Rapper 50 Cent is apologizing for posting a video accusing a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport worker with autism of being high.
“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man,” the rapper told Page Six in a statement. “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.”
According to TMZ, the family has hired an attorney.
50 Cent really looks more like two bits in a viral video.
The rapper who made appearances in Dayton and Cincinnati last weekend put his foot in his mouth when he posted a video on Twitter accusing a young worker at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport of being high.
According to WKRC in Cincinnati, Andrew Farrell, a teenage contract worker at the airport, has social anxiety and mild autism.
He was on his way to clean a gate when he was approached by 50 Cent.
The TV station interviewed the young man and his parents.
“It hurts to watch that. It’s painful,” Farrell’s stepfather Ken Kramer said. “You come up, and you start talking to a kid you know nothing about. That’s not fair. That’s a slap in the face.”
They want an apology and, according to TMZ, have hired an attorney and want $1 million for bullying.
The Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion, has denounced the rapper.
“50 Cent’s recent taunting of Andrew Farrell, a young man with disabilities, at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is reprehensible and has no place in our society,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “I’m sure 50 Cent would not want anyone to publicly humiliate his friends and family in the manner he humiliated this young man with disabilities who was just minding his business while doing his job.”