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Monday, August 4, 2008

Hooray for Honda

I just received this email from an autism activist:

An American Honda automobile radio commercial mistakenly ran in the
Michael Savage “Savage Nation” radio program in the San Diego and New
York markets. We have taken immediate steps to ensure that all national
and regional Honda advertising be pulled from this program permanently.

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey A. Smith
Assistant Vice President
Corporate Affairs & Communications
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California, 90501

I am just so PISSED OFF at that asshole, Savage. He is as cruel as he is misinformed. Autistic kids are not “brats,” but he sure is. I have avoided posting about the aptly-named Michael Savage because I did not want his stations to get more attention and possibly do even more damage. I sent a letter right away to our local affiliate, WRKO, but did not hear back.

It was wrong of me not to blog about it when silence can be construed as apathy. There is no ignoring evil.

Savage and his minions really need to apologize and learn from their mistakes.

We should all thank Mr. Smith and we should all consider buying Hondas for our next cars. Tell a friend.


Hi Susan,
I just read the New York Times article about Michael Savage.He is really a throwback to the dark ages and shows people he is as educated as a piece of lint,no offense to the lint.I’m sorry the autistic community has to be subjected to this kind of radio trash talk.

— added by Anonymous on Monday, August 4, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Hi Susan,

Savage is not against autism at all. You need to listen to his show and check on youtube and his website where he has some excerpts posted. He can be bombastic and brusque at times but what he says is the truth generally. There is a lot of lechers grabbing onto the autism bandwagon and it all takes away from those with true autism and in need of more funding. As to inducing advertisers to stop, this is America, the land of free speech. Listen to him, maybe you’ll learn something beyond the drivel of the alphabet channels, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc.

— added by Anonymous on Monday, August 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Honda’s just trying to cover their a**.

Everyone knows that this Savage jerk is just an idiot. If he needed to prove that autism exists, he could meet my son or your son, or ten thousand others. He’s like people who say the Holocaust never happened. They’re sad is what they are.

— added by Queen Mutha on Monday, August 4, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Thank God that we DO own Hondas. I’ve been quiet (but seething) about the whole thing b/c my feeling is that he says/does things for publicity, and acknowledging him only feeds his publicity.

It’s a tough one, b/c on the other hand, we need to call for his immediate dismissal from public broadcasting.

— added by drama mama on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 1:05 am

Susan, you are truly a gracious hostess to put up that comment defending Savage and his show on your blog. I HAVE listened to his show (pre-autism slamming), and he was just as repugnant then as he is now.

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from natural consequences of speech. In other words, you can say whatever you wish, yes, but that doesn’t mean people don’t have the right to call you an asshole and pull their funding from your program if THEY wish. The Constitution is a beautiful thing. 😀

P.s., we own a Honda and I love it.

— added by ASDmomNC on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 7:02 am

We have two Honda Elements in our mini-fleet, which in my opinion is the best designed car for hauling kids, neurotypical or not. But that’s another rant.

Michael Savage is a collosal ASSHOLE. (Pardon my decision to use technical talk like that.) My biggest beef is that some of his listeners will absorb what he has said as the truth. Just like Queen Mutha, I imagined Mr. Savage hanging out with Jared for an afternoon, yammering that Jared needed to straighten up and fly right (but honestly, I couldn’t and wouldn’t do that to Jared).

Anytime there is a health crisis, there will be an bunch of underlying bottomfeeders that prey on the vulnerability of others. Snake oil salesmen do not discriminate, that’s why parents/guardians have got to follow the science. That’s our responsibility, to sort through the crap, and believe me, it’s murky sometimes. Micheal Savage’s decision to trivialize autism is abhorrent and uninformed, because some of his listeners won’t bother to question his opinions. Lisa

Come to think of it, Jared might just charm him with one of his Oompa Loompa dances. No, no, no cuteness for Michael Savage!!!!!

— added by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 11:00 am

Our father drives a Honda!

Someone on this list should put up a post listing all the companies who have withdrawn ads or other support for Michael Savage, so that we might help them get even more business from us! Or just to thank them…..

I got here via the autism hub. Our blog just became listed as a member blog today.

Ivan of athenivanidx

— added by athenivanidx on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Thanks for passing the word to us via your blog Susan.

Those of us in the autism community who are trying to properly inform people about the true nature of autism as we are at find it incredibly discouraging when someone like Mr. savage perpetuates hateful comments against autistics.

— added by Thomas D. Taylor on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Wow, I have never been prouder of driving/owning a Honda than I am at this moment! As someone who works in this field and has had the opportunity to work with and talk to many parents of students who have autism, I am furious that someone would continue to perpetuate these horrible lies about autism and individuals dealing with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The families such as yours, who attack life with gusto on a daily basis, and strive continually to make life better for your child with autism and for the rest of your family, are truly heroic and challenge all of us to be better family members and better human beings. Thanks for inspiring me!

— added by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 8:00 pm

That’ll be the day that I listen to this first class jerk for all my “facts” about autism. All these right wingers who constantly try to compete with each other with stupidity and outrageous statements and for one reason only: to see how much attention they can draw to themselves. It’s all about their egos and nothing else.

— added by Sharon L. on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I already have enough problems with my family. For instance, my son-in-law absolutely believes that there is nothing wrong with my youngest son that spanking wouldn’t cure.

— added by tiredmom on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 1:56 am

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