The rapper who has over 6 million followers on the social network, Twitter, was responding to a “tweeter” who tweeted, “Release the album or get shot again.”.
Although the rapper was speaking lightly, what he must not have thought about was that, of his over 6 million followers, some have been affected by autism, whether they are on the autism spectrum themselves or are the parents or relatives of someone who is.
Actress and autism activist Holly Robinson Peete caught wind of “Fiddy”s tweets and responded by writing an open letter to the rapper. Robinson Peete expressed her disappointment with his tweets and went on to offer him a brief lesson in what it really means to be autistic.
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…
The actress went on to share a picture of her son, who is autistic, to show the rapper “what autism really looks like”. The actress even shared that her son was “a HUGE fan” of 50 cent.
Peete insisted that “Fiddy” remove the offensive tweets and he obliged but many in the special needs community are not satisfied and they want a formal apology from the rapper.
Whether the rapper will apologize remains to be seen.