Sometimes online discussions can get a little heated and there is the occasional barb or insult tossed at your opponent. But for the most part, people manage to remain civilized.
Well, apparently for a "gentleman" named Clay this is too much to ask.
It will not come as a shock to anyone who is familiar with this gentleman but he is a prominent advocate for the neurodiversity philosophy and expresses a strong dislike for people with autism who want a cure for their condition. He is certainly entitled to his opinion and if he kept his opinions in the realm of polite discussion, there would be no problem.
Heck, if he kept his opinions in the realm of rude discussion, there would be no problem.
But alas, this gentleman has decided that even being rude and insulting was not good enough and had to take it to an entirely new level. In a post on his site, this gentleman has posted a song mocking Jonathan Mitchell, an adult with autism. The song starts off with -
I am the very model of the maladaptive autistic.And after that it gets very, very bad. I don't recommend reading the whole thing if you get offended easily ( or even if you, like me, don't get offended at much of anything).
I've information personal, and most of it is very sick.
My mommy taught me autism has made me really defective
Mr. Mitchell was understandably upset by this post and has posted a response on his own blog.
To say that this song is beyond insulting and degrading to Mr Michell is the understatement of the century. There is no possible excuse or justification for this gentleman's behavior - especially coming from one who advocates for accepting people with autism as they are.
This gentleman is one the sorriest excuses for a person that I have ever seen and I am at a loss for words to describe how repugnant his actions are.
And yet, if you look on this gentleman's site, he proudly displays a "Autism Hub" member icon. For those of you unfamiliar with the autism hub (aka the home of neurodiversity), its mission is to -
The Autism Hub promotes diversity and human rights, with ethics and reality as the core guiding principles; aspects include empowerment/advocay, acceptance, and a positive outlookWelcome to the acceptance of the neurodiversity.