I am a 50 Cent fan. Always have been. Right around this time of year, he always ends up on my playlist around the time of my birthday.
Go shawty, it's ya birthday, we gon party like it's ya birthday,
gon sip Bacardi like it's your birfday... you know the rest.
We all know the rest because that's our jam.
I was so disappointed and became angry today after reading an amazing blog post written by Holly Robinson Peete on her blog. Holly is an autism mom - her oldest son is on the spectrum. So naturally she was disturbed by comments posted by @50Cent on Twitter. The posts read like this:
yeah i just saw your picture fool you look autistic
#SMSaudio RT @yung_raditz @50cent Release the album or get shot again
Explain to me 50 - what does "autistic" look like? Maybe you don't really know, so here's a picture of my son to give you an example...
That sweet boy with a perfect smile and eyelashes to die for. He's kind of handsome, isn't he?!? He's a little flirt - he loves the ladies. But is this who you were referring to in your attempt to diss homie on your timeline by saying he looks autistic?
The first tweet was followed shortly by...
i dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else
Oh, okay.... so now we've gone from lumping all autistic people together to 50 Cent telling his 8 million followers that he doesn't want any special ed kids on his timeline. Again, another slap in the face to those of us who have children with special needs. 50 might think this is funny, no big deal. I can assure you 50 that this is huge. I pity the ignorant fool that becomes the concerted target of the autism community. We will educate you.
And finally, the last suspect tweet in the first round of offenders stated...
just kidding about da special ed kids man, i was in special ed day said i had anger issues lol
Right, okay, so all special ed kids have anger issues now?!?!? Looks like your issues had more to deal with your ability to spell. My son with autism has no problem with spelling easy English words properly. This response is angering.
What's more upsetting is that these insulting tweets have not been removed from his timeline. They've been there since yesterday. I have been told by a very good source that 50's twitter account was hacked and he didn't tweet these awful things. Well, he needs to fix it, and fix it now. One of his "people" has to have access - they need to remove the tweets. The tweets should be immediately removed and 50 Cent needs to issue an apology. Where are his "people?" Why haven't they dealt with this yet? I suggest they do soon - mainstream media has paid great attention to issues affecting families with autism. And thanks to Holly Robinson Peete, there is an EXCELLENT point of reference for us all to get behind as we continue to battle such ignorance of the likes of 50 Cent.
I had to share Holly Robinson Peete's amazing blog post on this subject today. She hit the nail on the head. She seemed so calm, so eloquent. She said it better than me - I just want 50 to know that he's a jackass.
Here's the link for Holly's Blog Post...