50 Cent donates $100K to Autism Speaks after apology to autistic airport worker


50 Cent donates $100K to Autism Speaks after apology to autistic airport worker

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Arrow Wine, Jungle Jim's yank 50 Cent-sponsored vodka after he "bullies" disabled airport worker.  Photo illustration using screen grab and AP photo of 50 Cent by Amelia Robinson. 


After 50 Cent issued an apology to Andrew Farrell for the video he posted, he put his money where his mouth is and donated $100,000 to Autism Speaks, according to a report at TMZ.com and others.

Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.


Days after 50 Cent was in town to promote Effen Vodka, Jungle Jim and Arrow Wine have yanked the vodka from shelves.

“We have already pulled the product,” Arrow Wine manager Mif Frank told Dayton.com. 

Other stores also pulled the vodka. 

The decisions come in response to the video the rapper posted on Twitter, in which he accuses a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport contract worker of being high.

The worker, Andrew Farrell, has social anxiety and mild autism.

Frank said the vodka has been removed indefinitely from both the Kettering and Centerville stores.

50 Cent made an appearance Saturday at the Centerville store to promote the vodka. About 300 Dayton area fans braved rain while waiting in line. 

The actor and spokesman for the Dutch vodka also appeared that day at Jungle Jim's International Market Eastgate that day before a show at Celeberties in Cincinnati.

“We definitely want to make sure we get the product off the shelves,” Jimmy Bonaminio, Jungle Jim’s executive director of creative services told Dayton.com.

Jungle Jim’s does not plan to use Effen at future events or its upcoming Cocktails and Comedy Festival.

“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 were disappointed and upset by the incident that took place. With matters as serious as this, Jungle Jim’s fully supports the decision of other local retailers and restaurants to both pull and boycott Effen Vodka products,” the company said in a statement.

The Farrell family wants an apology and, according to TMZ, has hired an attorney and want $1 million for bullying. 

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