Danny Trejo: Autism awareness work revealed on The Masked Singer

Iram Sharifah Khan March 25, 2021
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When thinking of actor Danny Trejo, autism awareness work might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, the issue of autism is something Trejo is passionate about and has worked hard to bring awareness to.

The topic came up during the latest episode of The Masked Singer, when he was ousted as the Raccoon and got to confess his admiration for judge Jenny McCarthy.

The reasons behind Danny Trejo’s autism awareness advocacy

Actor Danny Trejo and his ex-wife, Debbie Shreve, have two children together, both of whom have been diagnosed with autism. In a 2017 interview on The Real Daytime, Danny Trejo talked about his desire to spread awareness about autism: “This is my son’s mother and we are starting a foundation for autism.”

So far, however, it’s unclear whether they have actually started a foundation.

Yesterday, 24 March, Danny Trejo was ousted as The Raccoon on the popular show The Masked Singer. After his reveal, Trejo took a moment to thank contest judge Jenny McCarthy her autism-related work and mentioned he is also raising two children with autism.

Jenny McCarthy’s son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Since then, she has dedicated a large amount of her time to autism awareness activism. She is also on the board of directors of the non-profit foundation Generation Rescue.

However, Generation Rescue have come under fire for their support of the false link between vaccines and autism.

Danny Trejo’s autism awareness work includes events such as Autism Awareness Day, which he celebrates regularly using the tag “I Light It Up Blue“.

Twitter reacts to Trejo’s autism advocacy

Danny Trejo’s support and advocacy for autism awareness have resonated with many of his fans on social media, who have taken to Twitter to post about it:

Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.