However, the show Parenthood depicts the adolescent character Max as a complete jerk who is very hard to feel empathy for (hmm, I'm thinking it was easier when he was younger but the older he gets, the less likeable he becomes). For instance, he tells his friend who is in a wheelchair how stupid he is for liking basketball because he is in a wheelchair and playing wheelchair basketball would be stupid because it isn't real basketball. His dad urges him to apologize but he doesn't seem to care at all. He delivers the apology without looking at his former best friend. He is almost never anything but rude to others and acting from selfish motivations. You do feel lots of empathy for his parents who worry for him and his social life, but you don't necessarily get the sense that Max feels for anyone else ever.
The other character, Hank, who is an adult who suspects that he has undiagnosed Aspergers is even more unlikeable. He pretty much constantly belittles and dismisses the character he is most involved with, Sarah. For instance, he runs into her at a job interview that they are both going out for and without a greeting launches into incredulous inquiries into what she could be doing there because she isn't as good as he is at photography. For context, he doesn't dislike her, they are exes and he clearly holds a candle for her. So, he isn't being a dick out of dislike. Then, he shows up at her home and continues to interrogate and belittle her about the fact that she got the interview. Then, he remarks about how unqualified she is to her nephew.
No, I am not saying that these characters represent all people with aspergers. I am ASKING if this is an accurate portrayal of some people with aspergers. I know not making eye contact and picking up on social cues is common. But, actively rude and selfish? Is that common?