50 Cent finally tweeted out an apology for tweets he sent out last week that outraged many families and caused autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete to issue an open letter to the rapper, asking him, “Seriously, THIS is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers??”
50 Cent had Tweeted to someone, “I just saw your picture fool, you look autistic” and “I don’t want no special ed kids on my time line go follow somebody else.”
Parents flooded 50 Cent’s Twitter feed with photos of their children with autism, with the hashtag, #whatautismlookslike. In an apparent peace offering, the rapper retweeted one of the tweets, with a photo of a handsome, smiling little boy.
Ultimately, he did delete the Tweets, but stopped short of apologizing. Until now.
However much pressure it may have taken, 50 Cent did finally man up and apologize. ”I realize my autism comments were insensitive, however it was not my intention to offend anyone and for this I apologize,” he tweeted.
A couple of people have asked me, essentially, what the big deal is. Why should anyone care what 50 Cent thinks? I care because he has nearly 8 million Twitter followers, and he used “autistic” as an insult. As Holly wrote in her letter, ”If you’ve read your mentions today I am sure you have felt the wrath of autism parents. We are no joke. Neither is autism. We are not about to let you attempt to make ‘autistic‘ the new ‘R-word‘ under our watch.”
That is the big deal.
If this was all an ABC After School Special, what would 50 Cent have learned?
1. Think before you tweet.
2. Autism isn’t a “look.”
3. Apologizing costs nothing and is good business sense when you have nearly 7 million Twitter followers, a multi-million dollar empire, and a new album out.
4. Holly Robinson Peete is way fierce.
5. Pissed-off moms are way more annoying to feud with than the Wu-Tang Clan and Rick Ross combined.
6. Don’t mess with the mamas.
How many of these lessons do you think 50 Cent actually learned?
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