The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Joe Giudice is known for sticking his foot in his mouth so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his take on Autism was deemed offensive by many following Sunday’s episode. And his wife Teresa is standing by her man, claiming Joe “trying to put things in perspective.”
The couple was discussing how costars Jacqueline and Chris Laurita‘s son Nicholas was affected by Autism when Joe said, “Autism isn’t really a bad disease. Some of them are like scientists.”
In her BravoTV.com blog, Teresa wrote on Tuesday, “When Joe said that Autism won’t kill you and that scientists had it, he wasn’t being disrespectful, he was just trying to put things into perspective. Yes, Autism is a serious learning and communication condition, yes it’s a struggle, and it can be heartbreaking, but it’s not a fatal disease. Thank God! There is a huge difference between caring for a child with cancer or kidney disease and caring for a child with Autism. We have other friends, like our friends at NephCure who we see all the time, who aren’t as lucky. Kidney disease can kill you. Cancer can kill you. God willing, Nicholas will get better and grow up to have a healthy, normal life. Maybe even be a scientist! Whoever knows my husband knows he’s not malicious. Jacqueline and Chris, you know Joe would never mean anything bad about Nicholas. He has a special place in both of our hearts.”
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