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Show about mum with an autistic child is under the cosh. She faces a backlash because she intends to make her life and experiences with her child humorous. She is facing a backlash from people who have NOT even seen it…give it a chance eh? Humour is a parents survival mode isn’t it? What do we all think?

Comedian Nikki Osborne has written a show about her experiences of raising her six-year-old son, who is on the autistic spectrum. Some parents…


Sarah Renehan

Sarah Renehan Humor I think is how all people and carers keep sane when dealing with disability and serious conditions. Just my opinion . Xx

Sharon Tiday

Sharon Tiday I wouldn’t keep sane dealing with my three kids and all their needs if I didn’t use humour it can diffuse lots of difficult situations at times

Wayne Gilliss
Wayne Gilliss I’m guessing those complaining are the ones not living with autism, shit my sons quirks even make him giggle
Jacqui Rose replied · 1 Reply
Terri Harrell

Terri Harrell Humor is “normal “. Once something is normalized, you cannot ignore it and you have to accept it’s existence and adjust your thinking. Think of gay characters or even single women in past decades. Like the Mary Tyler Moore show in the 70’s or All in thSee More

Jacqui Rose
Jacqui Rose You’ve got it upside down. It’s autistic people who have tried to ask questions and raise concerns, and who she’s calling trolls etc. She’s punching down. She’s the one with the social power in this situation, and she’s abusing it.
Terri Harrell
Terri Harrell Jacqui Rose I must have read that wrong. My thought is everything and everyone just want to be treated normal. My granddaughter has a behavior disorder and I don’t want her to ever feel less than. Humor levels the playing field so to speak.
Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones A great way to get the message out there,and help other parents.
Kerry Bignell
Kerry Bignell Agreed. Good for her
Vanessa Martin
Vanessa Martin I dont have autism but know an awful lot of children/young people who do, – so can only tell you what I think from a ‘not having autism point of view’ which is that I think its good to get it talked about. But be great to get feedback from those withSee More
Carly Jones

Carly Jones I think there is a fine line between laughing together and laughing at someone .I do think humour is a fantastic way to spread a message and a great way of processing emotions .

I use a lot of comedy in my presentations , mostly self deprecated but sometimes about funny stories as a family , my rule of thumb is ,if I wouldn’t say it infront of my family ,don’t say it infront of a crowd xx

Mik Scarlet
Mik Scarlet I would have asked a group of Autistic & Disabled people to see it before going live. That way you can get the views of the community, & take them on board. That way you’re conforming to the social model & ensuring you fit the Disability Rights mantra nothing about us without us. This how to avoid this kind of backlash.
Vanessa Martin
Vanessa Martin thats what I was trying to say, but it just didnt come out quite as eloquently!
Emma Sullivan
Emma Sullivan Not seen the show but surely gallows humour never killed anyone.
Carmen Wiki Azalea

Carmen Wiki Azalea I recently said this at work. I generally don’t mind humour as it relates to my own disability because I feel it is the best way to break down social taboo barriers and open real dialogue.

Laura Moore
Laura Moore No one complained about speechless being funny. Guess that’s because it’s about physical disability and parents have far more sensible opinions about that?! *sarcasm*
Emma Spagnola
Emma Spagnola Ok I have sat and thought about this quite a bit, probably too much. This is her experience, it isn’t poking fun at people with autism it is her life. Now I have one diagnosed son and one on the cusp of being diagnosed.there is nothing more refreshing and meeting up with another parent of an autistic child and when you tell a story and they are like “Oh yeah Bob did that” it makes you feel you aren’t on your own and it gives you confidence, well in my case anyhow, this lady, in my opinion, is just using a larger stage to do that on. And in the long run, don’t want to see it, don’t buy a ticket.
Crystal Fretz
Crystal Fretz We survive on humor around here
Mik Scarlet
Mik Scarlet It’s absolutely vital the Disabled adults are given a voice. We hear from non-disabled people who are part of our lives far more regularly than Disabled people get heard. I expect this is the root of the objections. Sadly we should all, both Disabled aSee More
Stacy Paris
Stacy Paris I use humour with my legs, diabetes and various ailments and a lot of the time i do it because it makes people feel at ease with me rather than worry about offending me or asking questions etc, i encourage them to laugh about it too because it’s at choSee More
Crystal Fretz
Crystal Fretz I do the same. I’d rather joke about my brain falling out of my head and my floppy joints and have people at ease around me than wallow in despair. I also set an example for my children living with the same conditions.
Rachel Nobes
Rachel Nobes My humour ref my health is pretty dark and inappropriate at times but it helps me survive 😂
Lorraine Norman Âû

Lorraine Norman Âû After speaking with my 19 year old autistic son, it comes down once again to parents making everything about them , yes humour is the most precious tonic, however this should not ever be used either for light entertainment or at the expense of childrenSee More

Jacqui Rose
Jacqui Rose I wish that YOU were given the same platform right now that Nikki O has. She’s ridiculing autistic people and her son (yes, I’ve seen the show), and STILL pretending that ridicule of autism equates to enlightenment. We’re living in a weird world where this nonsense happens.
Harry Mills
Harry Mills Surely excluding anybody from something as universal as comedy is a colossal prejudice in itself.
Crystal Fretz
Narelle McCaffrey
Narelle McCaffrey Hang on…the original description of the show was about providing insight into what life is like on the spectrum (only she’s not). She has also written some questionable blog posts about her son…saying at one point he was a rocking, stimming, non verbal little puddle, she has disclosed personal information regarding continence issues etc. Stuff that doesn’t I still a whole lot of faith.
'Jay' McCarthy
‘Jay’ McCarthy Haha…I personally find it rather hilarious that people who don’t even understand ir live with a condition like this think they have the right to ‘disapprove’ of how the people who do live with it choose to manage. Who are they to judge a mothers copiSee More
Miguel Wilkins

Miguel Wilkins “My coping strategy? Well I get on stage for money and have a laugh about it with strangers!”

Danijela Turner

Danijela Turner Ummm…check out who is complaining. It is actually autistic people (some are also parents to autistic children as well as being autistic themselves). Trust me, they (like myself) ‘understand’.

Danijela Turner
Danijela Turner Consider this as you listen to the private details of someone else’s life (in this case a 6 year old child). Think about Osborne’s ‘mommy blog’ too.…/parents-blogging-about…/Manage

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