Responses to 50 Cent's Anti-Autism Tweets
50 Cent is going to need to go beyond "just kidding" in order to calm people who are still angry over Tweets he made that insulted someone by saying he saying he looked autistic and that the rapper did not want "special ed kids on my time line." Here are some responses.
Holly Robinson Peete says:
I hope you can see how what you might see as a benign insult-or not- was so randomly hurtful, immature and misinformed. Maybe you are naive or indifferent as to how many of your fans might be deeply and personally offended by your insult. At the very least-can you please delete it? 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.
Dawn Neufeld responds to his "apology":
just kidding about da special ed kids man, i was in special ed day said i had anger issues lolRight, 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.
I can only imagine how annoying it must be to look at your mentions and read tweets from cowards who only log on and tweet you to say something disrespectful and derogatory. It gets a little tiresome taking verbal attacks and being politically correct or silent. HOWEVER, I can’t imagine what it is like for a 13 year old kid with Autism (to) Google their favorite hip hop artist 50 Cent and read something so hurtful and disrespectful. As a father and child advocate I would hope that someone like Curtis Jackson/50 Cent would be more responsible with his words. We have to understand that famous or not, children read and listen to everything! We have got to be more responsible with our words because they can affect someone for a lifetime. After working with kids with Autism I can honestly say that anyone trying to place them in categories with low achieving or dumb individuals is wrong. A lot of people who are on the Autism spectrum are actual geniuses or have mastered a skill in a small amount of time.
I may be doing a 'Supported Learning' course at polytech but I am nowhere near as shallow and stupid as you came across in those tweets. I am passionate in changing things for both the Tauranga community, and the disability community. For example, I am a member of Tauranga Rotoract Club, a Rotary sponsored service club for 18-30 year olds and am the club's secretary. I have been recognised within the disability community as a leader of the future.