Autism is a developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others. People with autism tend to find social situations difficult, and to prefer narrow and repetitive activities.
In a tweet from Shawn Mendes in February 2013, he called his friend Brian, “Autistic”.
Many fans of Shawn Mendes are seen urgently requesting the artist to remove the tweet before “everyone sees it”.
This tweet is a surprise for many since the artist has promoted an Autism Rocks concert in the past
After doing a quick search into who Brian (
@briancraigen) is, we can recognize that he in fact doesn’t have autism, and Shawns comments were used as an insult, which is disrespectful to the autism community.
Although the tweet was posted in 2013, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this artist has been this careless when insulting the millions individuals affected by this disorder.