Rapper 50 Cent real name Curtis Jackson put his foot in his mouth once again on Twitter when he poked fun at a follower,
“I just saw your picture fool, you look autistic” The tweet has offended millions suffering with Autism and it hit a personal chord with actress Holly Robinson Peete who’s teenage son RJ suffers from Autism. Unfortunately 50’s tweet didn’t end there, he added,
“I don’t want no special ed kids on my time line go follow somebody else.”
Holly immediately took to her foundation website, HollyRod Foundation to write an open letter to 50.
“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.”
Holly initially thought the rapper’s Twitter account was hacked but 50 recognized the offense with this veiled apology,
“just kidding about da special ed kids man, i was in special ed day said i had anger issues lol.”
“Seriously, THIS is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers??” asked Holly.
“I’ve met you in passing over the years,” she continues, “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?”
In the end Holly shared a photo with her son Rodney on the cover of Autism File and stated,
“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 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.”
What do you think of 50’s tweet?