Rex Reed is just plain ignorant

19 Aug

OK, he’s also insulting.

Mr. Reed, movie critic, has reviewed the movie “Adam”.

I know I am late out of the gate on this one. Mr. Reed’s review was a few weeks ago, and many others have discussed it on blogs and discussion groups (for example, abfh’s Rex Reed Spouts Disgusting Bigotry and one of the discussions on wrongplanet) . In the end I just had to write something.

Here is a quote from Mr. Reed’s review:

Far from just another exotic Disease of the Week, Asperger’s is an incurable neurological disorder similar to autism that turns outwardly normal-looking people into high-class idiot savants. I know at least two people with Asperger’s. They are incapable of thinking of anyone or anything outside of themselves. Challenged by social interactions and given to obsessive routines that revolve around a single subject of interest, they do not like to be touched, they feel incapable of explaining things and they cannot cope with people in general. Emotionally blocked, they say things that hurt and sting without meaning to be rude, and are weak at understanding, receiving or exchanging the emotions of others. They cannot look you in the eye. Adam is a fascinating study of a rare affliction in which all of these qualities are evident, in carefully researched scenes that are humorous and touching. It is lethal to get involved romantically with any person with Asperger’s syndrome, since they care nothing about other people’s feelings, needs or priorities. Almost without exception, they leave you perplexed, riddled with doubt and totally depressed.

For emphasis, here is one of Mr. Reed’s statements:

“Emotionally blocked, they say things that hurt and sting without meaning to be rude, and are weak at understanding, receiving or exchanging the emotions of others”

I don’t know if Mr. Reed is “emotionally blocked” or if he “meant” to be rude. I know that he has clearly demonstrated the ability to say things that hurt and sting.

Probably the worst statement (and that is saying a lot) is where Mr. Reed asserts: “It is lethal to get involved romantically with any person with Asperger’s syndrome”

What was he (and his editor) thinking when the published that bit of ignorant tripe? “Lethal”?

Let me take Mr. Reed’s concluding statement and change it into one of my own:

Mr. Reed has left me perplexed (how could he make such ignorant and hurtful statements), riddled with doubt (as to why his editor let that paragraph get published) and totally depressed (as to how far society has to go before it gives autistics proper respect).

You can email the editors at the New York Observer at editorial@observer.com. If you try calling, good luck with that general mailbox. Does anyone ever pick that up?

2 Responses to “Rex Reed is just plain ignorant”

  1. abfh August 19, 2009 at 15:33 #

    Good news — in response to pressure from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, working with self-advocates and parent allies, Fox Searchlight’s official site for the movie Adam has removed its link to Reed’s review.

    Many of us would also like to see Fox Searchlight issue a statement condemning the review, which it has not done as yet; but this is at least a step in the right direction.

    • Sullivan August 19, 2009 at 17:33 #

      abfh,

      that is great news. When I wrote this post just a couple of days ago, FoxSearchlight still had the link.

      I agree that Fox Searchlight should issue a statement.

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