Holly Robinson Peete Lashes Out at 50 Cent
50 Cent’s recent tweets dissing autistic people have gotten him in hot water with many, including actress Holly Robinson Peete.
An eager fan tired of waiting for new music from 50 tweeted the rapper, “Release the album or get shot again.” Instead of simply saying his new album would be out November 20th, 50 responded with the insensitive, “Yeah I just saw your picture fool you look autistic,” tweeted 50. “I don’t want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else,” to 6.8 million followers.
This outraged many autism awareness organizations and parents, one being Peete whose son, Rodney Jr., is autistic. The Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper actress even released an open letter to 50.
“Do you even know what autism is?” she asks in the letter. “And what exactly does “autistic” look like? 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. 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.”
A picture of her son accompanied her words. She then asked 50 to remove the tweet, which he did. But some don’t see that as enough. There are still parents who want people to start boycotting the rapper’s music and products.
Were 50’s remarks too harsh?