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(CBC)   Mother furious that her child [23] was harassed out of a theatre simply because he's autistic [and was causing a disruption]   (cbc.ca ) divider line 291
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2014-03-21 02:49:13 PM  

serpent_sky: She is aware of things like DVDs, cable, Netflix, and other such things that exist? If movies and movie previews are known to agitate your "child" (who is an adult, like it or not) why on earth would you go to a theatre?


I was going to say this exact thing, but you beat me to it.  Good to see there some other thinking people in this world.
 
2014-03-21 02:49:17 PM  
The only person I feel sympathy for here is the autistic son.

He has a history of meltdowns yet she took him to the theater anyway, which is not fair to him or the rest of the paying audience. If he can't handle the situation try, oh I dunno... watching movies at home, maybe?? Or go when the theater is empty (weekday, matinee, whatever) and time your arrival so you miss the previews. Hell, I'm neurotypical and I do that to avoid disruptive people so I can actually enjoy the movie!
 
2014-03-21 02:49:31 PM  
Christian outrage is best outrage.
 
2014-03-21 02:49:33 PM  

sunnewswebguy: gopher321: "How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.

Sure thing tough guy, and you'll look real funny trying to remove that popcorn bucket out of butthole 3 minutes later...


www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-03-21 02:49:36 PM  
Hey, at least he wasn't texting during the previews. He might not have made it out of there.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-03-21 02:49:36 PM  
What's up with putting a quarter of the article after the comments?  Is that common, now?
 
2014-03-21 02:49:55 PM  
Sounds like the lady wasn't "furious" subs, she was bummed how her and her son were heckled out of the place. I don't think I could bring myself to heckle/cheer as a special needs kid and his mom try to leave the theater, you gotta bet a special kinda douchebag for that.
 
2014-03-21 02:50:04 PM  
If you're making loud noise during a movie you better well be dying. And if you are dying go outside so you stop interrupting the movie.
 
2014-03-21 02:51:06 PM  
//People with dementia and Alzheimer's are worse than kids with autism


Good point. Let's keep them out of the theater too.
 
2014-03-21 02:51:22 PM  

The Crepes of Wrath: She should feel grateful she even has a child.  A couple hundred years ago, he would have been tied to a tree to feed hungry wolves.


She would never tell anyone this, but her favorite movie opening was 300.

content8.flixster.com
 
2014-03-21 02:51:33 PM  

I should be in the kitchen: He has a history of meltdowns yet she took him to the theater anyway, which is not fair to him or the rest of the paying audience.


Agreed. The poor kid probably loves going to the movies, but going to the theater is an immersive experience. If you can't "lose" yourself in a movie you are wasting your money.
 
2014-03-21 02:51:40 PM  
Your claims of disability and special needs do not at any point authorize you to deprive others of their rights or enjoyment of public spaces.
 
2014-03-21 02:51:56 PM  
Who's worse at the movies, black people or autistic people?
And don't give me any crap about black people at the movies, even Eddie Murphy knew it to be true.
 
2014-03-21 02:52:09 PM  
Her stepmother tried to explain to patrons - who hurled insults - that Max had autism to no avail, The Blaze reported.

Yeah, I'd want them to quit disrupting the movie, but if this is how it played out, then the people in the theater were being bigger pricks than the situation warranted. Especially since hurling insults just exacerbates the situation, thereby drawing it out AND making things louder. Because nothing says "shut up. I want to see the movie" like starting a 10 minute screaming match. If someone can't figure out how to deal with an autistic kid freaking out, they really shouldn't try to pitch in. Nothing makes them get louder and more scared than screaming at them does.

As for this woman, I understand she wants to take her son to the movie. That's fine, but you can hit a matinee on anything but opening weekend, and stand a good chance of finding an empty auditorium. Maybe you should try that next time? She doesn't even have to go during the week. Hit that Sunday ll am showing, and if you think that he might have problems, you will quite possibly be the only one in  the theater and can still see the movie, but not disturb a bunch of angry people.
 
