"Real" Firefighter Writes to Denis Leary
Denis Leary Responds to Criticism



You lost two more fans Mr. Leary. My husband and I used to love SNL, before we had a child with autism.


I've been reading the posts here daily for a very long time and this is my first time to reply. I too am exhausted but I'm tired of feeling like I have no voice when others seem to be able to say whatever they wish with no consequences. I was really a fan of this man and it makes me sick that he has said these things. But, God how I wish it were true!

I wish my son WAS lazy and stupid. Then maybe one day he could get a job, maybe one day he would be able to fall in love and get married. Maybe one day he would give me lazy and stupid grandchildren! Maybe then he would be able to drive when he's older and run simple errands like going to the store or renting a movie. If my son were just stupid and lazy, I wouldn't be so afraid to die! I wouldn't worry that after I'm gone my son will be in some institution or out on the streets fending for himself. These thoughts wouldn't horrify me and keep me awake at night!

How different the lives of my entire family would be if my son were just stupid and lazy! My son is 10 years old and has been potty trained for 3 years! (He still needs assistance though.) We have keyed deadbolt locks on the inside of every door in our home so that when we sleep we don't have to be afraid of him wandering away. Like most everyone else here my son spoke, made eye contact, laughed and smiled normally as a small child and then lost all of that. He was 6 years old when he said momma again. My son spends a good part of his day wandering around speaking the same sentences over and over again. He can spend hours laughing uncontrollably at nothing and hours crying uncontrollably at nothing. Both of these events are equally upsetting. A small hole in his clothing can make an entire day a nightmare for him. I have large holes in the walls of my home that he has put there with his head. I could go on and on. My point is, stupid and lazy would be a blessing for both of us.

As a parent of an autistic child, an hour or two of mindnumbing TV a week can be so important. It's a form of escape. It makes me so angry to have someone from my escape come into my real world and slap me and my child in the face. How dare he?

Tired mom

I find all of this really exhausting. As I go through each day with the sole purpose of making my childrens' lives better I think I deserve better than to be figuratively spit upon by a virtual stranger who has made a good bit of money off of my viewership. It was bad enough with Amanda Peet. At least I could comfort myself with the fact that I always knew she was overrated. I really like Dennis Leary and now I will need to give up a show I always liked. My kids are small and I rarely get out at night so TV is my entertainment and although I do not idolize even my favorite actors this is still insulting. I hope you will all join me in my boycotts. Does anyone know who sponsors Mr. Leary's show - is he in the pocket of big pharma too or he simply an ignorant a-hole like Ms. Peet.

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