By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 1:37 pm in Health & Safety.
It seems Michael Savage has a partner in idiocy. Actor Denis Leary is blaming the brain disorder autism, in part, on “inattentive mothers” in his new book, “”Why We Suck: a Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.” (See more on the New York Post’s Page Six.) The excerpt from the book shows the heights of Leary’s ignorance and callousness:
“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.”
He calls these children “stupid” and “lazy,” not autistic. So are ill-advised comments about a health issue that experts — you know, the folks with actual medical degrees — have shown is a true epidemic for our children. Like radio talk show host Savage, who spouted off in July with equal rubbish, Leary is clearly trying to grab headlines for his own self-promotion. So here’s a thought: Don’t buy his book, unless you need kindling for your fireplace.