As a father of two boys with autism, I am acutely aware of how pop culture, via movies and TV, is trying to make autism the new word for "retarded". It is sad that instead of people realizing how hurtful the latter word is…they merely are substituting that word for another word that should not in any way mean inferior.
Before seeing the 12/3/12's preview, I was a big fan of the show. I am aware and can appreciate the risque humor that the show's writers portrayed in the show every week but was highly offended and disappointed when the character Max ridiculed Caroline’s painting skills by saying she “looked autistic”. This is not the first time the show has made fun of autism in one way or another. I have also found out that in the pilot episode Max described Caroline fumbling with the ketchup as a “Temple Grandin moment”.
Does CBS and the producers of the show think it is ok to make autistic the new derogatory word?
With 1 in 88 children being diagnosed with autism, I would not be surprised that someone that directly works with the show would not have some personal experience with autism. This is why I am asking for a petition to have CBS, Two Broke Girls Producers and cast of the show to apologize for such a hurtful comments and to remove the hurtful joke from the episodes.
Until then I will boycott the show and I ask that you do as well.