If you watched Young Sheldon last night, it was the number one show on CBS. But who is this Young Sheldon? Iain Armitage portrays Young Sheldon. He is a brilliant actor almost like his character. He is known for HBO’s Big Little Lies he plays Shailene Woodley’s son Ziggy and in the film The Glass Castle (as the youngest Brian) with Brie Larson. Next, he will co-star with Mandy Moore.
There’s a controversy over Jim Parson’s character Sheldon that his character has autism. We all know what autism are the common symptoms they have problem understanding body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. Also, they can be intellectually smart, more like a robot with AI (Artificial Intelligent) or be a geek and nerd, and be teased at school. Leave them alone one they could rule the world. We have one already.
The bad news is Sheldon does not have autism, but the good news is Jim Parson is an actor. The writers of the show refuse to pathologies their characters because everyone should be loved and be accepted without labels. And the writers are very funny to create hilarious stories and plots and subplots to keep the ball rolling.
People who have “cute autism” do funny things like always need to sit in the same spot and memorize obscure facts. They misunderstand sexual innuendo, they carry around whiteboards, and they speak in funny, hyper-formal constructs. They amaze strangers with mental math, and they’re gosh darn persnickety about food and laundry. Cute autism is sometimes paired with cute OCD, which brings on symptoms like doing amusing rituals and being selectively germophobic, needing things to be lined up on shelves, and putting soup cans in alphabetical order, that makes us laugh.
“Cute Autism” is an identity that families of autistic children already feel compelled to perpetuate by only showing the funny or positive sides of autism. We watch the events of our kids’ lives until the scary parts are gone.