Hero Of the Day

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Our hero of the day is John Travolta who said in court that his son suffered from autism. This is the first time that Travolta admitted this fact. There is so much stigma around autism that parents are reluctant to use that word. His public admission of son's autism has given millions of parents hope.

7 thoughts on “Hero Of the Day

  1. Yeah, I’m not feeling the love here. For years, they went out of their way to say that their child’s medical challenges were related to Kawasaki disease.
    Tell the truth, or say nothing — but make up some BS explanation for your child’s obvious delays? Ick.
    They are only admitting he had autism now because the legal system requires it. That doesn’t seem very heroic to me.

  2. I read an article a few years ago that members of an autism support group (including Travolta’s brother) begged him to publicly acknowledge his son’s condition, but he refused and said it was Kawasaki disease.
    I don’t think he is required to talk about his child in any way, but the fact that he lied has always bothered me. Say no comment, but don’t lie.

  3. He struck me as a guy with a lot of personal demons, including a wacko religion. I think it had to be difficult for him to speak out about his kid’s issues. I don’t really blame him for not wanting to be the poster boy for autism.

  4. I think the thing that always bothered me about his denial is that denial seemed to imply there was something to be ashamed about if your child has autism. And that really pisses me off.

  5. Yeah, but the issue wasn’t his disinterest in becoming a spokesperson for autism. The issue was that he repeatedly insisted, even when ASKED if his child had autism, that it was “just Kawasaki disease.”
    Tell the truth, or say nothing. Lies are not heroic.

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