J. Cole Apologizes For Offensive Autism Lyric
J. Cole issued an apology on Sunday afternoon after offensive autism lyric.
“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,” the rapper wrote.
“Go check the numbers dummy, that’s just me gettin’ started /I’m artistic, you n—as is autistic, retarded,” is what Cole rapped during the song that offended mother’s and familes nation wide.
“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 … 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,” the 28-year-old wrote.
Actress Holly Robinson Peete, a mother of a 15-year-old autistic son, was one of several people who spoke out about J. Cole’s lyric.
“It hurt my feelings so much. I just don’t think these artists know how powerful they are. Because my son is struggling to fit in, and I mean struggling, so when I see an artist, with this kind of following, who is writing not just autistic, but trying to make it the new r-word, it is not going to happen on our watch … I hope he apologizes and I hope he takes it out,” Peete explained during a recent interview with Access Hollywood.