How much should we tolerate before speaking up - comedian joke turned sour Viewers hit back at comedian Denise Scott over autism joke: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/special-reports/viewers-hit-back-at-comedian-denise-scott-over-autism-joke/story-fn856r6n-1226035189183 We were just having a discussion on another thread about a CFS cartoon that appeared in a major newspaper. It was suggested not to react. We were probably overreacting since the cartoon was probably not meant to insult us. It went as far as saying that people might get the impression that we are whiners, always complaining for nothing. I'm wondering if we missed an opportunity, here. Why are we so afraid to say what we think? Are we afraid to be judged by others? Afraid that our illness does not look legitimate enough? Autism and celiac sufferers did speak up. They did not hesitate to react. I think we need to accept that we have a shitty name for a disease but it does not make it less real.