In a statement issued to E!, Leary states, "I not only support the current rational approaches to the diagnoses and treatment of real autism but have witnessed it firsthand while watching very dear old friends raise a functioning autistic child. The point of the chapter is not that autism doesn't exist - it obviously does - and I have nothing but admiration and respect for parents dealing with the issue, including the ones I know. The bulk of the chapter deals with grown men who are either self-diagnosing themselves with low-level offshoots of the disease or wishing they could as a way to explain their failed careers and troublesome progeny."
Wow, that sounded like Palin getting her feathers ruffled when people asked her to explain why she called the war a mission from god. The point is that Leary chose to make jokes out of something that people take seriously and he needed to be prepared for the backlash. The strange thing is that I would have supported him more if he came out and said, "Yeah, I said it and y'all dumbf*cks misconstrued my meaning before reading the whole thing."