Woman who says she has aspergers is kicked out of cinema for laughing too loud.

Mixed emotions on this one. Who the fcuk goes to the bfi to watch a 50 year old movie? What would you have done if there was a screechy disruptive bimp disturbing you.? Reminded of an incident 2 months ago where we were watching Ireland V Scotland rugby in the VSC , a group of useless non service background weirdos (2 of them women) came and sat down in the middle , opened their food bags to stuff their faces and proceeded to yak about their day patients or some such thing. When they got up to move about they were promptly told to fcku off into the bar and stop interrupting the game they looked a bit whimsically put out but obliged. What if one of those bimbos had announced she had asperger or autistic equivalent? I don't think they would have been invited to stay and act as she felt with the blessing of all those around. So ARRSE members, your take on this please.
Woman with Asperger's removed from BFI screening for laughing too loudly

A woman with Asperger’s syndrome was verbally abused by audience members and removed from a cinema screening for “laughing too loudly.”


Tamsin Parker said she was left feeling traumatised after being forced to leave a viewing of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at the British Film Institute Southbank (BFI).




She said that she frantically tried to explain that she was autistic but a member of the audience shouted “you’re retarded”, while another told her to “shut up b****”.

The BFI has since apologised for the incident and admitted it “got it wrong”, pledging to investigate the incident to ensure staff handle such situations better in future.




Tamsin Parker, an animation graduate from London, said she had booked tickets to the film showing as a treat for her 25th birthday on Sunday.

She said she was at the cinema “laughing and having a good time” with two friends, who are also on the autistic spectrum, when she became aware that some audience members were annoyed at how loud she was laughing.


“I realised people were getting annoyed right from when one man shouted, "Shut up, b****!’,” she told the Standard.


“It was a scene of Eli Wallach improvising with a bunch of revolver parts. His timing and expressions made it funny,” she said.




“I never meant to annoy anyone. I have problems with volume control. I was only trying to enjoy myself.


“Later the audience was laughing at something and I found this hypocritical, so I mimicked the guy who had earlier turned around and shouted [to shut up].


“Staff members, including the manager, were coming to ask me to quiet down,” she told the Standard.

I didn't understand what I was doing wrong and I wanted to watch the rest of the film.


“Later the audience laughed again, and I said, without realizing my volume, ‘It wasn't that funny.’ That was when security came and asked me to leave.”




Ms Parker said she refused and then two security guards grabbed her by the arms and lead her to the exit.


She said she tried to explain that she was autistic but one audience member shouted back “you're retarded” and some people applauded as she was escorted out.


Once out of the screen, Ms Parker explained to staff about her autism and they said they should have been informed about it in advance.




“The manager said, ‘If I'd known, then I wouldn't have thrown you out.’ However, she didn't let me and my friends back into the cinema,” she said.


Ms Parker said she was later informed that somebody from the National Autistic Society had been in the audience and had attempted to intervene.




The graduate, who is an avid supporter of autism charities, said: “I was humiliated at being dragged out in front of all those people with the lights up, while I was trying to explain to everyone that I was autistic.


“It was shocking that I was thrown out before the person who was abusive to me.


“I felt traumatised and fear it will affect my enjoyment of watching the film again. Quite frankly, it ruined my birthday celebration.”




After she was thrown out, a number of other attendees promptly left the cinema, expressing disgust at her treatment.
 
Disruptive is disruptive, doesn’t matter if it’s a punter yelling at the screen or someone with Aspergers, people are paying to watch a film and deserve to be able to do so. If it’s a one time outburst, no real harm, but it goes on continuously, eject the noise maker. The needs of the many outweigh the wants of a few, life sucks sometimes and people can get a raw deal in life, but disruptive behaviour is disruptive behaviour.
 

Slime

LE
Re the last point in your post.
I listened to an interview with a woman who had been in the cinema at the time. The woman said she had been so outraged at what had happened she immediately took to twitter to complain, adding that she hadnt been on twitter for ages but didnt know who else to complain to!

I couldnt help thinking that if I was in a cinema that had staff and a manager on scene exactly where I was that twitter wouldnt be my first idea. :)

It was also imformative that the cinema described a woman laughing loudly as a 'challenging and complex situation'

It's a shame that this happened but not many cinemas do screenings especially for autism/aspergers sufferers. Only one of my local cinemas offer autism/aspergers friendly screenings.
 
Maybe they should offer special screamings.
 

Fang_Farrier

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Maybe they should offer special screamings.
There's

a lot of places do but usually for kids films, star wars and star trek.
They are usually not so dark (in terms of lighting) and the volume is not so loud.
 
Occasionally, you get someone with a deranged laugh in the invited audience on BBC radio sitcoms or comedy shows.

There comes a point when you can't hear anything else. Ruins it.
 

Cold_Collation

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Book Reviewer
Once again, the needs/desires/rights of the one over the many.

I was walking through town last summer and walked past a coffee shop. There was a pre-teen boy face down, pounding and kicking the floor and screaming his head off. Mummy was nursing a latte and ignoring him.

Fine parenting? Maybe. But what about ever other poor sod in the place?
 
There's

a lot of places do but usually for kids films, star wars and star trek.
They are usually not so dark (in terms of lighting) and the volume is not so loud.
An answer might be to adopt the Airline movie approach (in place since the 70s). Give individual adjustable headphones.
 
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is now a comedy?

She's perceptive - she realised that others were annoyed when told 'Shut up *****'

In the Standard article, she comes over as being confrontational herself. Certainly not as blameless (as the BBC headlined it yesterday).
 
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I'm sorry but anyone with autism that understands their own situation and doesn't need a carer when out in public should take themselves into account when it comes to their behaviour and conduct plenty of autism suffers manage it on a daily basis, autism isn't a get out jail free card
 
“I never meant to annoy anyone. I have problems with volume control. I was only trying to enjoy myself.

I thought that was just wimmin in general. :rolleyes:
 
An answer might be to adopt the Airline movie approach (in place since the 70s). Give individual adjustable headphones.
That sort of negates the point of going to the cinema, you lose half the experience because you lose the theatres sound.
 
I'm sorry but anyone with autism that understands their own situation and doesn't need a carer when out in public should take themselves into account when it comes to their behaviour and conduct plenty of autism suffers manage it on a daily basis, autism isn't a get out jail free card

Self awareness is a great help in a behavioural plan. ASD fair enough but you or those involved with the decisions need to work to that plan.
Strip clubs are a no for some, the raw sexual need would put the strippers at risk.
 

Stavanger

Old-Salt
The modern world revolves around minority interests, and every ****** is too scared to shout bullshit
One person on a flight stops 200 others having peanuts, my arrse!
 

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