CINCINNATI, Ohio — 50 Cent is trying to make amends after he received major backlash for mocking a 19-year-old boy with autism in a video.
Curtis James Jackson III, best known as 50 Cent, said he was donating to Autism Speaks. He was criticized for harassing and accusing an airport worker with mild autism and social anxiety to be “high” on drugs.
“There are people that are ignored, mistreated and neglected with disabilities that need our support. Today, I have made a donation of $100,000 to this worthy cause through Autism Speaks,” 50 Cent said to Billboard in a statement Thursday.
50 Cent was seen scoffing at Andrew Farrell, a janitor at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, in a video he posted on Twitter and Instagram on Sunday.
“Look at him. What kind of s*** you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherf***er right here in the airport. Pupils dilated and everything. The new generation is f***ing crazy,” the rapper said in the video.
The Internet wasn’t too happy with 50 Cent. Hundreds of people tweeted at the rapper demanding him to apologize. Local bars in Cincinnati reportedly refused to serve the rapper’s liquor brand and promotional events were canceled.
Ferrell’s family spoke to multiple local news outlets in Cincinnati a day after the video went viral.
“It hurts to watch that, it’s painful,” Andrew’s stepfather, Ken, told WKRC. “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.”
50 Cent said in a statement to Billboard that he wanted “to turn this misunderstanding into an understanding” and made the generous donation, despite the fact that he claims he is bankrupt.