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Comedian Banned From Speaking At Disability Event

Protestors claim comedian is mocking Autism.

Australian comedian Nikki Osbourne has been invited to appear at Source Kids Disability Expo in Brisbane, Australia but now she has been banned.

The comedian has a six year old son, Teddy, who is on the spectrum. In her show she talks about raising a child with autism.

Protesters silence mum they think is mocking disability Melbourne International Comedy Festival before they had even seen it. They claimed she was mocking children with disabilities. Osbourne has addressed these claims stating she is only talking about her experiences and isn’t making light of the situation.

‘I’m not going to take down autism advocates but there’s a line when an advocate becomes a cyber bully and there are a few that have crossed the line,’ she told local media.

She added that her ‘conscience is clear’ on the passages when she talks about her son, and said she would be happy for him to hear it.

‘But I do have concerns about what he is going to read online out of context, those advocates paraphrasing what they think I’m saying,’ she said.

Source Kids Disability Expo founder Emma Price defends her decision to ban the comedian saying : ‘Unfortunately, we have already borne the brunt of a debate that is not ours regarding this matter.

‘Our intention is to deliver an event that is helpful and enjoyable for the everyone in the disability community.’

Osbourne said she wished there was a show like this when her son was diagnosed 4 years ago. An honest account that wasn’t ‘very heavy’.

She previously said: ‘When you first have your child diagnosed you can go into a really dark space. I found it incredibly difficult at the start until I began to see the humour in everyday things. I think that’s how you overcome your troubles… laugh at the

‘What I’m trying to do is educate the broader public so autism isn’t such a taboo subject.  I’m not making fun on an autistic child, I’m talking about the whole system.

‘Everyone’s ready to be offended… and what does it even mean? It doesn’t change the facts, it doesn’t change anything.

When complaints first arose in March, protester Monica Fairbairn, 32, said:  ‘I’m autistic and I don’t like the idea of someone who doesn’t have autism making jokes about autism. It’s not that I don’t want autism being talked about. If it was an autistic comedian that would be funny and relatable.’



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