Actress Holly Robinson Peete just released a statement in response to Denis Leary's recent jab at autism.
"Like myself and my husband, Denis Leary is a fellow supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation which our HollyRod Foundation has supported for years (I lost my dad to Parkinson's disease). So I'm pretty sure he is not desensitized to the seriousness of neurological disorders -- especially when it affects kids. I can only deduce that in an attempt to sell his book he tried a tactic of "shock and rant" in hopes of being funny with the misguided excerpt from the "Autism Schmautism" (so clever!) chapter of his new book. If he was trying to be funny he failed miserably. If he was trying to sound informed, he came off as ignorant. But if he is trying to sell a book he may have succeeded. His subsequent statement ... "Of course, this entire misunderstanding can be easily avoided simply by doing one thing -- reading the book" serves to confirm my suspicions. In general, though, I would counsel him that autism is a very bad punch line."
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