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Jerks Ruin Movie For Mom And Son With Autism – Community Saves The Day

47603_125887994140115_535574_nIn the past I have gone to a movie with my own family at Christmas. It’s a fun way to celebrate the day especially when an awesome family movie like The Muppets is showing, which was what Emily Colson, her stepmom, and her 23-year-old son named Max decided to do. But their fun family outing was ruined by rude and nasty movie goers who just couldn’t find any Christmas spirit in their hearts and got all in a tizzy during the PREVIEWS because Max made some comments about wanting to leave the theater.

Emily knew her son had issues at the beginnings of movies. He usually exclaims that he wants to go home, and she told her stepmom that it takes him a few minutes to adjust. As she expected, Max declared just this and was totally fine by the time the movie started, and happily remarked so when the Muppets appeared on-screen. But the people sitting in the theater found this horribly offensive and made remarks about how the family should leave. From Special Needs Parenting.Net:

“Are you going to make him be quiet?” The older woman next to Patty exploded with aggravation.

Patty leaned toward her and explained, “He is autistic and…”

“I know he is,” the woman shot back as she lunged forward and pounded on her chest. “But why should the rest of us have to suffer.”

“If you don’t make him be quiet,” her husband shouted, “I’m calling the manager!”

 

Emily left the theater with her stepmom and son and when doing so, a lovely human being called Max a “retard.” Merry Christmas everyone!

This story does have a happy ending, because when a woman named Renee Watson, who has three kids of her own and attends church with Emily heard about this repulsive incident, she hired out a movie theater for Movies With Max, which will screen Muppets Most Wanted on March 27 with an audience of 300 kids with special needs.

I think the entire world needs to come to an agreement that when you are attending an afternoon showing of a family movie, there is bound to be noise, whether by little kids or by others. It isn’t like mom took her son with autism to go see a rated R movie on a Friday night or some other theater time which we all commonly understand is when couples or single adults go to movies. Family movies shown during the day are going to be noisy. Deal with it.

I’m happy that Renee organized this event and it has a happy ending, but come on. We all need to get a little bit kinder and a little bit more compassionate in this world. If you are THAT bothered by the noise someone is making, quietly leave the theater and explain the issue to the manager and ask for a refund. Sheesh.

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  • pixie

    That’s so sad that the people were such dicks, but so happy that something’s being done for him.

    I rarely go to day-time movies because they’re usually way crowded and I’m not a fan of crowds, but on the occasion that I do go, I realize that there’s probably going to be kids (unless it’s an 18A movie) and people with special needs. I don’t get upset because I realize that the world doesn’t revolve around me.

    What does piss me off is teens throwing popcorn at friends a couple rows down or on their phones or just being dicks in general at the night movies.

    • Valerie

      When I see phones lighting up around a movie theatre (during the actual movie, I mean) I get so irritated. Seperate for just a few hours! It isn’t that hard!

    • pixie

      I know! It’s not that hard to tell the person you’re texting that you’re about to start a movie!

    • Valerie

      It really has become an “all about me” sort of world. Sadly, I think social media is a lot of the problem. When people have Twitter and get followers and have Facebook and get 100′s of friends some of them become utterly convinced that their every fart is worthy of report and praise. Of course most people are not like this but some definitely are. Very annoying.

    • Guest

      As much as I want to disagree, I think this is true. I was just at an awards ceremony with my husband’s family and they continued to talk and get up and get food as the head speaker was in his opening speech. I literally about shushed my own MIL and BIL like a damn librarian but its like seriously, stfu for like 2 minutes, it won’t kill you.

    • Valerie

      I see this sort of behavior in my daily life all the time and it makes me nuts. I KNOW it was not like this even 5 years ago- there has definitely been a shift in socially acceptable behavior over the last few years. I will be having a conversation with a co-worker and out of nowhere, they just whip out their phone and start texting. Often, not even pretending they are still listening to me. I get stuck behind assholes at the grocery store all the time- smack in the middle of the aisle zoned out on their phones or even talking on their phones. Jesus, its a Saturday and crazy busy! Have your wits about you so you aren’t a freaking roadblock for everyone else. But the pull of the phone is too strong.

    • courtneth

      I think it’s just general courtesy and consideration for other people that has gone by the wayside. I was just at birthday party for a three-year-old at the zoo, and when the host came in and started telling us what we were going to be doing, several of the adults kept talking like she wasn’t even there. I actually had to shush people, some of whom were older than my parents!

