During an interview with rapping DILF (don’t judge me!) Brian Williams for NBC’s Nightly News (via HuffPo) Thursday night, King of The 90s Jerry Seinfeld admitted that he thinks he may fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, aka the guide used to diagnose autism. Apparently Jerry noticed how uncomfortable he was in social situations (“WHAT’S the DEAL with how awkward I am?“), and told himself he may be a type of autistic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum. Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying. But I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
I think it all depends on context. These people who were talking to you, Jerry – was one of them your wife’s best friend and baby girl 4 lyfe Gwyneth Paltrow? Because it’s not just you; nobody knows what the fuck she’s saying. You truly need to be in an alternate mindset (“Brain, pretend I’m a pretentious dry-looking snobby lady“) to comprehend anything she says.
Even though WebMD tells me I don’t have autism (and WebMD would never lie), I can still understand what Jerry is saying about basic social engagement being a struggle. Example: me at a party. I usually make an immediate beeline to the snacks, where I’ll camp out until someone tries to engage in conversation with me (big mistake, huge). After about the third “Uh…so…“, I’ll politely excuse myself so I can go play Tapped Out on my phone in the bathroom, emerging only for more snacks. Then after about an hour, I thank the host for a lovely time, stuff some road candy (candy for the road) into my pockets, and GTFO. The struggle is real!