Wednesday, 30 July 2008

The boundaries of acceptability

There's a row in the US after a 'shock jock' made controversial remarks about Autism. He suggested that "in 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out".

Advertisers have cut and run and the show has been cut from some schedules. It led to the usual (and superficially entertaining) two way debate on a news channel with someone attacking him as needing psychiatric treatment and someone else saying that he's just increased awareness of autism.

However, the part of the debate that received no attention at all, anywhere, was when his defender claimed that 'all Savage was doing was to be outrageous to increase listeners and generate advertising revenue.'

Apparently this behaviour is well within the realms of acceptability, even if the misrepresentation of autism was not.


Tim Cain said...


I suppose you've got me to thank then! (for not being autistic.)

Matthew said...

Another one for the list!

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