2014-03-21 02:53:06 PM  

433: That was a T-H-E-A-T-E-R, for movies, not a T-H-E-A-T-R-E, for stage.  Unless Canada has different rules for that.



American English is the only place where the theater spelling is standard, but there is absolutely no rule differentiating between the two spellings. People like to make stuff up like "theater" is the building but "theatre" is the art or one spelling is for movies and one if for plays, but there's really no basis for any of that.
 
2014-03-21 02:53:21 PM  
Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.

Sure thing tough guy, and you'll look real funny trying to remove that popcorn bucket out of butthole 3 minutes later...


You call him a "tough guy" for saying he'd throw popcorn then try to scare him with an violent beatdown???
Are you special, too?
 
2014-03-21 02:53:26 PM  
My local movie theatre (in UK) has autistic friendly screenings. As they are a large commercial chain I assume they are making a profit from the deal as they do it nationwide.
 
2014-03-21 02:55:28 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: If your kid, whether from age one week to 99, is causing a disturbance in public, you remove that kid from the situation. Period. Pulling the "oh poor picked on special needs kid (adult)" ain't cutting it here.


Welcome to Fark.
 
2014-03-21 02:55:32 PM  
Touched by a blog post chronicling the incident, she is renting out a theatre to host a movie night for people with special needs.

Many years ago, I saw some zombie movie (I think it was one of the Resident Evil movies) in the theater.  To my surprise, it apparently was also movie night for some group of mentally handicapped individuals.  There must have been at least 20 of them, and they were spread out throughout the seats, so I was surrounded by them.

Throughout the whole movie, these individuals would shuffle back-and-forth in their seats and make occasional low moaning sounds.

It was awesome.
 
2014-03-21 02:56:22 PM  

Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker: Who's worse at the movies, black people or autistic people?
And don't give me any crap about black people at the movies, even Eddie Murphy knew it to be true.


Yeah, and Chris Rock:  "This movie's so good, I'mma bust a cap in here!"  LOL
 
2014-03-21 02:56:33 PM  
I have a little kid.  I don't take him to movies.  Instead, he gets his entertainment from a thousand other venues/activities that are more appropriate.

There's no reason for this woman and her son to be any different.  Whether his social problems are due to age, medical condition, drugs, an injury, a bad attitude, or any other reason doesn't make a difference.

Recognize your limitations and live within them.  Accept that your son might not be able to see movies in a theatre.  Just like he may need to accept that he can't drive a car, work in nuclear physics, do stand up comedy on weekends, and a million other things.
 
2014-03-21 02:56:47 PM  
Why do I get the feeling that mommy dearest has been putting her child in situations like this for years. The kind of woman who wraps her self in self righteousness and victimhood. At the expense of her actual child of course.
 
2014-03-21 02:56:58 PM  
I'm told that the screaming "autistic" child is just overwhelmed by stimuli, so why did you bring him to a movie theater? I've seen them freaking out in an Apple store, I can't imagine what a space designed to fully engage your senses would do.

These ones that freak out seem to be about as engaged with their surroundings as someone with welding goggles and ear muffs. Why not try matching their inputs to that?

/a sign of an affluent society
 
2014-03-21 02:58:10 PM  
No sympathy. Procreation is a choice and a gamble and you deal with what you are given in the best way possible.
1. infants - dont take them to movie theaters, sit down resturants (excluding fast food) or planes. Tough shiat no exceptions hire a sitter, if you cant afford one you cant go out. Your baby does not need to see the latest explosion filled super action movie. Its going to scare it you cruel animal.
2. Toddlers - most instances see above
3. kids - mostly ok, keep them out of my better resturants.
4. Teenagers - Lock them away for the next 15 years in a small secluded place
5. adults - fill with booze
6. Elderly - give them a Throne.... they raised their kids better than you
7. Autism - choose your environment wisely. Some of us chose to abstain from procreation. Things that came out of your body are not my responsibility. I am not going to protect, entertain, tolerate your crotch fruit. Your job... not mine.

