Posted by: Renee | July 20, 2008

Michael Savage On Autism And Disability

On his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage claimed that autism is “[a] fraud, a racket. … I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’ ”

His entire disgusting rant can be heard here.

I came across this story at Sami’s Happy Place.

Michael Savage made several erroneous leaps. His first assertion is that minorities “suffered” from a higher rate of asthma to increase welfare benefits.  Of course it is a scam and not a legitimate illness.  The fact that minority neighborhoods are often highly polluted areas has no connection at all.  We should forget that across North America the neighborhoods with the closest proximity to industrial factories, and garbage dumps, are poor and largely filled with visible minorities and the invisible underclass.  Yeah, whatever link there might be is largely accidental.  Don’t listen to the scientists and doctors, breathing polluted air and drinking water that hasn’t been properly treated actually increases the quality of life.

Our less than bright sage then moves on to link autism with a lack of a father figure.  Autism is a very serious illness.  As I said in an earlier post on this issue I am not very versed in what causes Autism, or how it effects the daily life of one who has been diagnosed with this illness.  I do know enough to understand that though it manifests behaviorally, it is not an issue of someone acting out for the sake of acting out. It is not an issue of discipline, and the parents of autistic children are very much invested in taking care of their children.  Both of my children were born without any illnesses or diseases, and I find the task completely overwhelming some days. I cannot imagine what the parent of an autistic child must go through, between trying to care for their child, and dealing with the social ignorance that abounds about this illness.  So on behalf of all autistic children and their families I would like to offer you a heartfelt, FUCK YOU.

Now honestly that should be more than enough idiocy for one person on any given day, but some people simply cannot resist the urge to prove that they are oxygen thieves.  “Don’t act like a girl, don’t cry…Stop with the sensitivity training you’re turning your son into a girl. You’re turning your nation into a nation of losers and beaten men.” Okay gender essentialist young boys could do a lot worse than learning to show their emotions and empathize with others.  Female is not a pejorative, and case you are forgetting a lowly woman brought you into this world.  I could go on a rant and list the accomplishments of women, but when dealing with  a sexist patriarchal automaton, I must acknowledge that it might just all be beyond his capability to understand.  I will say this though, the more he speaks, the more I believe that he is a good advocate for contraception education.  Look ladies, this is what skipping a pill just might lead to. (insert broken rubber joke)

Men like Michael Savage are nothing more than noise pollution. They fill the air with their ridiculous diatribes, based in ignorance and unacknowledged privilege.  He is beyond offensive and yet as we all know, he will continue to be given a platform to spew this offensive swill.  How many times do these on air personalities get to offend the sensibilities of decent people?  They get a small slap on the wrist, and are allowed to keep going because they make money for their broadcasters. Whether it is Dog the Bounty Hunter, Imus or Michael Savage the message needs to sent that this kind of hate is simply not acceptable.  To continually give them a platform to pontificate from makes these companies just as complicit as the personalities in question. This kind of garbage is not funny and to allow people to be dehumanized for the sake of profit is disgusting.

Cross posted from Womanist Musings



  1. Anyway, I suspect that Mr. Savage’s rant was merely a cheap trick to increase ratings, or at least I hope so.

    Anyway, now I’m off to check out Sami.

    Best wishes

  2. Noise pollution indeed. Why is it that intelligent, thoughtful people never seem to get the same opportunities as idiotic windbags who know nothing but speak as if they know everything?

    My mother turned on Hannity and Colmes wherein they again rehashed the “proud of my country” comment from Michelle Obama and you know who they interviewed about her? Karl Rove. Karl fucking Rove. If I hadn’t turned away in time, I think I would have begun to feel my brain leak out of my ears.

    I would really love if intelligent discourse was privileged over the kind of crap we get now.

  3. Why is it that intelligent, thoughtful people never seem to get the same opportunities as idiotic windbags who know nothing but speak as if they know everything?
    They don’t get the same audience because they don’t prey on peoples ignorance and fear. That is what people like Savage depend on to get their point across. Those in power don’t want to own their privileges and so rather than admit the imbalance in the system that creates people as other they turn it into an individual failing. This is the same kind of work at play with the whole pull yourself up by the boots ideology, or the ethic of individual responsibility that is rampant in our society.

  4. I suppose the audience that these shows attract feel that everyone else is in the wrong and responsible for their own lack of opportunity and it gives them a venue to openly hear and agree with the casual prejudices the show hosts generally espouse.

    What would normally be racist/ableist/sexist/homophobic is suddenly just an opinion given by an honest, no nonsense person and now it’s all okay. Who the hell is this guy to even open his mouth to start talking about autism? Has he ever met anyone with it? Ever read a book? What’s his gripe with them and why do so many people seem ready to listen and agree with his “opinions”?

    Again, back to Fox News, that show with Greta something or other polled their audience about The View episode about nigger and asked which side they were on. 94% were on Elizabeth’s side–shocking. I just want to know who these people are.


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