NEWSFLASH! Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has reportedly seen the error of his ways and has issued an apology for mocking an airport employee who has autism.
Jackson posted a video of himself on social media a few days ago, teasing Andrew Farrell at Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky Airport, saying the janitor seemed “high as a motherf—-r,” but he soon deleted the video when he discovered that the man had a disability.
Now Fiddy has finally issued a public apology to the young man and his family.
50 Cent has manned up and admits his attempt to mock a man on social media turned into an insult — albeit unintentionally — to 19-year-old airport employee, Andrew Farrell, who has autism.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, told Page Six in a statement.
“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man.
It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family.
The teen’s father, Kent Farrell, said his son also suffers from social anxiety. While they were livid with 50 Cent for his online mockery at the time, the family has decided to accept the rapper’s apology.
They released a statement saying:
We would first like to thank everyone for the amazing amount of support that they have shown over the past few days. 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. Again, we thank the growing number of supporters who have shown both love and acceptance during this difficult time.