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  • Hey 50 Cent! Rap On This...

    Hey 50 Cent! Rap On This...
    by Gina Gallagher, Psychology Today
    July 7, 2012

    The look of autism rapper 50 Cent really needs to see

    Why 50?

    Thatís all I wanna know.

    Was the fame not enough?

    The fortune too little?

    Was it a need to steal headlines away from your rapping rival, Kanye, who is Keeping Kompany with Kim Kardashian?

    Or jealousy because that other "Fifty" of Fifty Shades of Grey is now the fancy of your female fans?

    Why else would you use your incredible platform - all 6 million plus of them - to spread a message of ignorance? To make the lives of millions of adults and children around the world who fight every day for acceptance and understanding so much harder?

    Why oh why, 50?

    Why would you add darkness to the light that organizations around the globe work so hard to cast?

    Yet that's what you did. On Twitter. For the whole world to see. Yes, there in your limit of just 140 characters, you showed the limit of your character.

    You responded to a fan with a tweet that said, "Yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic. I dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else." (sic)

    Why would you tweet that? Especially when it's clear that autism is a subject you know nothing about.

    If you did, you would know that people don't "look autistic." Autism doesn't have a look; it's an invisible disability. That means, you can't tell someone has autism just by looking at them.

    Unless, in addition to writing rap music, you have the superpower to see autism.

    Your hurtful tweet didn't just harm children with autism and all who spend their lives loving, fighting for, and educating them; it insulted all people with disabilities. I wonder if you know that some famous celebrities - just like you - have learning disabilities. Did you know that Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Cruise, Henry Winkler, and funnyman Dan Ackroyd to name a few, admitted to having learning disabilities? Did you know that many of your celebrity counterparts have children with autism? Like the lovely actress Holly Robinson Peete (who hung out with Mr. Cooper). I'd hang with she and her husband, Rodney Peete, who use their platforms to help spread understanding and acceptance of autism.

    Do you even realize that someone who was looking at your grammar might assume you have a learning disability?

    I'll be honest and admit that I really don't know much about you or about rap. My 17-year-old daughter with autism, however, does. She was a fan of yours until she saw your comments, and said, "Mom, why would he do that? He must really hate himself!"

    Pretty intuitive for someone with autism or special needs, don't you think?

    But you didn't just let her down, you let down so many others who have made so much forward progress in breaking down stigma. Yes, in less than 140 characters, you could have set back decades of hard work and sacrifice.

    I won't lie. Many people in the special needs community are not happy with you. They are hurt and angry and want to have everyone who knows you boycott you.

    I on the other, hand, have bigger dreams for you, Mr. Cent. I dream of you spending some time with children and adults with autism. Perhaps if you did, you'd see that they are refreshingly honest, loving, creative, smart, and interesting. Who knows? You might even be inspired by them or even rap their praises.

    Now that would be music to all our ears.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hey 50 Cent! Rap On This... started by David Baxter View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Katieann's Avatar
      Katieann -
      Whoah... what a classless, witless creature. Very sad to see that kind of attitude. What I can see happening is... in the future when he's possibly ruined his career with drug or alcohol related charges.. and has to do community support - it can be in the form of time spent volunteering with autistic people. That is... if they would have him.

    1. LIT's Avatar
      LIT -
      Well apparently karma bit him because he hasn't really been in the mainstream much since that happened 5 years ago,has he?I haven't really heard or seen much about him in quite awhile.