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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The worst insult an Aspie could think of

A few days ago someone posted a Facebook link to my original post on Aspergers Syndrome from 2011. It sparked a number of comments, a few from people who agreed with my description of Aspies, and a larger number from outraged Aspies who resented my characterization of them.

One Aspie wrote twelve separate times. A few excerpts from his comments (which are all dated Jun 8th, 2014):

Can't even read the whole thing, because all you are doing is bitching. And there is a good chance that you have Asperger's. Don't talk about something you don't understand just because you ran into a couple of people that do the things you describe. Or because you hate yourself…. Dude, you act like a person with AS, so shut the fuck up. This whole thing is just self hate and ignorance….

How can you say that all these things you describe are traits of those who have Asperger's Syndrome? I know plenty of people who don't have Asperger's Syndrome that do a lot of the things you describe. So your blog seems like you are talking about yourself and not someone else. Hmm... You should get checked. Or maybe you did, and that is why you wrote this.

It's quite sad how someone can have so much hate for people. You know, that's an Asperger's Syndrome trait. Oh wait, that's just a human trait from someone who is out of touch and hurting and seeking attention in the worst way instead of trying to figure themselves out.

Good luck with your life dude, because you seriously need some help….

You have a narcissistic and sociopaths personality, from what I can tell with a lot of the things you write about. You are very rigid, you are very narrow minded, and judgmental. So if all these things you say are traits of those on the spectrum, then you sir, have Asperger's Syndrome….

Well good luck with your life.

I didn't want to bother responding to his comments in detail, so I just wrote:

Thank you for wishing me good luck with my life!

This enraged him further, so he wrote more comments after the Adam Lanza II post. An excerpt:

He [Adam Lanza] didn't have Asperger's. He was a disturbed kid obsessed with high status and having "the girl" to match it. He was completely out of touch with reality. He was apart of a woman hate group and complained so much about women….

And I read some of your other stuff. What is your issue with those who have Asperger's? You come off as someone who hates them, but yet you come off as someone who has Asperger's.

I thought it interesting that the worst insult he could think of to hurl my way was to accuse me of having Aspergers Syndrome myself.

He reminded me of the gay guy whose most scathing insult to me, in response to a post I'd written about gay men back in April of 2010, was to accuse me of being gay.

You can always tell a lot about a person from the insults he chooses.

Of course, it could be that they're right. Maybe I am a gay guy with Aspergers who just doesn't realize it yet. 


Shaun F said...

That is quite the lynch mob mentality, and spirals quite quickly. The remarks are quite base and distasteful. And any energy engaging with them would be misplaced. Unless one wants to amuse oneself by exacerbating the situation.

John Craig said...

Shaun --
You're absolutely right, and I actually wrote a fairly recent addition to the bottom of the original Aspergers post (which now has 238 comments) that i was going to stop responding to all the comments, as I found I was repeating myself. But this fellow evidently didn't notice that. I usually don't respond to people like this, but I have to admit I did take some pleasure from his obvious anger. And I wanted to make the point in this post that the worst insult he could come up with was to accuse me of having Aspergers myself.

Anonymous said...

That is the height of lameness - feeling insulted that you described Aspies accurately, then insulting you back by accusing you of being one of them, thus inadvertently agreeing with your point. I lol'd.

- Gethin

John Craig said...

Gethin --
My reaction as well. If yo look at his ("CK"'s) comments on the Adam Lanza II post, you'll see that he doesn't process information correctly either. When I suggested that if he was so against "stereotyping" Aspies he ought not to stereotype Asians himself (although I agreed with the stereotype he mentioned), he then said that I had said he was Asian.

There are a huge number of comments after that original Aspergers post in which the Aspies, while objecting to the post, then illustrate various points I made about them.

Anonymous said...

I see what you mean about CK. I didn't read the whole load of his comments, but I saw the general gist: lots of red herrings, straw men and derailment. His comments read like they were based on emotion rather than reasoned analysis of what you said. Until now, I've assumed that people who make comments like that on the Internet are simply a bit dim, but from now on I'll also be taking into account that they might have some sort of developmental disorder.

- Gethin

John Craig said...

Gethin --
Yes. The scary thing is, he sees himself as being in the right. You should see all the comments he wrote on the Aspergers post (all dated 6/8/14). He quoted most of the things I said, then would say afterwards something to the effect of, "This is not true, I know people with Aspergers who don't act this way." Then, at the end, he triumphantly declared that he had "debunked" me.

The other funny thing was the way he kept accusing me of "stereotyping" people with Aspergers. To make that accusation is as silly as saying that I "stereotype" sociopaths by saying that they are dishonest, disloyal, and manipulative.

Nothing I said really registered with him; but that's the way Aspies process information.