Holly Robinson Peete is an actress, philanthropist, and well-known autism advocate. She fired back a response at rapper 50 Cent , after he made fun of someone with the line “I just saw your picture fool, you look autistic” on Twitter.
“When I read it, my heart sank,” wrote Holly in an open letter to 50 Cent on the HollyRod Foundation’s website.
“I thought maybe your account had been hacked.No such luck. Granted, his comment was completely out of line but your retort: “i just saw your picture fool you look autistic”- was so so disappointing. I mean, that’s your comeback?? And you didn’t stop there. You went on to joke about not wanting “special ed kids” on your timeline. Seriously, THIS is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers??”
50 Cent tried to save his face with a tweet, “just kidding about da special ed kids man, i was in special ed day said i had anger issues lol.” See the tweet after the jump.
Clearly 50 it is not a laughing matter 1 in 88 people are diagnosed with Autism. I am a blogger but my calling is special education and I find it very offensive to make light of people with disabilities.
If you want to learn more about Autism…call me or visit Autism Speaks