vendredi 6 juillet 2012

My 2 cents on 50cent

I am not sure that everyone know this, but 50cent has been in hot waters as of late in regards of some remarks he did on twitter to a follower. The hufftington post explains the situation here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/05/50-cent-autism-tweet_n_1651256.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Apparently, 50cent has over 8 million followers on his twitter account and so whenever he tweets something, a whole lot of the population reads it. When he was asked about the date of the release of his new album, 50cent kinda had a boo-boo, misinformed and, well, flat out disgusting to my taste moment. You think that a person in the worlds eye view would be more responsible and mature in regards of what they are tweeting.

To quote the hufftington post:
The ugly tweets were in response to an eager fan who wrote to 50: "Release the album or get shot again." The rapper allegedly tweeted back, "yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic." And, he didn't stop there. "I dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else," he posted later." 


This literally lifted me up my seat. I can not believe that he just tweeted that. Unfortunately, what 50cent doesn't know is that 1 in 88 kids in america are diagnosed with autism. Needless to say that right after this comment, 50 received loads and loads of comments about his statement. A mother also sent him a letter to ask for an apology


To me, this indicates that there is a lot of work to be done in regards of making people aware of autism. My son looks like any other kids in the playground. You wouldn't be able to see that he is different than all the other kids. I learn everyday from my son. It is a stress yes, but we are so blessed with the development that our son is making. Fitting in is difficult but he does try his best every time.


When someone, who has a lot of followers, is in the public eye or has great influence on others, says comments like this or reacts like this, it pains me. I pity the fact that, still, there is a lot of undermined or under toned judgment in regards of people who are different. I believe it is time for a change. I won't be sitting down if someone uses the R word. Get the facts, read, learn, get involved, get to know just how amazing people with autism are.





1 commentaire:

  1. As you well know, even you used the word "autistic" in a casual way before your son was diagnosed (although in a "socially awkward" not "retarded" way, jokingly not insultingly). So there really needs to be MUCH more education and sensitivity taught on the subject.

    I am however totally UNSURPRISED that someone like 50cent would be uneducated on both the subject AND how to comport himself in the public eye. In a world where communication is ubiquitous and so much easier, people seem less and less able to properly control their message.

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