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Katie Price, Harvey & Frankie Boyle

To accuse me of having nothing but contempt for Katie Price would be to exaggerate the respect I have for her. However I would have to agree that her anger towards Frankie Boyle is completely justified. Frankie Boyle used to be funny, but he seems to be increasingly substituting insults for humour. He has always been prone to giving and receiving insults and many of them were funny, but his attack on Katie Price’s son is neither funny nor appropriate.

Katie Price quotes two jokes in her Daily Mail article, the first is an old one often used for any parents whether their children are disabled or not, the second was obscene and offensive and I refuse to quote it. I could not watch Price’s documentary which is a relief as I have a passionate loathing for her obsessive publicity seeking, I hope it focused on the rights of the disabled to be treated with respect rather than on her. Whatever one thinks of Katie Price it does not justify abusing Harvey and – by extension – all severely autistic children. Harvey is not responsible for the behaviour of his mother and should not used as a means to attack her.

Autism is not a fit subject for humour. Parents of autistic children who choose – as Price has – to face up to their responsibilities and care for their kids themselves have a horrendously challenging task. If you don’t believe me there are plenty who share their experiences like Jeff Stimpson http://bit.ly/muSand , Lisa Jo Rudy http://bit.ly/kuYmTL , Ya Autism Community http://bit.ly/iQ8C1c , Amalia Starr http://amaliastarr.autisable.com/ , and these are but a few of many, the Autism Blogs Directory http://www.autismblogsdirectory.blogspot.com/ is a good source of information too, a Google search for autism will produce plenty of information.

One of the reasons Boyle’s second joke is so reprehensible is that it touches on a very real concern of parents of autistic kids. What happens at puberty when a child develops the body of an adult without the mental facility to understand what is happening? Some autistic people do not have a grasp of what constitutes appropriate behaviour and this combined with the development of all the sexual urges of a teenager coupled with none of the understanding threaten to occasion some very embarrassing moments. Puberty adds yet another complication to the many problems faced by a family with an autistic child. People may think Price has over reacted to a joke, if they take the trouble to read the experiences of parents of autistic children and of people with autism they will realise autism is no joke!


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I am also not a fan of Katie Price. And like her i have got to the stage where i will not take the ‘jokes’ and remarks anymore. It is not over reacting but standing up.
More of us need to do it.
And maybe by Katie doing this more people will.

Comment by Casdok

It’s not just parents who we need to stand up, but informed ordinary people. Of course when they stand up they cease to be ordinary!

Comment by Springingtiger

I am 17, have high-functioning autism and ADHD. I’m more able than Jordan’s 8 year old son Harvey who is more severely disabled because he has a lot of serious problems.

Comment by Peter Glass

I have an autistic brother who has Asperger’s and if anyone slagged him I wouldnt hesitate to physically hurt them it would anger me that much.My brother has gotten an awful lot of grief over the years for being different.He is 18 and in a mainstream school now and is doing very well which is great.I think Frankie Boyle is an asshole for saying what he said but I bet if he had a special needs or disabled child he wouldnt use that topic for what he calls “jokes” The documentary that Katie did was very good.Fair play to her 🙂

Comment by Gill

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