J. Cole Apologies, Without Celebrity Pressure
Last year 50-Cent replied back to an offensive tweet with "'i just saw your picture fool you look autistic" and then continued on to joke about not wanting special education kids in his timeline. This prompted Holly Robinson Peete, well known actress and mother of Rodney Jr, her eldest with autism, to call him out for those comments in an open letter. This prompted a tweeted apology from the rapper and deletion of the offending tweets.
While Holly Robinson Peete took that apology and deletion as a victory, others remained less than impressed. Many called for a boycott of 50-Cent's music, still others wanted to smash or recycle their 50-Cent CD's.
I applauded Holly Robinson Peete's open letter, as she spoke as a parent of a child with autism could only speak. I am not a fan of rap, being congenitally disposed to being awkward, so I did not own or did I listen to 50-Cent. But it struck a chord with me, particularly with music that is sung as an expression of anger.
Today I read an article about another rapper, J. Cole, who apologized for using "autism" and "retarded" in his "Jodeci Freestyle" song. He, like 50-Cent, abhors having to apologize for offensive lyrics, because he feels that taking offense is the problem of those offended.
But in his apology on his blog, he recognized how serious this was when he received an outraged comment. His apology seems very sincere, and very heart-felt. As far as I can see, he's not apologizing because of bad press, but rather making headlines for his apology. That's impressive to me. He recognized his error and tried to correct it on his own impetus, without celebrity pressure. How many celebrities would do that?
Thanks J. Cole, for your apology. It was impressive in it's context, and in the research you have done regarding autism and the daily lives we all lead in raising our children. I hope you continue to educate yourself on the disorder, and find out just how and why we are so passionate about it. Our children are precious, brilliant kids, and it's great to see that you recognized that, if only a little late.