People Are Furious With Rosie O’Donnell After She Made A Nasty “Joke” About Autism
Rosie O’Donnell has always been known to say whatever’s on her mind, but many believe the mom-of-five went a bit too far when she made a quip about autism during a recent comedy show.
At the Fund for Women’s Equality and the ERA Coalition’s “A Night of Comedy with Jane Fonda,” event, the 53-year-old spewed a few harmless jokes before receiving lots of flack for one that compared the difficulty of raising teens and having autistic children.
“I needed to remind myself that I actually do love children, because I would trade each teen for autistic triplets. I’m just saying I would,” Rosie said.
Not surprisingly, the joke did not sit well with the National Autism Association, with one rep allegedly going so far as to call Rosie “a piece of dog sh–t” and adding that she “crossed all lines of being a good human being to make a desperate, low-blow joke.”
Soon after the word got out, many took to Twitter to express their disgust:
Realizing her mistake, Rosie was quick to apologize for the incident via Twitter.
She also later told TMZ that it was never her intention to offend people, citing the fact that she’s a huge advocate for the autism community.
“I realize I did [hurt people]. It was my fault. I have two children with spectrum disorders. I’m aware of the challenges and stigma associated with autism.”