      That’s just a recent example, but I’ve really been noticing it a lot lately. So many people without manners!

    • Valerie

      I still say a lot of it circles back to social media, phones and technology. Face-to-face interaction is less and less. Everyone is fogetting social graces. People are becoming more comfortable and more adept at communicating with a screen than real people. So many would rather text than even talk on the phone- its like the human element has been removed in so many situations. I think manners have been pushed aside in many ways. I know its the wave of the future and all but seeing the cracks in society that stem from people checking out of actual personal interactions is very sad to me.

    • TngldBlue

      Totally OT but the hell is it with people at the grocery store? I can’t remember the last time I grocery shopped where I didn’t, at least once, want to ram my cart into an insanely rude person.

    • momjones

      My local store has a 10% off Senior Citizen day (age 60+), which I proudly qualify for. I have never seen such rude, inconsiderate, annoying people!! The parking lot is crazy – nobody looks when backing out of spaces…people routinely RUN the stop sign at the crosswalk to the store, they just shove their baskets out of the way instead of putting them away (even if it is 10 feet from their car. They push, nag the butcher, stare people down if you don’t get out of the way! Let me say too, that when I go without my husband, I have actually been hit on!! It’s insane, though worth the 10%! One other thing, nobody is using a cell phone in line!

    • AP

      My hometown’s public library had to change Free Senior Movie Night from first-come, first-serve to pre-reserved ticketing with assigned seats. Apparently, the seniors were getting into physical fights over spots in line and seats.

      Seniors can be a rough crowd.

    • momjones

      It’s those damn entitled Baby Boomers :-)

    • Frannie

      I actually unfriended someone who was live tweeting “Tangled.”

    • Kelly

      The movie theatre I go to throws people out for even looking at their phone. If they see it light up, you’re gone. No refund either.

      It’s so nice.

    • Mikster

      I agree about the separate thing, but I don’t even notice people texting until someone around me starts bitching- and that annoys me more than the texting I never noticed, LOL.

    • Valerie

      Oh I never bitch out loud. I prefer to quietly seethe and then complain on the inter webs. :-)

  • Frannie

    What gets me is not only was it a matinee, but it was a matinee of The Muppets! It’s a children’s movie! It’s not a matinee of an R rated adult picture- this is a kids movie at a time when it’s lower priced and when most kids are awake to see it. The red flags were all over this one. If you don’t expect to encounter noise at a daytime viewing of a children’s movie, you’re an idiot.

    • Alicia Kiner

      And really, it wasn’t even the movie yet. I get that people like to see previews, but as long as people aren’t having loud conversations or tantrums or something else drawn out DURING the movie, who cares.

    • keelhaulrose

      People like to see previews? I thought that was when you used the bathroom to make it through two and a half hours of movie.

    • Alicia Kiner

      Yeah, some people are sick, I know. My husbands family made a game out of it. They all guess how many previews at the beginning the loser (not even close to right) has to buy refreshments at the next movie. They always seem to remember who’s turn it is to buy.

    • Sara610

      I love the previews. :)

    • Frannie

      And don’t they jack the volume up super loud during previews anyway?

    • Tired of PC idiots

      It was not a matinee and it was not The Muppets. In the original blog post, it clearly states that max reacted to a Muppets preview, then “finally our feature started”.

      This mother also clearly states that her son has “HUGE issues with the previews” so why did she take him in early? Why not wait for the previews to end? There was assigned seating in this theater so it is not like they were worried about getting seating together. Why did this mother choose to go to a movie that she knew would be occupied by adults rather than something like The Muppets that is geared to children? Why did this mother choose to go to a movie time that she knew would be packed? Why not choose the early matinee that no one ever attends?

      It is highly doubtful that the entire theater rallied against her. It is also highly doubtful that her son only made two shouting remarks before someone spoke up. This mother says nothing about her son’s behavior before entering the actual theater so he could have been unbearably loud in the foyer and people saw this behavior continuing inside with the movie. There are many things not stated here, that anyone with common sense will stop to consider. People need to remember this article is slanted to cause outrage against “them” and garner sympathy toward this mother and her poor, wronged child. This woman makes her living off attracting readers to her blogs, so a story like this is a major payday for her. I will wait until the other moviegoers come forward with their side before condemning them.

