Holly Robinson Peete, actor, autism advocate, and mother of four, led the charge of parents who were horrified by the rapper tweeting “fool you look autistic” as an insult, and adding “i don’t want no special ed kids on my timeline.” Ms. Peete wrote an open letter to 50 Cent, in which she rather eloquently ripped him a new one for the thoughtless comments.
“I’ve met you in passing over the years,” she wrote, “and I know you are a bright, astute businessman and legitimate philanthropist so it is with a bit of sincere confusion that I ask you… Do you even know what autism is? And what exactly does ‘autistic’ look like?”
As more and more parents became aware of what 50 Cent had tweeted, they began to send 50 Cent photos of their children, letting him know that kids with autism look like every other kid.
Although he didn’t apologize, he did take down the tweets, and also re-tweeted one of the photos, responding to one mom, “I would never talk about kids condition. People say all kinds of things to me on twitter.”
While I would have loved for 50 Cent to, oh, I don’t know, actually apologize, I’m truly happy he took down the tweets. I’m even happier that he re-tweeted the photo of Danielle Scott’s handsome little boy to his millions of Twitter followers; that probably had more impact than anything else he could have done.
Everyone makes mistakes and has said things they probably shouldn’t have. Celebrities’ missteps are hugely magnified, of course. I admire Holly Robinson Peete tremendously for calling 50 Cent on his thoughtless comment, especially given that her son RJ, who has autism, is a fan of the rapper’s work. And I admire 50 Cent as well for at least attempting to rectify it.
Hugs all around.
(Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News)
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