That’s what actor, Jeffrey Donovan, of television series, Burn Notice, said sarcastically, mockingly, and disparagingly when he answered a phone call from an adversary. I watched a rerun of the show last night (actually morning am) Feb 1, 2014.
What he meant to say (and accomplished by his tone) was: “aren’t you an idiot?”
Hence, good-looking, smooth-talking, slow-walking, television star, special spy agent, Jeffrey Donovan along with Burn Notice qualify as Neurofools for addressing what should be considered a serious medical illness in a hateful, mocking way.
Why does Hollywood and all the beautiful people keep putting down citizens who suffer from serious mental or neurological conditions?
It is not funny. Is it?
The guy on the right is Robert Beaver, CEO of Zazzle which is recognized as one of the hottest Silicon Valley companies. He offers tee-shirts, lots of them, like:
and don’t forget:
It’s oh, so funny, and makes lots of money. Multi-millions. Roger Beaver’s goal, I believe, is to spread his huge company, located in Redwood City, California, across the world, much like Walmart.
Some tee-shirts join the fight against stigma, and why not, there is money on all sides. What a businessman! Raise people up, ridicule them, and above all, reap a profit.
Here is a post:
MoodyOnes Got Seroquel?
TshirtsGot Seroquel? You know what I’m taking about LOL.
Robert Beaver qualifies as a NEUROFOOL, for participating in the ridicule of people suffering form neurological conditions, and for profiting off of their misfortune.
But at least he has powerful friends. This is his son, Jeff Beaver:
Besides glorifying psychopathic behavior, this movie, directed by Martin Scorsese, uses the R-word and mocks people with cerebral palsy.
In one scene, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, playing white-collar, Wall Street, criminal Jordan Belfort, compares his behavior after an overdose of Quaaludes to having cerebral palsy. After OD-ing on Quaaludes at a country club, Jordan crashes so hard he calls it a “cerebral palsy” high.
In another scene, DiCaprio talks with his sleazy sidekick, Azoff (the guy that asks about his Jaguar), and Azoff responds to the rumor that he married his first cousin with: “he couldn’t let anyone else sleep with her AND that if they were to have a retarded child, he would “drive north and let it loose in the woods.”
WOLF has been criticized by The Arc.org (For People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and Disability Scoop.com
Sorry, Leonardo, you are a Neurofool. Same for Martin Scorsese. Sometimes, Hollywood does not care who it hurts.
American Sniper (copyright 2012) The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in American History, by Chris Kyle
Army Sniper Team (above) in Afghanistan (Wiki Commons) although Chris Kyle was a Navy Seal Sniper, in Iraq. Chris recorded at least 150 kills, mostly in Iraq. He served four tours of duty.
In his best selling book, Chris wrote, regarding building a protective concrete buffer wall through Sadr City, Iraq:
“The city around us was schizophrenic. You’d have ordinary civilians going about their business, selling things, going to market, whatever. And then you’d have guys with guns trying to sneak up on the side streets and attack the soldiers putting up the wall.”
Chris Kyle is a neurofool for his use of the word schizophrenic—comparing Sadr City to people who suffer from schizophrenia—ordinary people who suddenly try to kill you. Such descriptions are very stigmatizing to people who suffer from mental illness.
The U.S.Navy also is a neurofool for not treating Chris’s PTSD, evident in the book, when he wrote of bar fights, drinking, and his stressed marriage. He purportedly said he punched out former governor and Navy Seal Jesse Ventura in a bar. Ventura is suing Chris’s widow for defamation.
Chris was shot and murdered in 2013 when he returned home, on a gun range, by another veteran, likely suffering from PTSD.
Yes, indeedy, George Orwell, author of novels 1984 and Animal Farm, is a Neurofool for his statement: “All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia,” in his 1946 article, Politics and the English Language.
Orwell uses the word schizophrenia to equate people suffering from a serious mental challenge with politicians who purposely lie and hate. This is an extremely stigmatic view.
A word has come to my attention: Neurotypical: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Neurotypical (NT) is a term coined in the autistic community as a label for people who are not on the autism spectrum. However, the term eventually became used for anyone who does not have atypical neurology, in other words, anyone who does not have autism, dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder, bipolar disorder, or ADD/ADHD, and has been replaced by some with ‘allistic’, which has the same meaning as ‘neurotypical’ originally did. The concept was later adopted by both the neurodiversity movement and the scientific community.
For all you neurotypes out there, and I am sure you know who you are, congratulations; you fit the norm. I suppose anyone without a diagnosable neurological condition qualifies. Although, somehow, I find the word almost mundanely patronizing and unrewarding, in its dull portrayal of I don’t know what part of the population, as mere statistical postage stamps in some neurologically-dumbed down scrap book…every face basically the same…George Washington circa 1776. What does neurotypical really mean?–are they all happy, creative, or are some SOB’s?
Who the hell wants to be typical?
Well, I am sorry I have to nitpick…but Neurotypical carries nuances of a Neurofool. Yes, a word can be a fool, too.
Fox 12 News, Oregon for their series: People Accused of Crazy Crimes: by Almber Stegall:
“A Thibodaux, LA man was arrested Wednesday morning after police say he was “wearing nothing more than his epidermis while yelling at a toddler in the parking lot of a business.”
Police were called to a business parking lot where they found 40-year-old Toby Tabor yelling “I am not Santa Claus” at a toddler, but he was not wearing any clothing. It happened around 11:30 a.m. in the 400 block of North Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux.
Thibodaux Police say they still don’t know why Tabor was naked. A woman who was with him says Tabor has no history of mental illness or drug abuse.
“He did become very violent when in custody. Officers had to restrain him. He continued to make threats, which forced them to keep him restrained,” said David Melancon, Thibodaux Police.
Police say that Tabor was brought to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center “where he eventually put on pants.”
He was charged with three counts of contempt of court, probation violation and resisting an officer with force or violence. He is being held on an $11,000 bond.”
Now, upon examination, one might think that running around naked and denying one is Santa Claus constitutes a crazy crime. Cold-bloodedly shooting someone and taking their wallet, however, is also a crime, but falls into the realm of sanity, when it comes to the application of stigma.
Public exposure and murder are both crimes; only one perpetrator draws the ire of ridicule; the disoriented person suffering from mental illness. The article, while seemingly journalistically correct, becomes shallow and mocking by virtue of the stigmatic title–”Crazy Crimes…”
Fox 12 New, Oregon, is a Neurofool, for their stigmatic tabloid title.