Nikki Osborne is a minor entertainer who is currently cashing in on her young autistic child on the comedy circuit. In a show called ‘On the Spectrum’, she tells crowds stories about her autistic kid, talks about how astonishingly quirky he is and throws in some drunk Aboriginal jokes for good measure.
Predictable outcome. Autistics respond with measured outrage about lack of informed consent, argue that Nikki saying ‘we are all on the spectrum’ is problematic, say that they resent her oversharing and mocking autistic traits, object to the objectification of autistics by allistics for their own amusement.
Cue Nikki saying she’s been ‘bullied’ and ‘attacked by trolls’ – she makes these claims in almost every news article she’s done, and certainly in the comedy sphere. I haven’t seen anyone be even close to disrespectful and there was certainly no bullying. When a disability expo cancels her speaking gig in response to commentary by autistics, she responds with a now deleted rant on Instagram saying that she’s hated because she wears pretty dresses and that she’s being bullied by a group of autistic ‘Goliaths’. ‘I’m the fucken David!’ she shrieks, a single tear coursing it’s way through her makeup.
What’s particularly irksome is that Nikki is now billing her show as ‘controversial’ and using that trademark inspo-pity to cash in, with hundreds of paaaarents flocking to her side. Awaaaaareness, you see. It’s important.
I’ve decided to amplify Nikki’s voice, because that single tear shouldn’t have been deleted. It’s important that minor celebs aren’t bullied by minority groups (‘the silent minority’, Osborne hilariously billed us).
And after all – she’s the fucken’ David.