Holly Robinson Peete Rips 50 Cent for Rude Autism Slur

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Holly Robinson PeeteBravo, Holly Robinson Peete. The actress recently put rapper 50 Cent in his place after he tweeted a cruel slur about autism.

It started Monday night when a fan threatened to shoot him if he didn't release his new album. 50 shot right back, but he went where he should have never gone. He tweeted: "Yeah i just saw your picture fool you look autistic." To make matters worse, he followed that with another one that read: "i dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else."

What an insensitive, jerky thing to write, and Peete -- the mother of a son with autism and an outspoken autism advocate -- let him know it.

In an open letter to 50 Cent on the Hollyrod website, she told him that when she read his comment, her "heart sank." She said she had hoped his account had been hacked, but "no such luck." She asked him, "Do you even know what autism is?" She went on:

I hope you can see how what you might see as a benign insult-or not- was so randomly hurtful, immature and misinformed. Maybe you are naive or indifferent as to how many of your fans might be deeply and personally offended by your insult.

We are no joke. Neither is autism. We are not about to let you attempt to make “autistic” the new “R-word” under our watch.

Then she got personal and told him about her own son, Rodney Peete.

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.

Good for her, and shame on 50 Cent. The fan's comment was out of line for sure, but there was no reason for 50 Cent to go where he went. Autism is such a huge, life-changing challenge that so many families face, and the last thing we need is people making fun of them or spreading misinformation about them. It's not funny, it's not clever, it's simply ignorant and classless, and I hope 50 Cent and others have learned a thing or two after being schooled by Peete. 

So far, the rapper has offered no apology, beyond saying, "I would @Danicakes23 never talk about kids condition. People say all kinds of crazy things to me on twitter." It does at least appear that he's removed the offensive tweets, but if he has any kind of decent bone in his body, a full-fledged apology will hopefully be forthcoming soon.

Do you hear people making slurs about people with autism and other special needs? If so, do you stand up to them?


Image via Autism File

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Mindy... Mindymama

50cent lacks sense of decorum.

Stacey. Stacey.

Some people just need it brought to their attention to realize it is hurtful to say those things. I used to be guilty of using terms like gay and retarded in a derogatory sense. Once I got more mature though and saw people getting ridiculed who were gay I realized how hurtful words are and that we all must make an effort to watch what we say. Even though I never meant to be offensive to anyone when I said those words, I now realize that no one deserves to be shamed for who they are, and that has to start with us not using those lables in a negative way.

nonmember avatar Bridget

I know the feeling I have a family member of my husband side called all of my kids stupid it does hurt because I do have a son who has set backs and a older child with learning difficulties I struggled also but people alowe this treatment to other to be ok and you can't change them so I just move on with things with them and do my own things . There karama will get the best of them

Julia Donnie Blackowl

Bravo Holly! My son Garrison and I are right there with you. These kids will TEACH you to be human and now we can divide the real men from the boys. I LOVE MY AUTISTIC SON!!!!!<3 <3 <3

Brenda Culver-Kramer

I have a 7 year old autistic daughter and believe me its an ongoing battle of peoples cruel comments and their mouths running off. I certainly do fight back for my daughter. I will look them straight in the face and say she has autism and is having a sensory moment do you mind. They feel so bad its like they crawl back up into their skin. It gives me great joy to see people slither away with their heads between their butts. My daughter is just like any other child and has a right to be in public. Besides the hand flapping and sometimes staring or sensory breakdowns most people dont know she even has it, but people out there have to learn that its not their place to speak up and try to correct what they think is wrong.

nonmember avatar maddie

I my self have a learning disability and when i went to school the kids there would throw rocks at me and call me some really bad names made me feel like i was a bag of trash in a dumpster.hes just a rich bitch and people like him deserve to rot in hell he wouldnt like it if someone made a racial slur at him then it would be a bigger topic.. no wonder his name fits him well he only worth 50 cent lol

MrsCh... MrsChurch

Bravo Holly! Her open letter was very insightful and sure put 50 in his place.  Waiting on that apology.... Also, her son Rodney is one cute kid.

HTMommy HTMommy

Well if his fan looks "autistic" whats that make 50 cent look like?!?

nonmember avatar Jeanie Marie

Wow!!! .I have a 3 yr old son with autism and he is my life. being autistic does not make u any less human. they are unique in their own way and smarter than u think. 50 should attend a special ed class and see how strong minded they are. He needs to read a book and educate himself. there is no right or wrong way in "looking "autistic. Thank you Holly for defending autism. God bless yoy.

Tammatha Brown

Apologies mean nothing if the person doesn't mean it, it often just means you can get away with saying anything as long as you apologize.

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