Tag Archives: Russell Howard


22 Sep

Why does our TV channels feel its OK to screen shows featuring comedians mocking children and Adults with autism?

What really annoys me most is that this same channel screens programmes that actually help to raise awareness for autism yet they are happy to feature so called funny comedians joking at the expense of a child like mine.

I was sat up late on Thursday night/Friday morning as I couldn’t sleep. I sat on the sofa wrapped in a blanket, a cuppa by my side, watching BBC3.

“Oh Russell Howard… I like him” I thought to myself.

I like how this young comedian is able to take something and brighten it up. His funny look on life is refreshing. He never seems to overstep the mark, and importantly he is able to laugh at himself.

Then what happened? Yer, you’ve guessed it… Russell Howard joined the many other unappealing comedians out there and I suddenly found myself going off him in what seemed like an instant.

The show ‘Right Here Right Now’ is a stand up recording of Russell Howard on stage doing his thing.

The not so funny joke…

“Why is Bieber famous?? I’ll tell you why, it’s because he said the word baby more times than any man in a 3 minute period. It’s like an autistic child in a maternity ward, Baby, Baby, Baby… OOH. That’s not music that’s mental illness!”

Did I overreact by writing this? I don’t think I did. For one autism is a spectrum condition, not all children with autism repeat things! Secondly and most importantly, Autism isn’t even a mental illness it’s a Neurological condition. Miss informing a nation that’s already built upon ignorance and stigma isn’t going to help anybody is it!

I don’t think any comedian who feels its OK to mock another because they are autistic or suffer mental health difficulties is worth watching. Would he had thought twice if this involved another medical condition? My guess is yes!

But above all what upsets me more is that the BBC are happy to screen such rubbish, especially given they broadcast shows that do such a great job to highlight the positives in autism.

I’m a mother who has watched her child struggle not just with aspects of his Aspergers diagnosis but at the hands of ignorance too. Yet somehow I do manage to add some Witt to my writing, sometimes my motto is “if I don’t laugh I’ll go crazy” but this isn’t the same is it! I’ve tried to look at what Russell Howard said and see some light hearted banter in it, sadly I can’t… It was just a horrid uncaring thing to say.

I think this show was a repeat from months back as the YouTube comments Stretch back for over months! Therefore maybe this is something of old news to you? Nonetheless, the comments are still being added to YouTube, some in support of the autism community, others just to comment on how funny they found it…

“Russell Howard is my role model. I use his jokes and my friends don’t stop laughing. If I saw Russell Howard in real life… id thank him for his work.” MrTheRUNESCAPER 8 months ago 3 Comment taken from Youtube

The above comment worries me, as does many others. No wonder its often a struggle to get our children through school without finding themselves the victims of bullies.

Please BBC, be more careful with the message your sending and Russell… You’re just not funny!

A-Z Of Me

28 Nov

OK, I was actually tagged to do this post entitled the ‘A-Z of me’ in  WAIT FOR IT… September! Yes, useless I know! I discovered I had been tagged by the fabulous & lovely Heidi  writer of the blog ‘Him, me & three’ via ttwitter! I checked out Heidi’s post, thought, “Great idea let’s get started” yet somehow got distracted, as you do! Only to be reminded some 2 or more months later when Mummybird (another lovely blogger) posted her A-Z of me after being tagged.  I do wish to add that I only discovered that mummybird had written the A-Z of me, due to her taste in men! “Mummybird if you are reading this…. KEEP YOUR MITTS OF ROBBIE, HIS MINE WOMAN, MINE…”

SO, my fashionably late article, just like it’s writer is finally live… Here is the A-Z of me!

 Me in my festive get up.

Anorak… Do you have a sad side? I have a little bit of a stationary obsession and can’t help buying pens, diaries, note book, anything stationary really! I guess that is a tad sad isn’t it?

 BODY…What physical attribute would you most like to change? What part wouldn’t I like to change should be the question! Seriously I want my pre-preggers body back, it was dead easy with the first two, not with Harley his almost 2 and I still can’t get back in my size 8s… Gutted, but working hard on a number of keep fit projects… Bring it on!

 CELEBRITY…Which one would you most like to date and why? Robbie William’s  is a little bit of alrite isn’t he 🙂 but his now a taken man and I’m feeling pretty upset about that actually! Why would I like to date him? Do I really need to answer that? (Mummy bird, you really need to keep your eyes of my Robbie)   

 DEBUT …Tell us about your first ever blog post. What made you start blogging? I introduced myself, talked about Little mans autism and ranted about the system and how slow….. It was. I look back and think to myself how rather poor my blogging skills were back then, though it helps me to appreciate how far along my writing skills have developed! I may not be the best writer or have the top marks for grammar but I inject passion into what I write and I really hope that comes across to my readers!