Thee bigger issue is parents treat children as normal people. they are not. they are unprogrammed. they have no base code to form rules of their own. Parents assume the world will teach them and the world needs to tolerate this learning process and it pisses me off to no end.

I need to stop.. I am going to piss a lot of people off.
 
2014-03-21 02:58:45 PM  

sunnewswebguy: gopher321: "How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.

Sure thing tough guy, and you'll look real funny trying to remove that popcorn bucket out of butthole 3 minutes later...


Well, I'm sure he's not going to want it once you stuff it in your ass.
 
2014-03-21 02:59:21 PM  

The_Sponge: hb0mb: and we almost always have the theatre to ourselves.


CSB:

The last time I had a theater to myself was an early Sunday morning showing of the Evil Dead remake.  Holy f*ck that was creepy....almost wanted to head straight to church.

/Got my money's worth.


Double Plus Ungood CSB:

Midnight showing of Star Trek Into Darkness.  Just me, 3D glasses and one couple.

/The howling rainstorm outside might've been a factor.

//Not when you live four blocks from the theater.

///Downtown Fort Worth.  She's a beautiful thing.
 
2014-03-21 02:59:32 PM  

oldfarthenry: Is anyone else shamefully laughing at the thought of a theatre full of Tourette's sufferers swearing their heads off during a screening of some church-lady approved film?

*snicker-snicker-snicher-shame-guilt-snicker-snicker....*


My X is a special needs teacher and we went to some special needs conference in Denver.  I was in a room full of kids that "ain't right in the hey-ed" and send me to hell if you want, a lot of what they did made me laugh.  And cringe.

In related news, the X begged me to buy her this shirt and i refused because if she wore it in public (which she would) there's simply no doubt a parent would see it.

i1.cpcache.com
 
2014-03-21 02:59:35 PM  

Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker: Who's worse at the movies, black people or autistic people?
And don't give me any crap about black people at the movies, even Eddie Murphy knew it to be true.


Poor people like you are the worst. I just don't know why you poors don't farking die all ready. farking Obamacare queens. We should offer free food and drugs to the poors laced with deadly poison. Or you know ship them to Crimea to fight Crom.
 
2014-03-21 02:59:38 PM  
i.imgur.com

/obscure and going to hell.
 
2014-03-21 02:59:53 PM  

serial_crusher: "Yeah, of course my vuvuzela makes a lot of noise. That's what it does. Why are you being so intolerant?"


Have you tried seeing your gynaecologist?
 
2014-03-21 03:00:10 PM  

ToastTheRabbit: I need to stop.. I am going to piss a lot of people off.


You would need to matter to us first.
 
2014-03-21 03:00:10 PM  
Some of you must really love when old white men go to the movies and shot people for texting...
 
2014-03-21 03:00:29 PM  

The_Sponge: Dubbed "Movie with Max," some 300 people, including many with special needs, will fill a local theatre at the end of the month to watch The Muppets Most Wanted.


Remember that scene in Gremlins where they were watching Snow White?  Who wants to wager it will be just like that?

/Aisle seat, please.


Might be worth $12 just to watch the freak show!

//I'll take the seat next to yours.
 
2014-03-21 03:01:17 PM  
"I think that we have to be intentional with inclusion," Colson said

Just shut up. Not our fault you had a defective cooter egg.
 
2014-03-21 03:02:03 PM  

Headso: Sounds like the lady wasn't "furious" subs, she was bummed how her and her son were heckled out of the place. I don't think I could bring myself to heckle/cheer as a special needs kid and his mom try to leave the theater, you gotta bet a special kinda douchebag for that.


Like most of the people posting on here....
 
2014-03-21 03:02:08 PM  

allylloyd: Some of you must really love when old white men go to the movies and shot people for texting...


No, but we do love when English is spoken.
 
2014-03-21 03:02:17 PM  

Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker: Who's worse at the movies, black people or autistic people?
And don't give me any crap about black people at the movies, even Eddie Murphy knew it to be true.


img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-03-21 03:02:49 PM  
I cannot stand badly designed sites that get greenlighted here.

This site for instance.  It loaded up ok.  But the content of the actual article, is served up from some external source that is blocked by my company.

