Saturday, November 22, 2014
Jerry Seinfeld: 'I don't have autism'
So now Jerry doesn't have Autism, okay. Maybe he doesn't, maybe he was just being funny and crossed the line into careless. Maybe he wasn't prepared for how strongly folks would react and doesn't want to be the new autism poster boy, or he's feeling trapped associated with a diagnosis that still carries lots of negative social stigma. Whatever the case he should be more careful with what he says in the future, and given this experience he may want to continue his journey and get a better understanding of what he called the "autism markers". Based on what I'm observing, we may hear from him again :)
Brian Williams earlier this month that he thought he was on the autism "spectrum," Jerry Seinfeld is now backtracking a bit.
"I don't have autism. I'm not on the spectrum," Jerry Seinfeld tells
Billy Bush in an Access Hollywood interview. "I just was watching a play about it and thought, 'Why am I relating?' I related to it on some level. That's all I was saying."
Seinfeld spoke about "markers" to Williams, saying, "You know, never paying attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle."
Bush asked about Seinfeld and being social.
Seinfeld says he thinks it's something comedians have in common.
"All the comedians we've had on Comedians in Cars I ask them, 'Do you have trouble talking to regular people?' And they always say yes." He added, "Comedians never talk about normal things. They don't talk about the weather and how you're doing. They're always talking about something weird."