My last art of 2008, done entirely with MS Paint. Sort of a political cartoon, a jab at Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to establishing prenatal screening for autism, and eugenics in general. It says "Autism speaks; it's time to listen." (literally "We must listen").
Contrary to popular belief, Autism does not mean retarded. I'm smart enough not to put shit in my mouth, bang my head against the wall, and jab a pencil in the pupil of my eye to see what's inside. Hell, even retarded kids should be smart enough not to do the last two.
With Elliot Rodger's tragedy in the news, the media is doing their usual thing and randomly speculating as to why he killed a bunch of people. Like with Adam Lanza before him, some (though way less, this time) of the media seized on the fact that he was diagnosed with Aspergers, also known as high-functioning autism, which I myself have. Let's see, last I recall, I have killed a grand total of zero people during my lifetime.
But uninformed people have the dumb tendency to jump on anything that's different or unfamiliar and blame that for a tragedy. With autism spectrum diagnoses so high that supposedly 1 out of every 68 kids (to say nothing of adults who may have gone undiagnosed for a very long time) have it, that's a lot of people who are at risk. The risk of being treated as potential killers simply because a lot of people are too stupid to realize that if autistics literally make up millions of the population and only TWO committed massacres, then our rate of being mass murderers is 0.00004%. Wow, that's a lot of murderers. PHEAR US.
Sadly, some people genuinely do fear and hate us. After Adam Lanza's massacre, a Facebook page called "No More Massacres" was started. It blamed the killings on Aspergers, and even said "if this gets 50 likes we will find an autistic and set it on fire." It? That's what they call us? And of course their goal was ultimately to kill innocent people, stupidly blaming them for the actions of a single person. Now, I'm convinced that Adam Lanza did have Aspergers/autism after reading what's known of his life story, but he also had way more problems than that, as anyone who read his story would realize that the average high-functioning autistic is nothing like him. Elliot Rodger appears NOT to have had it, from what I'd read or seen (such as his videos) of him, but had completely different issues and was likely misdiagnosed. If he did have it, though, that still means so very few of us are mass murderers that it's still dumb to blame autism/Aspergers for killings anyway. Idiots will do it only because, as I said before, they jump on anything that's different.
Besides, the average Aspie has far more in common with that lovable goofball Sheldon Cooper than with a mass murderer. Once I though about that, I knew of a perfect way to express myself with a quick, punchy message to get the idea out.
I'm selling this as a bumper sticker. Please get the word out so others can put this on their cars (or wherever else) and spread the message: www.zazzle.com/aspergers_does_… You can also spread this stamp around or even make variations; just please credit me with the original.
UPDATE: Zazzle deleted it. They claim it violates their guidelines. I read their guidelines. I don't see any that it violates. What idiots. Anyone know of another site to put this on?
For ze Spectator. The article's about a guy with autism that's good with math and poker, so I drew a guy that likes math and poker. Or something. I don't really know.
I screwed up SO MANY TIMES on this picture. And it wasn't until I was halfway done that I realized he had TWO LEFT HANDS. IEFHHEKGESGHKSf. But by then, it was like..half-inked so I couldn't fix it that much.
Today is Autism Awareness Day, so I made this pic. Bart need to show repesct to people with autism, like Raymond Babbitt, Satoshi Tajiri, Heather Kuzmich(my fav model), & of course me. Yes I have autism.