Wednesday, July 4, 2012
My 2 Cents On Holly Robinson Peete (@Hollyrpeete) and 50 Cent
I want to start by thanking you for your tireless activism on behalf of Autism awareness. I truly respect you and your family and your husband's book may be the singular thing that placed me on a path of acceptance and pride in my own Autistic son.
But I have to take you to task on something and I hope that you accept my criticism with the respect that it is meant.
In your recent open letter to 50 Cent, in a very classy manner, you challenged him on his blatantly hateful and cruel insult to the Autism community. You told him your "heart sank" and you were "disappointed" in his attitude and opinions toward our kids.
Jesus, Holly, with all he has written and spoken demeaning women, advocating violence (gun and otherwise), and glorifying a gangster lifestyle, this is what disappoints you? Have you taken a glance at his lyrical catalog lately?
You mention that your handsome son is a "huge fan" and rightfully call out 50 on making his life more difficult. But, Holly, aren't you as worried that your son's exposure to this man's violent, misogynistic lyrics will do as much damage to his attitudes toward women, violence and sex?
I commend you, Holly, for not stooping to his level in your response. But I'm a little concerned that by responding at all you have elevated him to your level. You speak to him as if he is your moral peer who simply needs a small life lesson. And, in my opinion, he isn't worthy of that.