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01 Oct 2015, 11:19 am

Is Mr Bean Aspie-phobic? And should Aspie-phobic / Autism-phobic be words? I've never been keen on labels but all these human right movements force you to do your own so I think we need to speak out about Asperger's syndrome and Autism a lot more in public. The problem for us is that people with Autism has strong anxiety and that makes doing our one human rights movement very difficult. I get really worried that we will just be effectively killed off by society as it steamrolls forward in its ignorance. :(



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01 Oct 2015, 8:33 pm

Mr. Bean? :? I never watched a lot of that, but I don't remember anything aspie-phobic about it...



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01 Oct 2015, 10:13 pm

Are you serious? Mr. Bean is funny not sure where you got the impression he has any disdain towards autistics, hell for all I know he is autistic.


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01 Oct 2015, 10:30 pm

Anyone who is not familier:


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01 Oct 2015, 11:27 pm

What exactly do you mean by aspie-phobic and autism-phobic? I've never heard either of those terms before, but it sounds like you're saying Mr. Bean is either scared of or against autism and people with autism. I like Mr. Bean, and don't see anything of that sort in him, but maybe I'm misunderstanding what you mean. He does seem to have some ASD traits himself.



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02 Oct 2015, 12:58 am

I think the assumption here is that Mr. Bean has ASD, and we are supposed to laugh at his antics. Can't really say one way or the other, but the tone of the show itself never struck me as malicious.


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02 Oct 2015, 1:44 am

Mr. Bean is supposed to capture the antics of a young boy in a grown-up form. It's not meant to have deep meanings or hidden depth.



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02 Oct 2015, 2:09 am

I think aspie-phobic means along the lines of homophobic.


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02 Oct 2015, 2:52 am

Sheldon Cooper reminds me of aspie traits, apart from the foolish behaviour. I know the hollywood tv shows and films actually have no meaning to laugh at someone impersonating something.



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02 Oct 2015, 3:08 am

Mr. Bean is before the Autism Spectrum was really understood, if he were meant to be autistic he would have been much different. That said, the character's actions and obliviousness would probably get him diagnosed if he were real, but he is meant to be an exaggeration of human behavior and most specifically the model of the man/child in his own little world--which again could be the portrait of someone with autism, but unlikely meant to be considering the time period.



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03 Oct 2015, 4:58 pm

I love Mr. Bean! Like others, I also see autistic traits in him, but mostly I just think he behaves like a young boy inside a man's body. I just think he's funny - my family and I used to watch all the episodes on DVD and we all enjoyed them. :)


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03 Oct 2015, 5:40 pm

He's worried about the hidden agenda of a rubber chicken.



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03 Oct 2015, 10:26 pm

I always kind of took it as, he was trying to "laugh at himself" and make light of life in general. I would never have made a connection to ASD, personally. I thought he was just being childlike and goofy and laughing at life.



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04 Oct 2015, 4:23 pm

I always thought that he was an alien and that's why in the intro he gets beamed down.


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04 Oct 2015, 4:54 pm

I recall reading an interview with Rowan Atkinson, where he said he thought that most comedians would portray one character that was more important than the others, and that that character would be someone very close to the comedian's own personality. He basically described Mr. Bean as being " me without social skills".

I've never thought of Bean as autistic