Holly Robinson-Peete Writes Open Letter to 50 Cent After He Makes Autism Joke [Details]

Rucuss staffJuly 5, 2012

50 Cent has never been one to hold his tongue but he may be thinking twice about statements he made to one of his Twitter followers.

50, who has 6.8 millions followers, made an autism joke to a fan that has offended people with autism and parents of kids with autism. 50 allegedly responded to a fan who tweeted,”Release the album or get shot again.”

50 didn’t like that statement so he quickly replied,”yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic. I don’t want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else.”

Many of his followers didn’t like his comments and began sending him tweets voicing their opinions along with photos of their children with autism. One person in particular was Holly Robinson-Peete. She has a 15-year-old son who was diagnosed with the developmental disorder several years ago. She launched the Holly-Rod  Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing  compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease.

Peete wrote an open letter to 50 on her website and asked him to take down the tweets, he obliged.

Dear 50 Cent,

Since last night my twitter timeline is flooded with tweets and retweets about a response you posted to someone who insulted you. When I read it my heart sank. I thought maybe your account had been hacked. No such luck. Granted, his comment was completely out of line but your retort: “i just saw your picture fool you look autistic”- was so so disappointing. I mean, that’s your comeback?? And you didn’t stop there. You went on to joke about not wanting “special ed kids” on your timeline. Seriously, THIS is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers??

I’ve met you in passing over the years 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? Do you know how wildly prevalent 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, so our non-profit- HollyRod Foundation works hard to raise funds to help these families cope…

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.

Finally, this is my son Rodney Peete. He has autism. So I guess this is what autistic looks like? He is in special ed. He lovesrap 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.

Sincerely,

Holly Robinson Peete

Some parents on Twitter have suggested boycotting 50 Cent’s products and music. We know 50 wasn’t trying to offend people with autism but he may need to think before he posts on Twitter next time…the world is watching.

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