goddamnit abed is so dysfunctional and that’s what makes him such good autistic rep
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again.
Too much autistic rep is just, “human supercomputer who’s a dick to other people, but it’s okay he’s smart”, or occasionally, “human supercomputer who’s a dick to other people, and cries sometimes at loud noises”.
But Abed is overwhelmed when someone changes his environment (like in the end credits of Virtual Systems Analysis), he finds it difficult to tell time from an analogue clock (Basic Lupine Urology) and according to the voiceover in Pillows and Blankets, he “can’t pay parking tickets, or tell his right from his left without mouthing the pledge of allegiance”. He also stims vocally.
These kinds of things are just so inherently and uniquely autistic, and I think they really resonated with Community’s autistic audience.
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