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Autism 🕊

In 1989, Rain Man was a hit movie about a man who couldn’t pronounce his name Raymond properly, when he was a kid, but who could remember decks of cards and was shunted off to an institution to be forgotten about by his family.
In 1989, the world knew precious little about autism, perhaps, in part, because the works of Hans Asperger, were suppressed until 1981 and Professor Lorna Wing, an English paediatrician, translated them and discovered she had an autistic daughter.
Today, we know a lot more about autism, yet we have apologists for Sia on Twitter asking if we would be demanding that Dustin Hoffman return his award for portraying Raymond Babbitt or Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump. I have to admit that being told I talk like Forrest Gump was insulting, and having an ex-girlfriend who asked me if I’d seen the movie and when I replied no and told her why, at first laughed, and later used it against me only rubbed salt in.
So, do we want the first bit? No, we don’t. If anybody could be considered close to what somebody who would have been described as having Asperger’s would be like, it would be better to highlight Macon Leary. All right, Macon Leary doesn’t have superpowers, but he is a man addicted to routine. A man who grieved unconventionally for his murdered son, and was accused of being cold and heartless by his wife, Sarah. A man whose wife said he didn’t believe in automatic transmissions (I can’t drive a manual) but an extremely conventional man.
The fact of the matter is, I have known many a person who has said, “Oh, but they’re only acting.” Well, Natalie Bassingthwaite played a manipulative, nasty character in Neighbours, yet the real-life Natalie Bassingthwaite is a sweet, kind person. The late Lydia Bellingham, known as the OXO Lady, played a villain in The Bill and I mentioned this to her on Twitter, and she tweeted back, “Yes, Irene Radford. I enjoyed that role.” The late Cornelia Francis, who could be nasty on The Weakest Link, was quite kind in real life. Such people frequently take on such roles for a challenge. I remember a twit from the writer’s group saying that he didn’t like Ray Meagher after he gave Bert Facey a flogging on A Fortunate Life. Well, Ray Meagher played the role of Bob, who used a false whip. I’ve heard Ray Meagher talk, as himself, and he seems like a pleasant man, rather than the gruff, bad-tempered, “Who the flamin’ heck put that there?! Don’t “Dude” me, you long-haired yahoo!”
The fact of the matter is some autistic actors fantastic characters. Sia’s arguments are quite superficial and flimsy.

By ace101

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