Recently there’s been a trend that includes rappers saying something
offensive, only to be attacked for it in the media and pressured to
apologize. I have to be completely honest and say there’s a part of me
that resents that. I view rap similar to how I view comedy. It’s going
to ruffle feathers at times. It’s going to go “too far”. I do not
believe that an apology is needed every time someone is offended,
especially when that apology is really only for the sake of saving an
endorsement or cleaning up bad press.
With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere.
This apology IS necessary.
In a recent verse on the song “Jodeci Freestyle”, I said something
highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a
comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away
that what I said was wrong. I was instantly embarrassed that I would
be ignorant enough say something so hurtful. What makes the crime
worse is that I should have known better.
To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I’m moved and
inspired by your passion, and I’m amazed at how strong you are as a
unit. I have now read stories online from parents about their
struggles and triumphs with raising an Autistic child and I admire how
incredibly strong you have to be to do so. It’s touching. It also
makes what I said even more embarrassing for me. I feel real shame.
You have every right to be angry.
To anyone suffering from Autism, either mildly or severely, I am
sorry. I’m bound to make mistakes in my life, but in my heart I just
want to spread Love.
I want to educate myself more on Autism, and I’ll gladly own my
mistake and serve as an example to today’s generation that there’s
nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism.
People with this disorder and their loved ones have to go through so
much already, the last thing they need is to hear something as
ignorant as what I said. I understand.
To the parents who are fighting through the frustrations that must
come with raising a child with severe autism, finding strength and
patience that they never knew they had; to the college student with
Asperger’s Syndrome; to all those overcoming Autism. You deserve
medals, not disrespect. I hope you accept my sincere apology.
because he truly doesn't know what's it like growing up with an autistic sibling. you don't. It's hard. To be in a mall and have your little brother fall out in the middle of the floor screaming holding his ears. To neighborhood kids saying he crapped in the yard and would chase him out the yard (it was dog poo) because they didn't want to play with him. It took everything in me not to march my ass over there and beat all their asses. It hurts, I hurt for him. This is needed and I do hope this is coming from him and not some publicist.
it was much needed.
and I do hope he spends time with some autistic people. I know one that is high functioning that works in radio, my brother is moderate and then ive worked with severe, where they needed diapers.
I respect the way he handled that, and he seems to have grown through the process. Kudos to Mr. Cole. It could be damage control, but I know so many people who throw around "retard" until you educate them. I choose to believe him this time.
THIS letter...is EVERYTHING!
This is how you apologize and sincerely mean it with a great usage of words!
If he wrote all of this himself (even if he had some help to refine the letter); I can honestly say that he is a fine example of owning responsibility with a great touch of class, understanding and eloquence.
Can someone forward this letter as an official example to Ricky Rozay, Weezy and several others who cannot seem to "grasp" the idea of a formal, elaborate and concrete apology letter?