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Autism Group Un-Boycotts Denis Leary

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Oct. 31 2008, Published 4:07 a.m. ET

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Advocacy group Autism United has called off their boycott of Denis Leary's book, Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, because the comedian apologized for comments made in it that they protested against. However, the group is now requesting that the offending chapter be deleted or that portions of the book's profits be donated to assist children with autism.

The group had originally been up in arms over the portion of the book where Leary writes: "There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can't compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks... to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don't give a f---k what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you – yer kid is NOT autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both."

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"As a parent of a child with autism, I feel he owes the autism community the money he is making for using what has quickly become an epidemic in our country as a cheap ploy to sell his book," said comedian Mark Anthony Ramirez, a spokesperson for Autism United and Gabby's Kids, and the father of a child diagnosed on the autistic spectrum,  "He should donate a portion of his sales to assist children with autism."

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