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Is this funny? Or is it just offensive?

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saidthespiderwithahorridsmile Thu 02-Jun-11 13:12:43

A friend of mine (who knows my ds1 has ASD and I almost certainly have it too) told me at the weekend about a funny T-shirt he had seen

"Autistic Children Rock"

is that funny, to you? Or would you be offended?

BeerTricksPotter Thu 02-Jun-11 13:14:17

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NoobyNoob Thu 02-Jun-11 13:15:08

Nope, bad taste and not funny whatsoever

papermate Thu 02-Jun-11 13:15:50

Not nice!!!

amberleaf Thu 02-Jun-11 13:16:23

Not funny.

Very offensive.

tomhardyismydh Thu 02-Jun-11 13:16:29

not sure, maybe depends on who and why its being sold, if to raise money and awareness yes its ok I suposse, not sure its "funny" though.

gapants Thu 02-Jun-11 13:16:34

That is really shit.

Did your friend understand the shitty joke? D'you think they didn't see the double meaning, just saw the positive one?

NulliusInVerba Thu 02-Jun-11 13:17:00

Was he trying to be a twat or does it just happen naturally for him?

amberleaf Thu 02-Jun-11 13:17:18

Also v offensive that your friend told you knowing your child is autistic.

travellingwilbury Thu 02-Jun-11 13:18:05

I think it is meant to be offensive , but I suppose if she doesn't know the double meaning then I would maybe forgive her .

saidthespiderwithahorridsmile Thu 02-Jun-11 13:20:05

well I did laugh actually, but I have a strange sense of humour

he was definitely aware of the double entendre

googling it, it does seem to be sold as a raising awareness thing, so obviously someone thought it wasn't offensive

but when I thought about it some more, I thought "I bet loads of people would be offended by that - I'll ask MN"

CandyS Thu 02-Jun-11 13:20:11

I find it slightly amusing as a cheap pun, but not 'funny', certainly not memorable enough to tell someone abot it.

melpomene Thu 02-Jun-11 13:20:59

I think it's funny (in a black humour way) but also offensive.

tomhardyismydh Thu 02-Jun-11 13:21:55

just looked at them on amazon they are said to raise awareness but no money donated, so not sure the necessity. here

bupcakesandcunting Thu 02-Jun-11 13:25:04

Can someone explain the double meaning for me please?

I don't think it's funny either, btw.

ScrotalPantomime Thu 02-Jun-11 13:25:56

At first I thought it was nice and was wondering why everyone was so upset.

Then I got the double meaning.


ScrotalPantomime Thu 02-Jun-11 13:26:32

Bupcakes - rocking back and forth is a very common autistic behaviour

tomhardyismydh Thu 02-Jun-11 13:27:20

as in rocking to and fro bubcakes, an occassional coping mechanism to autistic and some other sn children to help with sensory overload or stress.

shineoncrazydiam0nd Thu 02-Jun-11 13:27:43

It is not meant to be offensive - it is about raising awareness.

Do I think it's funny? No. Do I think it is offensive? No.

And I think it is better that the ' I'm not naughty, I'm autistic ' T shirt that also raises awareness.

WhereTheWildThingsWere Thu 02-Jun-11 13:28:01

Cannot see why it would be funny, would be hoping it was some kind of fund raising/positive message.

I think I am massively missing something in my ignorance, sorry.

BalloonSlayer Thu 02-Jun-11 13:28:07

Oh I thought it meant they are cool.

I didn't get the other bit.

bupcakesandcunting Thu 02-Jun-11 13:28:41

Thank you Scrotal. Definitely not funny! sad

sausagesandmarmelade Thu 02-Jun-11 13:30:11

were they trying to be PC?


tomhardyismydh Thu 02-Jun-11 13:30:13

zazzle has a babygrow that says autistic children rock....and twirl and flapp.

hmm im not sure it is offensive nor funny

MadamDeathstare Thu 02-Jun-11 13:30:46

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