People really need to think before they speak…or tweet! 0 Cent recently made a tweet that offended and upset many families with autism and autism advocates.
A fan had made a negative comment about 50 Cent’s new record, “5 (Murder by Numbers),” which provoked the rapper to lash out. The fan had said, “Release the album or get shot again,” to which 0 Cent replied, “yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic.” He continued on: “dont want no special ed kids on [his] time line.”
People were outraged at 50 Cent##Q##s nasty tweets. Actress and autism activist Holly Robinson Peete wrote a letter to the rapper about her 13-year-old son who is autistic. She attached a photo of him and wrote, “this is my son Rodney Peete. He has autism. So I guess this is what autistic looks like? He is in special ed. He loves rap music and is a HUGE fan of yours. He’s a tremendous kid. He has to deal with so much trying to fit in. This isn’t helping.”
50 Cent deleted his tweets soon after and issued out an apology. “I realize my autism comments were insensitive, however it was not my intention to offend anyone and for this I apologize.”
In her letter to 50 Cent, Peete asked, “Do you even know what autism is? 1 in 88 have it. That’s 1 in 54 boys. Families suffer a social stigma you will never know. It is a financial and emotional drain for millions…”
Hopefully, 50 Cent has learned his lesson and will think before he tweets. After all, he has close to 8 million Twitter followers who can be easily influenced by what he has to say.