But I got to thinking...what if the word "autistic" started to be used in the same way? What if the Black-Eyed Peas' new hit song was called "Let's Get Autistic"? Or people from the Northeast started using the term "wicked autistic" to describe something negatively? And it became common urban slang to say "Man, that shit is autistic"? Well, guess what? It seems it's already so.
Since I've started using the Twitter machine, I sometimes will set my search to "autism" or "autistic", just to be sure that I'm on top of it should the announcement of a cure come across the wire. I mostly see the usual autism-related news links, blog posts, etc. But I've also been seeing those words used as epithets. Just in the course of one day, I could have snagged dozens of examples, but here are just a few:
|OK, let's be glass-half-full. Maybe the |
|Not sure how to construe this one. Audrey doesn't know |
how to blow her nose, so I remain unoffended.
|And we're off.|
|Maybe she reads my blog and the person in question was|
squeezing their eyes shut or grabbing their hoo-hah.
|I'm not sure if I should defend autism or Larry King's hair. What |
exactly is being insinuated here...people with autism have bad
hair? Are squirrely? Sodomize skunks? I hate IHateJeffBaker.
|I refuse to be offended by someone who refers to herself JerseyCokewhore.|
You get the idea. What do you think? Are you offended?