    • Frannie

      I’m not familiar with the original post or the mother who wrote it, so while I don’t doubt it clearly states what you’re saying it does, my comment is in response to the article above only. That being said, it was my fault for drawing the conclusion this was a matinee, though the first paragraph certainly made it seem like they were at a showing of the muppets. Also, this post on this site says nothing about an entire theater rallying against anyone. Again, having not read the offending mommy blog, my comments were solely based on THIS article.

      There are definitely certain articles that I will go to the original source and read up on, but not summaries of blog posts on other blogs. Most of these sites I read during lulls at work and I just don’t have the time to go tracking down source information.

    • Momma425

      Yeah, it’s not like their hot date to a matinee of the Muppets was ruined because a child with autism talked during the previews. Come on people!

    • G.S.

      About kids/family movies, just in general, I go to them, and yes, I do expect a bit of noise, since kids get excited and don’t quite have social graces down yet. I get that. A couple of comments here or there aren’t going to upset me. HOWEVER, I don’t like the excuse of, “Oh, it’s a kid’s movie, it’s totally acceptable for kids to carry on however they feel like.” I don’t believe in that. If you take your kids to a movie, there should be an expectation to sit down and enjoy the movie, since other people are trying to watch it, too. A couple of comments, gasps, and laughter every now and then are nothing to get all bent out of joint over, but if kids are constantly shouting, screaming, singing, running around, etc and the parents aren’t doing anything, because “it’s a kid’s movie!”, I tend to get kind of miffed.

    • Frannie

      Fair enough. My kids are 1 and 5 and have never been to a theater, because I can tell you right now neither will sit through a full movie. They can’t even sit through one at home, so I’m skeptical a theater would be any different. I guess it comes down to knowing your kids and what they’re mature enough to handle.

  • Kelly

    It’s a Muppet movie. Kids should be expected.

    Now I went to see Nonstop last night and someone brought a toddler who babbled and cried through the entire movie. That pissed me off. Of course the kid was bored out of his mind, there’s nothing in that movie for him.

  • Valerie

    Wow. Some people have seriously short fuses. When my husband and I went to the Hunger Games movie last fall we sat next to a few douchebags who talked throughout the entire first half of the movie- it took that long for us to finally turn to them and ask them to please be quiet. How can someone justify losing their temper that quickly before the actual movie has even started? Get the fuck over yourself.

    • Ginny

      I did a double feature of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The theatre was packed-completely sold out. The lady next to me texted the entire two movies. The little light on the cell phone is annoying when you’re trying to watch the movie. But I dealt with it. People need to relax and get over themselves. At the end of the day it’s a movie-and a Muppets movie at that. I don’t think you were going to miss key plot points.

    • footnotegirl

      Nope, that woman (texting during a movie=she’s no lady) should be forced to watch this over and over:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs

      Wish more theaters were like the Alamo Drafthouse.

    • Mikster

      Can’t understand why texting is such an annoyance. I don’t notice until someone with me or around starts bitching and scoffing- ends up bothering more than the texting I never noticed. But I will say,., if someone is using for light in navigating stairs- I totally support that. I’m about ready to bring a big honking MagLite so I don’t trip and fall down the poorly lit stairs.

    • footnotegirl

      The stairs at the alamo drafthouse are pretty well lit (I have been to all but their Virginia theater, and have navigated all their stairs in the dark). Also, if you listen, she says she texts in all sorts of theaters etc. etc. The “I was only using it to get up and down the stairs” was a lie.
      Texting in a theater is annoying because you are in a dark room watching a bright screen. Any other bright screen is going to be a visual distraction constantly drawing your eyes away. Also, many people do not turn off the little ‘tick tick tick’ sound/vibration when typing, and there’s usually a noise associated with texts coming and going.

    • Mikster

      Oh I’m not commenting on her in particular, but rather the lack of illumination in the theaters in my own area. I never thought of using my phone, and won’t- as they are prohibited, but I AM going to bring my mini-LED for myself in the future. I can’t drive all the way to Virginia for better illumination ;-)
      As I said, texting itself doesn’t annoy me in the least, but from the complaints, I’ll concede it does to others. Loud noises however really make me react. S deos the bitching of people around me when texting annoys them, LOL. I’ve already dropped a couple freinds of ours from the movie rotation cause they.NEVER.stop.BITCHING.about people around us texting (and continue bitching afterward and at the next few visits to our home @@), and they end up spoiling the movie more for me than the texting I’d have never noticed. So sad, too bad for them.