No excuse for crap design.
 
2014-03-21 03:02:52 PM  
Out of respect for others, you want me to endure a ruined movie experience? How about out respect for others, you accept it's not appropriate for such a disabled person to be disruptive in certain situations? I don't think that's rude or unethical to insist on that. Sorry your kid is autistic.But you should respect that I'm not, and maybe rent a movie instead.
 
2014-03-21 03:03:00 PM  
Wait for it to come out on DVD lady.
 
2014-03-21 03:03:03 PM  

sunnewswebguy: gopher321: "How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.

Sure thing tough guy, and you'll look real funny trying to remove that popcorn bucket out of butthole 3 minutes later...


Except he has a concealed carry permit, shoots you dead, and isn't charged with a crime because you were attempting to rape him.
 
2014-03-21 03:03:03 PM  

gopher321: Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.


I'm willing to bet you've never thrown anything at anyone in a public setting, or told a stranger to shut his drool hole.

But you do have Fark to be a badass, dontcha?
 
2014-03-21 03:03:12 PM  
Buy a bigger TV and stay home.
 
2014-03-21 03:03:23 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: A disability does not give you (or your family) carte blanche to be an asshole


Amen, Brother.  A-FRELLING-MEN.
 
2014-03-21 03:03:28 PM  

TheOtherMisterP: Nothing in the article to me suggests that the mother was "furious". She was certainly upset, but she also seemed to understand the awkward position she was placing the other movie-goers in.


And yet her reaction was little more than, "That's how he is.  Deal with it."  IMHO, that shows a lack of understanding or concern for the other viewers.
 
2014-03-21 03:03:38 PM  

durbnpoisn: But the content of the actual article, is served up from some external source that is blocked by my company.


That really is your problem.
 
2014-03-21 03:03:57 PM  
 a movie night for people with special needs.

Like people who bring their own bucket of KFC, talk at the screen, talk on the cell phone, and Shush you back?
I'm not saying anything else about them, because it was too dark to make out any features.
 
2014-03-21 03:04:16 PM  

Mikey1969: Her stepmother tried to explain to patrons - who hurled insults - that Max had autism to no avail, The Blaze reported.

Yeah, I'd want them to quit disrupting the movie, but if this is how it played out, then the people in the theater were being bigger pricks than the situation warranted. Especially since hurling insults just exacerbates the situation, thereby drawing it out AND making things louder. Because nothing says "shut up. I want to see the movie" like starting a 10 minute screaming match. If someone can't figure out how to deal with an autistic kid freaking out, they really shouldn't try to pitch in. Nothing makes them get louder and more scared than screaming at them does.

As for this woman, I understand she wants to take her son to the movie. That's fine, but you can hit a matinee on anything but opening weekend, and stand a good chance of finding an empty auditorium. Maybe you should try that next time? She doesn't even have to go during the week. Hit that Sunday ll am showing, and if you think that he might have problems, you will quite possibly be the only one in  the theater and can still see the movie, but not disturb a bunch of angry people.


All of this. It seems the Fark brigade was quick to attack her for all the wrong reasons, though she does deserve an attack.
 
2014-03-21 03:04:28 PM  
On one hand, people should be considerate to others and not bring someone into the theater who is likely to disturb other paying customers.

On the other hand, people should be considerate and not insult or harass people who are unintentionally causing a disturbance.

In general, people should be considerate.

But this is America...Who the fark am I kidding? It's the blessed land of "be an asshole to everyone."
 
2014-03-21 03:04:31 PM  

shtychkn: I feel her pain in wanting her son to have as normal a life as possible.  It's a shame this doesn't exist for her:

[katespiritu.com image 850x1062]


(oatmeal comic)

Older people are quiet? Not necessarily. Last movie I went to, the row of teenage boys in front of me was quiet, but the middle-aged couple beside me spent a lot of time rustling around unwrapping candies. Always during the quiet dialogue where you needed to hear what was going on, not during the loud action scenes where you wouldn't notice. Morons. You're not in your living room.
 
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