Thursday, July 5, 2012

You Just Can't Say That

In a time when Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or a number of other media portals can make your personal behavior public, you wonder why people don't think twice about some things. It's one thing to slip, it's another to say something repeatedly.

Rapper 50 Cent recently used "you look autistic" in a tweet as an insult to someone else, and he (rightly) incurred the wrath of ASD mamas and others by doing so. Holly Robinson Peete, and her husband started the HollyRod Foundation, which works to improve the lives of those with autism and Parkinson's disease. Holly gave a brilliant response to 50 Cent, the impact of which is felt even more because she knows him personally. Read her response here:

Well done, Holly.


Kevin said...

Holly Robinson Peete, I'm sure is a fine woman, but I find it hard to believe that she can have expectations that the typical rapper, or hip-hop performer would care about offending anyone. Does a post on a twitter account have greater gravity than the "art" that makes them a celebrity to begin with?

Ali Foley Shenk said...

She's friends with him, I think? And 50 Cent has over 6.8 million followers on Twitter!! I'm not a huge Twitter person, but I know a lot of people go on there constantly and follow celebrities because they tend to post frequently.

My greater concern is the numbing of the public to the usage of "autistic" as an insult. It's nice when people speak up and jar people out of thinking that it's ok to say things like that. Even rap stars. :)

Kevin said...

It would seem that what we are grasping for is control of the connotative meaning of words. This is a little different from the political correctness aim that appears to be the elimination of the use of words that have obtained a "bad" connotation. You recognize 50 Cent as a controller of the connotative meaning of a word that you would like to keep clinically pure, or at least attach with pleasant associations.