    • brebay

      Ugh. I hate it. The phone lights up in a dark room, and two or three of them are very distracting. I always notice it.

    • Mikster

      OK- I guess different thing annoy different people. Texting just doesn’t
      even register to me. But someone shouting- especially if they were
      close to me- loud noises whenyou least expect them, I usually have a very fight or flight response.

    • Mikster

      Again, I concede- even tho it doesn’t register to me, I realize it does to others.

    • the_ether

      The bright light of the screen is distracting enough, but some people still have the clicky noises in their keyboard, which will drive me up the wall at the best of times, let alone when I am trying to watch Veronica Mars skewer someone with her snark.

    • Mikster

      LOL- OK- I conceded that even tho it does not phase me, I understand it DOES distract others.

  • pixie

    Now that I’m thinking about it, I knew a guy in my undergrad who was a part-time support worker for a severely special needs boy – almost completely non-verbal and in a wheelchair. I’m not sure how old the boy was, but he was probably in his early to mid teens. My acquaintance did things like bring the boy on outings and take him to the movies, and one of the few times I went to a mid-day showing, my acquaintance and his charge were there. I heard a few happy noises made by the boy during the pre-movie ads and maybe in a preview, but thought nothing of it. Once the movie was on, I actually forgot there was a special needs boy there until I saw his and my acquaintance after the movie and chatted with them.
    I’m also not a dick and treated the boy like the person he is and asked him if he enjoyed the movie, to which he nodded his head in super excitement. He might have been very special needs and his mind not fully developed, but he could understand simple questions and ask yes or no. I would never dream of calling him a “retard” or shaming him and my acquaintance into leaving, especially since I forgot they were even there the boy was so quiet during the movie.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Ugh. As everyone else said, it’s a matinee showing of a kid’s movie, what the actual fuck did these people expect?

  • keelhaulrose

    People can be particularly unforgiving of people with all sorts of special needs. I’ve heard lots of different things, including the r word when I thanked a woman for something on behalf of my non verbal autistic two year old and people loudly demanding my wheelchair bound grandmother get out of a crowded restaurant because it took a bit of maneuvering to get her at a table. Those people are jerks.
    Good to see there’s some good people, too.

  • Alicia Kiner

    And how did she “know” the kid had autism? Was he wearing a sign?

    • keelhaulrose

      I’ve gone through four years of school for special education, and I would never make an assumption about someone’s condition.

    • Alicia Kiner

      I have a special needs nephew, and my son has what are considered special needs though I don’t consider him to be special needs. I would NEVER presume to say I know to ANYONE about their child. I would just… I was going to say apologize, but I never would have said anything in the first place. I possibly would have engaged HIM first, or asked if she wanted anything. But never would I have been so rude

    • Sri

      I would never assume, but I would also never yell at someone like that person did, either. There are some signs like stimming or toe walking gaits that make me suspect that someone is autistic, though. Not that people with autism all have those same patterns or that all people with those patterns are autistic, it just a group of signs that so many of my students on the spectrum exhibit that it makes me wonder. When I see signs like that, unlike the woman in this story, I tend to be more understanding, especially during the super loud previews that overwhelm me a lot of the time. Hell, I try to be understanding no matter what, but especially if I have any indication that there may be extenuating circumstances. I just can’t fathom seeing indicators that someone is autistic and then using that against them to chastise them for daring to go out in public.

  • Guest

    I always hear these stories and I just can’t imagine it actually happening. Maybe I’m lucky that I haven’t encountered anything like this (yet) because I would blow a freakin gasket. I know my husband would too. The only time IRL I hear about stuff like this is when someone is telling me how they/their spouse told someone off for acting like a douche.

  • Sara610

    Why the hell would you go see a movie like the Muppets in the middle of the afternoon and expect it to be quiet? That’s like going to the mall the day before Christmas and getting pissed off when it’s crowded.

    Yes, kids being loud and making noise would be annoying in an 8 p.m. showing of The Black Swan. But there are some places where you just have to exercise a little common sense and figure, if I’m going to go to this place at this time, I’m going to encounter xyz.

  • C.J.

    It was a kid’s movie, it’s not supposed to be totally quiet. If the boy was saying he wanted to go home and being disruptive because he wasn’t handling it well for the whole movie I could see expecting him to leave. Not even so much for the other people but for him. He obviously enjoys movies, just finds the beginning boring advertisement part agitating. I find that part irritating too.

