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Hip Hop Artist J.Cole Apologizes to Autism Community

July 22, 2013

The hip hop artist J.Cole apologized to the autism community for offensive lyrics in the recently released song "Jodeci Freestyle" by Drake and J.Cole. The apology follows an outcry by people with autism and their families.

In a post on his blog, J. Cole wrote:

"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."

Read the full blog post here.

Also check out blogger Lou Melgarejo's reaction piece from last week on the controversy.