinson Peete has something to say to Michael Savage.

Yesterday, we had you listen to conservative radio talk show host's Michael Savage's insensitive remarks about autism on his July 16 broadcast. Among other things, he called autism a "fraud, a racket" caused by "wimpy dads." Check it out...

In response to Savage's statements, Holly and Rodney Peete--co-founders of the HollyRod foundation and parents of 10-year-old RJ, who has autism--had this to say: "As a mother and father who have dealt with autism for over a decade, we find it shocking that the individuals who name call and pass judgment on families like ours have had zero experience with the disorder or its effects on a child and his/her family.


Attacking fathers and insinuating that kids with autism are 'brats' is irresponsible, insulting and painful to our children and furthers the backlash they face every day. In the African-American community, many children go undiagnosed until the 'window' of opportunity for treatment has been slammed shut. They are diagnosed on average 2-4 years later than other more affluent subsets of society. The American Academy of Pediatrics' recent and long overdue decision to encourage pediatricians to have every child tested for autism by the age two may help these children get a diagnosis and treatment which needs to come early, hard and fast. For Savage to portray this important mandate negatively is malicious and misguided.

We have seen our son beat the odds because he had an early diagnosis and access to treatment. We continue to work every day to help other families provide the same opportunity to their children."

Wanna send a shoutout to Holly? Comment below.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
stephanie  July 22, 2008, 11:34 AM

I worked with kids with Autism for years and I for one think Michael Savage is sitting there smirking, trying to get a rise out of people. ANYONE who has spent 5 minutes with someone with Autism knows the difference between a brat and a child with Autism. So what I wanna ask Michael Savage : Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

Janice July 22, 2008, 12:32 PM

I have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome who is 17 years old. He just informed me of Mr. Weiner’s comments. How sad that he should choose to call attention to himself by his hurtful comments. Further, I think he’s getting Autism confused with ADD.

Anonymous July 22, 2008, 2:39 PM

The only thing more annoying that Michael Savage making these comments is all the attention he’s getting for it. All this publicity won’t hurt him a bit.

Mandy August 15, 2008, 7:10 PM

I think its pathetic when famous people have to put their foot in there mouth.Like Amanda Pete last week on vaccinations.My 5yr. old daughter who is autistic is way more sensitive to others.Everybody wants to feel like they know everything there talking about. Lets just educate them the best way we can.The way I look at it,parents,educaters and doctors have show our communities its a real epidemic.And something has to be done!

Alex January 2, 2009, 5:22 PM

Has anyone studied how many of these mom’s with kids with this disease had plastic surgery or fake juggs?

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