They call off a nationwide protest, but want a percentage of the book's proceeds donated to autism research.
Mark Anthony Ramirez of Autism United is calling off a nationwide boycott planned against Denis Leary, and accepting his apology for his controversial comments in his book "Why We Suck" that said autism isn't a "real" disorder.
The group is calling for the comedian to either delete the chapter that targets autism or donate a portion of the proceeds from the book. To counter claims by Leary that his comments have been taken out of context, and to assure that he does not profit from the controversy, the group has put the offending chapter online for free on websites across the nation.
"As a parent of a child with autism, I feel he owes the autism community the money he is making for using what has quickly become an epidemic in our country as a cheap ploy to sell his book," said Ramirez. "He should donate a portion of his sales to assist children with autism."
"As a fellow comedian I respect Denis' right to free speech and expression, but this chapter in his book, and his statements thereafter, seriously put his integrity in question," said Ramirez.
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