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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is celebrating his birthday today and I hope he enjoys it but before he starts popping champagne bottles today, he should do one very important thing; issue a sincere apology to Holly Robinson Peete and all the people who are affected by autism.
The rapper made a very critical error in judgment, in a recent Twitter exchange, where he responded to a fan by saying:
“yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic.”
He then went on to add:
“I dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else,”
Holly Robinson Peete responded to “Fiddy” ‘s tweets by writing an open letter to the rapper expressing her disappointment with his lack of sensitivity to those that are affected by autism. She asked him to take down the offensive tweets and soon after, the tweets were removed.
Robinson Peete may be content with the tweets coming down but 50 Cent has a bigger problem; Twitter is buzzing with angry tweets about his reference to being autistic and being “special ed”. Many are calling for a boycott of any and all products associated with him and they are demanding an apology.
Need “Fiddy” be reminded about Roland Martin and what careless tweeting can do? In case he forgot, here is a quick recap:
During the Super Bowl show, Martin reportedly tweeted that “real bruhs” wouldn’t wear David Beckham underwear and that people should “smack the ish out” of any male that did.
Soon after that, CNN suspended Roland Martin and did not reinstate him until he issued a heartfelt apology to GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and did a tremendous amount of schmoozing with members of their organization.
50 Cent needs to take a lesson from Roland Martin’s experience and apologize-quickly! The birthday celebrations can wait.