I have been seeing an article floating around Facebook for the past couple of days about claiming, remember this is just a speculation NOT actual fact, that Marshall Mathers (AKA Eminem) definitely has Asperger’s Syndrome. I am terribly disgusted by the claim going about, as if it is a bare-bone fact and not just speculation that can easily be proven false, but I am even more disgusted that people in the Aspie/Autistic community as BUYING INTO this bullshit! Now, before anyone in the community even thinks about trying to prove me wrong or that I have no place to comment on this, I am diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and have been Autistic for a very long time. I know exactly what I am talking about when it comes to Autism/Asperger’s and this bullshit has prompted me to write this blog. Here are some reasons why i think this is bullshit.
There is no irrefutable proof that Mathers has ever been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
The reason that this claim seems to be going around is because of a few lyrics that have mentioned Asperger’s Syndrome. I can’t believe that I have to say that just BECAUSE someone claims to have symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome that doesn’t mean they should be automatically believed. Many people have claimed to be Aspie or Autistic to get away with abusive or horrible behaviour in the past or even if they have had an “Aspie moment.” Many people in the mainstream media have claimed that some school shooters are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder. Do we REALLY want to support someone who has outwardly written misogynistic, homophobic, and racist lyrics and has been unrepentent about it? Do we really want to associate or welcome those type of people into our community? Do we want to give neurotypicals MORE PROOF that Aspies/Autistic people support violence or are violent? Remember, there are not just straight, white men who are diagnosed Autistic/Aspie.
Even if he is, that does not mean we should welcome him with open arms
There is far too much abuse within and outside of the community that we have to accept EVERY person who claims to have Asperger’s/Autism. This is why I cannot accept someone, who has not had a official diagnosis from a doctor, that claims to have Autism. We cannot know if this person is bullshitting or may have another disorder. We need to be more vigilant than that, we need to THINK MORE CRITICALLY about what we hear from people. Do not accept bullshit claims like this as the whole truth. Wouldn’t it be convient for Mathers to claim to have Asperger’s Syndrome just to excuse his past behaviour? THINK ABOUT IT!
We should not excuse or ignore his past behaviour simply because he claims to have Asperger’s
It stuns me that fellow Aspies/Autistics are whole-heartedly accepting him without remembering some of his more vile and horrible lyrics towards his mother and ex-wife. NO ONE in the community is mentioning that he has openly spoken RAPE THREATS to female muscians! Is the Aspie/Autistic community WILLING to take that shit into account? Are they willing to stand up and say that what he did in the past was and still is NOT ACCEPTABLE OR EXCUSABLE? I sincerely hope so. Abusers have used mental illness to get away with behaviour like this, let us not be the community that does the same!