  • SA

    What is this obsession with being quiet during the previews lately. The guy in FL that was killed checking in on his daughter, remember that?! I mean, one of my favorite parts of going to the movie is the previews, but it isn’t like you are missing any plot lines. Also, it is a matinee of a kids movie – not exactly the place to go if you want to have some quiet time.

  • waffre

    I think for me a “happy ending” to this story would have been more like, someone else in the theater or an usher told those assholes off / made them leave. I can only hope I would have the guts to do so if I saw someone harassing people in a public place.

  • whiteroses

    I’m sorry- but if it’s that important to you to make sure you see all possible plot points in a kid’s movie and you’re over 20, perhaps you should wait until the movie’s out on DVD.

    I have issues with toddlers coming to R-rated movies at 8 PM and crying the entire time. A kid’s movie in the middle of the day? Please. You’re lucky nobody spat gum in your hair, lady.

  • Tea

    I’ve noticed people get even nastier with adults with special needs, it’s like all of the precious “inspirational” kids grow up into the kind of people that are suddenly deemed unacceptable to have out in public. My 20-ish year old cousin is disabled but really, really outgoing, friendly, and personable, and he’s noticed that people don’t talk to him anymore, and he genuinely can’t understand what happened, And I can’t, either.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      Don’t you know it’s in the special needs agenda that when you grow up you have to be a certifiable genius in maths or music or something requiring great time, effort,patience and skill? That’s EXACTLY what autism is all about! People expect some sort of savant because of fucking Rain Man or something.

      On a less sarcastic note, i’m sad to hear about your cousin. It’s unfair. It’s not his problem, it’s the problem of the people around him, and it’s wrong. I hope he finds some better people.

  • EmmaFromÉire

    If you’re going to a kids movie, particularly one in the afternoon, expect there to be noise. I went to Despicable Me 2 when it came out here and of course i dodn’t like the noise, but I got the fuck over it because it was to be expected and once you get into the movie, you really don’t notice it so much. If anything I like going to afternoon kids movies, because I can laugh loud and get into it without being stared at like i’m a weirdo.

  • rrlo

    If I were the mom, I would not leave and ask the other patrons to go complain outside if they had such a big problem. I suppose she wanted to avoid a scenario where her poor son would be even more uncomfortable. Some people are just bullies.

  • Rachel Sea

    If I had a say those people would get deported to a special colony for assholes.

  • itpainsme2say

    I talk a lot during movies and so does one of my friends but we always try to be quietish and sit away from people. The only time we were ever threatened to be kicked out was during the previews for Star Trek: ID and to be honest we said maybe two sentences to each other but we did laugh. The point is people need to stop getting your knickers in a twist because not everybody is a monk during movies.

    • footnotegirl

      Nope sorry, if you are grown adults who are capable of controlling your emotional and verbal reactions, talking during a movie where you can be overheard by/distract other theatergoers makes you an unmitigated boor.
      Now, previews are another thing, though still, some people do like watching them and maybe haven’t seen them before.

    • itpainsme2say

      No Im saying I have a problem for sure and I take steps to not bother people (sit in the back, talk only with mouth behind hand, sit away from other people) during the movie but previews are another matter. You did not pay to see previews because honestly anyone with a tv or computer can get them for free. I am saying sometimes people need to chill and get over themselves. Obviously I’m not that loud or disruptive with my quips during the movie if I have only been reprimanded once, not during the movie.

    • brebay

      People can hear you. If you want a running commentary, wait for the DVD. You’re not THAT loud or disruptive? Sounds like you’re the one who needs to get over yourself.

    • itpainsme2say

      What is your evidence that people can hear me? How could they if during the movie I am always carful as I said and I have never been reprimanded during the movie. What I was saying people should get over is the previews because you can see those anywhere anytime for free so they need to not get so crazy about them.

    • Psych Student

      Just because you weren’t reprimanded doesn’t mean you aren’t bothering people. Admittedly, if someone is bothered, they should say something, but the lack of saying something doesn’t mean no one is bothered.

  • Tired of PC idiots

    This article could have been titled “autistic man and his jerk mother ruin movie for hundreds of ticket holders”. People need to realize the article you are reading here has had a few….liberties taken with it, designed to outrage the reader towards the selfish majority where it should be aimed at the selfish mother.

