In case you missed it, 50 Cent is in hot water, again, amid reports he berated an autistic airport employee. On Tuesday, May 3, the “Candy Shop” rapper posted, then deleted a video clip mocking 19-year-old Andrew Farrell, who was working at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. He narrated as he recorded the video, accusing Farrell of being high on drugs.
“Look at him. What type of s— you think he took before he came to work today?” 50 said aloud. He high as a motherf—er right here in the airport. His pupils dilated and everything … This new generation is crazy. It’s crazy,” he continued as the young man shook his head and avoided making eye contact. “The walking Dead, SMH LMAO I mean How high are [you] trying to get, Damn!!!” the rapper wrote via Instagram prior to pulling the video down.
Nevertheless, the G-Unit alum has been getting dragged on Twitter for the video. Some went as far as demanding an apology for the wildly inappropriate display. “We are all patiently waiting for @50cent to apologize. Your video was so disrespectful. Your a psycho,” wrote one person.
Another commenter suggested that people boycott 50’s Effen Vodka brand. “EVERYONE should follow their lead. Boycott @effenvodka. Bleed this clown @50cent dry of every penny!”
Now, it appears 50 Cent has learned the error of his ways. In a typed letter issued to Farrell and his family on Tuesday night, the rapper wrote:
“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, please accept my sincere apologies for offending you. It was certainly not my intent to insult you and I wish you and your family well,” he wrote.
Hours earlier, the teen’s father, Kent Farrell, said his son has a disability and suffers from social anxiety. While they were livid at the time, the family has accepted the rapper’s apology. They released a statement to WLWT 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.”
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