Actress Holly Robinson Peete recently penned an open letter to rapper 50 Cent after he made insensitive comments about Autism via Twitter.
50 Cent was responding to a supposed fan when he tweeted, “Yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic RT @yung_raditz @50cent Release the album or get shot again. I dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else[sic].”
Holly read 50’s comment and retaliated by writing to the rapper/author. “When I read [the tweet] my heart sank,” wrote Holly. “I thought maybe your account had been hacked. No such luck. 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?? I’ve met you in passing over the years and I know you are a bright, astute businessman, and legitimate philanthropist so it is with a bit of sincere confusion that I ask you, Do you even know what autism is?”
Holly later asked 50 Cent to delete the comments to which he obliged. Peete’s son, Rodney Jr. Peete, was diagnosed with autism when he was a toddler. He is now 14 years old.