Monday, August 19, 2013

Some people are just too evil...

I just ran across a Facebook post by the lady who does the STFU Parents blog.  She posted a photo of a letter than originally appeared on Twitter, posted by Lennon and Maisy.  If you click the link, you can read a letter that was put under the door of a woman who has an autistic son.

The letter is shockingly mean.  It was written by a "pissed off mom" who thinks that the mother of the autistic child is imposing on her neighbors by letting him go outside, where he apparently "wails" and upsets people.  The letter writer is upset that the kid lives in a neighborhood with very close quarters and suggests the mom should euthanize her son or move to a trailer park with him.  She thinks he should be taken to a nature trail or a park for fresh air, where he will apparently not disturb people.

I just don't understand how people can become so hateful.  It's very sad that there are people in the world like this.  I feel sorry for that mom and her boy.


  1. I have no idea what pissed off mom looks like, but she is just plain ugly. The inside has its way of pervading the lining of one's skin to the outside.I'd say that she deserves an autistic child of her own, but I would never wish her on a poor child with any disability, nor for that matter, a "normal" child.

    Contrast this with a performance of "Grease" I saw last month because my mom's best friend's kid was starring in it. In the audience was a very young and presumably (from his behavior) austistic man. "Grease" was apparently his favorite movie ever, and he knew every line except from the places where the stage version differed from the movie. There are two songs that are different in the movie version than the stage version, but this producer and director had opted to use the songs from the movie version, much to the young man's delight.

    The autistic man basically said and sang every line along with the in the production cast. Extremely early in the production, the 24-or-so-year-old music director realized what was happening. He left the orchestra to fend for themselves momentarily and slipped backstage to warn the cast that there was a special young man in the audience and that he was apparently going to help the cast the performance, and that they needed to go with the flow and stay on their parts as though they could not hear him.

    As far as I could tell, no one in the audience even looked at him funny, much less made disparaging remarks. My Uncle Scott made it a point to talk to the guy during intermission about the show and about himself, and to treat him and his caretaker to whatever they wanted from the snack bar. After the show was over, my Uncle Scott took pictures of the guy with most of the cast members and sent them to the address his caretaker provided. (He enlarged a cute one of the guy with "Sandy," because the young man was clearly smitten with "Sandy," and one of the T-birds gave up his black leather jacket for a photo op so that the young man could be dressed just like the T-birds in his picture with the T-birds.


    1. The community theatre company was prepared either to refund money or to offer free tickets to another performance to anyone who complained to the management, but no one did. As it was, free pie or cake and ice cream was passed out to all audience members with no explanation. The young man had a caretaker with him, and it was apparent that she was doing her best to reign him in, but he knew basically every line, and he intended to enjoy the performance in the way that suited him best.

      This occurred somewhat in the sticks (not exactly in the most backward parts of the Ozarks or the Appalachians, but in California's version of those places), in a place where people wouldn't be considered to be overly enlightened. Furthermore, it was, with two exceptions, a mid-teen to young twenties cast.

      Why could these young people and the audience watching them manage to get it right while the pissed off mom so thoroughly displayed her lack of intelligence, culture, class, humanity, and too many other essential qualities for me to list?

      I will admit that at the very first, before I really understood what was happening, I started to giggle just a bit, but my Aunt Jillian leaned over and whispered in my ear that the man was clearly special, and for me to laugh would be in very poor taste. I'm not proud that it had to be pointed out to me, but at least I got it right away and kept my mouth shut.

      This poor guy did not ask to be born with a developmental disability, just as the boy at whom pissed off mom was pissed off at did not. Both the boy and the young man are every bit as entitled to pleasure in life as anyone else. I'm pleased that the people in the cast and the audience allowed this young man to have what was probably one of the best nights of the year for him. I hope someone allows the boy to have a similar experience.Note: had this been on Broadway, and people had traveled from God knows where and spent hundreds of dollars on their tickets, this young man's participation would not have been appropriate, but it wasn't on Broadway, and the tickets didn't cost hundreds of dollars.

      Pissed off mom will probably pass off her ignorance to her offspring, and , thus, such attitudes may be perpetuated. What goes around has its way of coming around. Who knows what the future has to hold for her?

    2. It sounds like that crowd at the Grease performance had a surplus of class. It must have been pretty awesome to witness that.

      The person who wrote that letter is just incredibly mean spirited. I have to wonder how it is that a person can be that hateful and cruel. My heart went out to the mom in the news video who was just beside herself with grief over her neighbor's cruel words. It's shocking that there are still people out there in the world like that in 2013.

      Karma needs to catch up to that person and deal with her accordingly.


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