Kathie Lee Gifford Laughs at Autistic Boy's Sadness; Howard Stern Attacks
I was in Switzerland when this happened in January, so I missed it. Here it is now, and it's amazing. Kathie Lee Gifford and company laugh-- repeatedly!-- at the unhappiness of this little guy with Aspergers. And then Howard Stern viciously, and utterly accurately, takes her down.
Laugh, Kathie Lee! Laugh at the sad Aspie boy!
The Today Show did this very odd piece about what an incredibly great guy this big NT high school sports star Zach Hirsch is because he ate lunch with a freshman with Asperger's syndrome and started hanging out with him. His mother was so impressed that she wrote to NBC. They put both kids and both mothers on TV. They talk about how great Zach is, and what an impact it has had an his life to have a popular friend.
But then they ask Graham, the aspie boy, if he likes playing sports in school. He says, no, he doesn't. He's just the manager. And rather than taking a minute to find out what that's like-- to actually find out anything about him other than that he was lonely and this great NT kid saved his life-- or even to express empathy, everyone laughs at him. On TV. About the fact that he isn't happy about the fact that he doesn't get to play sports. His mom, who has just gone on at length about how life-changing this friendship has been for Graham, says nothing.
And then they bring out Broadway star Kate Baldwin to sing a song that Kathie Lee Gifford co-wrote about how miserable Graham was and how great Zach is.
Apparently no one has thought about how it will feel for Graham to sit there while a song about his miserable life called "All Alone" is sung at him. He cries. And there is nothing humiliating about that for a high school boy, is there?
When the song is over, they ask him about the tears and if he liked the song, and Graham becomes my hero. In a masterpiece of understatement, he says this:
"Yeah, it was a little too sad."
Because it depicts his life as utterly miserable wihout NT attention.
And they all laugh at him again.
I'm not a fan of Howard Stern in general, but here he is priceless, expressing how amazed he is at the treatment Graham has gotten. He understands exactly what the kid meant: "That's not my life."
Stern is about as filthy and profane as possible, so don't listen if that will hurt your feelings.
Howard Stern's response (warning: extremely strong language and content)