50 Cent found himself in hot water, when a video surfaced of the rapper berating an autistic worker who is employed by CVG. The employee was identified as 19-year-old Andrew Ferrell.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, released an apology to the Ferrell family after a video he took went viral. In the video, 50 Cent was seen mocking the teen as he walked through an airport terminal. Jackson could be heard saying, “This new generation is crazy. It’s crazy. Look at him. What kind of [expletive] do you think he took before coming to work today? He high as a [expletive] right here in the airport. His pupils dilated and everything…”
Almost immediately after 50 posted the video, the rapper was ridiculed on social media.
50 Cent is a scum and should be ashamed to show his face in public. Your career shows who you are in life… Trash. https://t.co/R0kP8l3XhL
— Conner J. Greenlee (@Greenlee20) May 4, 2016
Burn in hell, 50 Cent. People who abuse animals, the elderly and/or the handicapped are the scum of the earth #50cent
— cambslb (@slutmustard) May 4, 2016
@iancollinsuk that’s horrible bullying behaviour no matter who is doing it. The fact that a moron called 50 cent makes it more shocking
— Carolin Baker (@Kandywasabunny) May 4, 2016
The video of 50 cent berating the CVG airport employee is horrible and his apology letter was pathetic.
— Lacy Robinson (@welkappeal) May 4, 2016
According to Farrell’s father, the teen was not on any kind of substance, but suffers from social anxiety and is autistic. As stated, 50 Cent released a statement in order to apologize to the family.
“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, please accept my sincere apologies for offending you. It was certainly not my intent to insult you and I wish you and your family well.”
Farrell’s family reacted to 50 Cent’s apology by releasing the following statement to WLWT:
“It has been an emotional roller coaster that we are ready to put to rest. As requested, we have received a letter apologizing for 50 Cent’s behavior and we have chosen to accept it, along with a request that a donation be made to Autism Speaks. Though a letter of apology will not undo what 50 Cent has put our family through, we are choosing to forgive. A great lesson can be learned from this heartbreaking situation. Regardless of the way that another person appears to you, it is never OK to publicly humiliate them via social media. We hope that this situation brings more awareness to what people with autism and other forms of social anxiety suffer through on a daily basis.”
— someecards (@someecards) May 4, 2016
People aren’t just using Twitter to react to 50 Cent’s insensitive remarks. It’s said that many Cincinnati-based businesses are refusing to serve 50 Cent’s Effen Vodka. One business owner, Dan McCabe of MOTR Pub, said of the video, “I couldn’t get through (the video).”
“We won’t be carrying it again, I can tell you that,” said McCabe. “This is an issue that personally impacts this ownership group and our staff and we find the situation appalling. If we can join in in any cause on that front, we’ll do it.”
50 Cent learns powerful, grade-school-level lesson about bullying the autistic https://t.co/B4hORk37vl pic.twitter.com/92Z2RHHpY7
— StarWipe (@StarWipe) May 4, 2016
Jungle Jim also released a similar sentiment. “As an international market, Jungle Jim’s is a place of inclusion, and one that respects and appreciates all cultures, abilities, and needs. Jungle Jim’s does not condone such derogatory, negative, and hurtful behavior, and we’re disappointed and upset by the incident that took place.”
What do you think of 50 Cent’s apology? Do you think it’s genuine?
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