    First, this was NOT a showing of “The Muppets”. The Muppet preview came on and max responded to that, but then the mother states “finally our feature started”. The mother readily admits her son was shouting loudly enough that his voice was reverberating throughout the theater, even above the “eardrum-breaking volume” of the previews. That means he was being LOUD. Second, this was Christmas, one of the busiest movie days of the year, with a fully packed theater where everyone had purchased tickets that even this mother claims were “exorbitantly priced”. A decent person would never dream of taking a baby or toddler to a movie that was filled with adult audience it was geared toward. People who give up their hard earned money for tickets to see and hear a movie have every right to see and hear that movie. Third, this mother warned her step-mother, who had accompanied her, that her son has “reactions” to movie previews. The seats are pre-assigned so why even enter the theater until the previews were ending? Why make him sit through preview that she knows will cause a “reaction” with him? Fourth, when the other moviegoer shouted out “he’s retarded”, he might very well have been trying to let other people in the theater know he was not mentally there, rather than point a finger at “the retard”. The mother is obviously overly sensitive to the word and focused on it as a form of ridicule rather than someone trying to offer an explanation for his rude shouting and screaming. Fifth, we do not know how he and his mother were acting in the lobby. He could have been running around shouting and screaming in excitement, with his mother doing nothing to stop him. Then, when people see and hear him doing the same thing as the movie is starting, they say “enough!”.

    You are not allowed a mobile phone or a crying baby in a regular movie showing, why do you feel you are entitled to bring someone who you know will act like a spoiled toddler? It is no different. Either choose the movie time where the theater is empty, choose the “kid friendly” showing or leave him at home. There is more to this story that will end up coming out, and it will show the mother to be at blame here. You people will fall for any reason to get “outraged” these days.

    • Guest

      Why are you here if you clearly hate the content?

    • Tired of PC Idiots

      I am here pointing out obvious lies. Instead of jumping on the politically correct bandwagon as it rolls by like a bunch of fools, why don’t you take the time to make sure what the facts are. Lying about a situation does not further “the cause”. It only makes you people look like fools.

      Why does pointing out that you fell for a lie bother you so?!

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      Perhaps it’s the condescending manner in which you are making your points that is turning people off to you…

    • Psych Student

      Just because there were adults in the audience doesn’t mean the movie was geared towards them. And it was Christmas, all those adults may have been there with their own kids. Maybe they didn’t want to wait until the previews were over because: 1. Maybe the kid needs the previews to adjust to the changes in volume and lights that the previews afford before the movie starts. 2. Perhaps they didn’t want to wait until the movie was starting to climb over others to get to their seat, and would rather do it before the previews as to not disturb others any more than they had to. Besides, are we suggesting that anyone who is sensitive to things shouldn’t be allowed to engage with the world?

    • Tired of PC Idiots

      psycho student – This was assigned seats in a stadium theater. There is no “climbing over others” to get to your seat. The mother states specifically that he has issues specifically with the previews, but then “will usually” settle down for the feature. Nobody is saying that people with issues should not engage, however, there are times and places that are appropriate.

      alanna – So you consider the facts to be condescending, but someone spoonfeeding you lies is not? Says everything one needs to know about your reasoning abilities and level of intelligence.

      You people would rather swallow lies than accept the truth so that you have something to be outraged over. The world should not have to stop turning because one mother decides to take her autistic son to the movies that she, herself, admits is a crapshoot on whether or not he can make it through. She chooses the worst possible day and time to take him, then cannot understand why the world did not throw roses at her feet and applaud her for her decision. If you truly want society to accept special needs people, then they must integrate – not stand out. The SN people who are able to blend seamlessly into everyday life without anyone noticing are the ones who are going to make the positive changes. People like this mom are only holding back the ones who are busting their ass to do it right. If you people can’t see that, there is no hope for any of you.

  • Michelle

    The problem is just that people are assholes. Plain and simple. Just because you overpaid for a movie in a theater doesn’t mean you won’t encounter noise in the theater before the movie starts or even during. A more appropriate series of responses would have been to 1) ask if the family could please be quiet for the movie 2) upon understanding the situation, as explained by the mother of the young adult (who also apologizes and promises he will be OK soon), say “I see, thank you” and move on. In this case, I’m sure if that was the couple’s response and her son still wasn’t calming down she WOULD have taken him out on her own because she’s been his mom long enough to know.

    I am so sick of people walking around yelling “PC POLICE!” with stories like these. No, it’s not the PC police, it’s the majority of humans who are DECENT and think of others outside of themselves.