 ERROR …What’s been your biggest regret?  Not finishing school because eventually you have to do even more to get where you wanna be! Its better to work your arse of when you’re a youngster so you can rake in the benefits as early on as your twenties. Despite this, I do believe it doesn’t take an A level or even masters degree to make a success of your life!

 FUNNY – who’s making you laugh? I think Lee Nelson is a very funny dude, its my childish side, I just can’t help but laugh at his Dr Bob and Faliraki Nights sketches! Also a big fan of Lee Evens and Russell Howard! 

 GRAND…If we gave you one right now what would you spend it on? If I’m honest I’d be dead tempted to get myself a new Macbook (currently have Mac air and though it’s stunning I need to move on!) I’d also quite like to get me mitts on a nice ipad 2! But what I want and what I get is two different things altogether! Yes… with three children & a Christmas list as long as my arm, plus the added addition of having a huge family network, I’d more than likely spend it on Christmas.

 HOLIDAY… What’s your favourite destination? Greece (Island of Rhodos) I lived and worked there when I was just 17 years old, gosh they were the days! Don’t get me wrong, although I love my children more than life itself, I do miss them days of sun, sea, sand, fish bowls, cocktails and late nights (Oh, yer I guess I still get plenty of late nights, don’t I!)

 IRRITATE… What’s your most annoying habit? The fact I keep using the word ‘Awesome’ God I don’t know where it came from, I don’t say it ever, just write it, why? I really don’t have a clue, I come across like some beach dude. AWESOME!!

 JOKER…Whats your favourite joke {the one that makes you laugh everytime you hear it}? I saw a bloke Moonwalking in the street. He was really good so I went over to commend him on his silky Jackson moves. He said “Get lost smart arse, I’ve got dog s*** on my trainers” Well, I honestly laughed loudly as I sat on the bus when I read this in a text from my nutty mate! She sends me at least 5 great jokes a day! 

 KENNEL… Do you have any pets? Yes, I have two kittens, two very naughty kittens I might add.

 LOVE…Are you single, married, engaged, living with a long-term partner? Live apart I have three kids already!

 MEAL… Whats your ultimate starter, main and dessert? Italian Salad followed by a pasta dish of some sort and finished of with Cheese cake. A couple of bottles of white makes a cracking addition wouldn’t you agree?

 NOW…If you could be anywhere right now where would you be and who with? I’d be in either in Greece or Italy with the children.

 OFF DUTY…What do you do in your spare time? When I have some precious free timeI blog, blog & blog some more! When I’m not blogging I social network (Holds hands up, Yes I’m a twitter head) I also volunteer for NAS, catch up with friends and family and when the funds allow it… I shop!

 PROUD MOMENTS …What are you most proud of? My three children, I’m proud how far Little man has come, and how his now embracing his Aspergers. I’m proud of my daughters ability to cope so well when things get tough, and the amazing developments my almost two-year old is making every single day, though I wish he would stay small forever, I really do! 

 QUEASY …What turns your stomach? Needles I loth them, I fear them, I run from them!!!

 RELAX…How do you relax? Writing here on the blog while blasting music through my ipod, (It’s the only way I can process my thoughts, to drown out the background noise, which tends to reach high levels in my house. I also like to read, tweet with a glass of white and a naughty ciggy! I also love to get deep into some art, or tend to unwind shopping for shoes… One of life’s little pleasures!

 SONG…Whats your favourite song of all time? I love music and listen to music more than I watch TV. I like far to many songs to choose just one, I also like a wide range of music from old skool garage, to a bit of Cold play.

 TIME …If you could go back in time and relive it again, when would you choose? The last time I saw my Grandmother, If I knew it was going to be the last, I would have said a whole lot more, I would have been sure to tell her I loved her though I’m sure she knew, I would have still have liked to have said it that one last time! 

 UNKNOWN…Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows? That Nobody else knows? Your seriously crazy, that would be a secret and a serious one if I was the only one that knew! So… Forget it, I’m staying zipped!

 VOCAL…. Who is your favourite artist? Really couldn’t say I have to many. 

 WORK….. What is your dream job, and are you doing it now?  Solicitor specialising in education law (no, I’m not doing it now)! I’d also like to write for living and own my own brand.

 XRAY…Any broken bones? Just my little toe, the hospital didn’t need a xray to confirm.

 YIKES…What’s been your most embarrassing moment? Realising my skirt was tucked in my knickers at school (sad thing was I only discovered this once I had walked through a crowded assembly hall) The red face of shame, I’ll never forget it!

 ZOO…. If you were an animal, which one would you be? It’s got to be a chimp, cute but all so bloody cheeky.

I don’t have a clue who has been tagged already, what with this post being so…. late who bets I tag someone to do this A-Z, who has already done it? Looks certain I will doesn’t it! 

Ok if you have done this then “whoops, I’m sorry!”  I tag… 

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