As some people in the neurodiversity movement know, an individual named Zach is alleging that autism speaks contacted an internet service provider zazzle.com saying they would no longer allow him to post ads selling the t-shirts on their web site. I posted something about this previously, in my last post about Amanda Baggs' grossly inconsistent behavior in crying "censorship" on zazzle's part when she herself advocates censorship of any comment that does not agree with what she believes in on ANI's mailing lists on some of autistic.org's lists, etc.
Afterwards, I was wondering, could this story be real. Autism speaks was being vilified by all of these neurodiversity afficianados without being allowed to tell their side of the story. They were calling autistic speaks "bullies". The veracity of the story seemed far fetched to me as it would not seem worth the while of autism speaks to actually try to engage in this type of behavior and considering all the bashing they get on the internet all of the time if they would really contact zazzle and give some sort of directive that zach's ads be pulled. Zach claimed to have proof of this but as far as I could tell this "proof" only consisted of a letter he alleges Zazzle wrote him saying that they were contacted by autism speaks. Clearly this guy has an ax to grind against autism speaks it certainly seemed conceivable he could be fabricating the whole thing. Another explanation is that someone at Zazzle had an autistic child who they wanted a cure for their child and was offended by these t-shirts was just trying to get zach's goat and claimed that the directive came from autism speaks when it really did not. Of course I realized it was possible that Zach might be telling the truth, though I had no way of verifying this as no one from autism speaks wanted to come forward and post their side of the story on the internet.
I decided that in all fairness that I should contact autism speaks and find out what their version of the event was. I talked to a woman in their communications department named Dana Marnay. She stated that Zazzle felt that Zach was violating their terms of service policy for some reason and that autism speaks had nothing to do with this THEY IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM CONTACTED ZAZZLE PERIOD! The decision to pull zach's t-shirt ads they said was entirely Zazzle's autism speaks had nothing to do with it whatsoever.
I don't know whether Zach is lying about this or not and I don't know if the letter zazzle sent to him was a fabrication or not. Assuming this letter is not an out and out fabrication on Zach's part, then maybe the representative of zazzle was lying when he told this young man that they were contacted by autism speaks.
I know that I am not lying. Those skeptics can call Dana Marnay at autism speaks at (212) 252-8584 and ask her themselves.
Clearly Wrong Planet, autism bitch from hell, Ballasexistenz (AKA Amanda Baggs) just wanted to assume that this story of Zach's is true.
If Zach or anyone else from the neurodiversity movement has proof that I am making this up or the communications lady at Autism Speaks is lying when she told me that autism speaks never ever contacted Zazzle, I say bring it on!! Seems that now if Autism speaks really wanted to stifle the speech of the autistics who don't like them, they would very possibly have a legal basis for suing Zach for libel, I am pretty sure they won't do this. If this story is also true, then Amanda should have no objection to Zazzle not allowing content on their sites that they don't deem fit just as Amanda feels she has that right.
In the meantime for those old enough to remember the TV show from my youth To Tell The Truth that was on TV during the stone age: Would the real bully please stand up!