Rapper 50 Cent has hopefully learned a very valuable lesson.
The "I Get Money" star, born Curtis Jackson in Queens, NY, issued an apology after posting a video of himself making fun of an airport worker who suffers from social anxiety and mild autism, reports Page Six.
50 recorded himself relentlessly teasing 19-year-old Andrew Farrell at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, saying the contract worker seemed "high as a motherf—-r." The teen appears to ignore the rapper as he continues his verbal attack. 50 later posted the clip on Twitter and Instagram, thinking it was funny.
However, this was no laughing matter. It turns out Andrew has trouble communicating and responding because of his condition.
"It hurts to watch that. It's painful," said Andrew's stepfather, Ken Kramer. "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."
As a result, 50 issued an official apology. "While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man," the rapper said. "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."
Initial reports suggested the family wanted money along with an apology from 50, but an attorney for the family tells Page Six in an email that they would be satisfied by a "sincere apology."
"The family only wants a sincere apology from Mr. Jackson," wrote attorney Matthew J. Hammer. "The Cincinnati area loves Mr. Jackson and his work and I think it can only be mutually beneficial if he is willing to offer an apology to Andrew and his family."
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