The head of Autism United, an advocacy group, has demanded that CBS apologize for airing comments by a contestant on Big Brother last week in which he called victims of autism "retards." When a fellow contestant took him to task for using the term, he replied that he worked for an autism foundation and that he could therefore "call them whatever I want." Responding to the complaint by Autism United's executive director, John Gilmore, CBS said in a statement, "We certainly find the statements made by Adam [the contestant] to be offensive but believe they were countered by the immediate reaction of shock and condemnation from a fellow houseguest, Sheila. ... Adam's remarks would not have been permitted to air unchallenged."