Thursday, 05 July 2012
Working in Social Media always has its share of dramatic moments, and this past week has had no shortage of them.
Most of the time we allow discussion through Autisable's social media channels to run their course. However, this situation has caused such a stir within the Autism community that we'd like to address it a bit more closely - as it impacts families who deal with this issue on a daily basis. Comments such as his have been on par with those who bully. This is an issue that is close to our team as well.
Recently 50 Cent made some tweets that were rather derogatory, and Holly Robinson Peete took to her blog to shine the light on the tweets and to help 50 Cent understand more of what Autism is really like.
Suffice it to say, 50 Cent has deleted the tweets - which was greeted by the Autism Community as a good thing, but many are still saying that it's not enough.
Saying phrases like, "you look Autistic" or making comments in a demeaning way about "special ed kids" does nothing but hurt families and individuals dealing with the disorder.
With someone that has sold millions of albums and possesses a serious amount of influence in our society - one would think that this just is a serious flaw in judgement.
So, I'm sending an open invitation to 50 Cent to share a more thoughtful response on Autisable that would be shared directly to the Autism community .
I would like for us as a community to utilize this situation and hopefully turn it into a positive outcome.
We all make mistakes, and personally I think that's all that this is. However, with the response from the community asking for more - we believe it would be good for 50 Cent to respond accordingly.
Since Autisable is a large part of the Autism Community, and that's who our audience focus is - we are asking that he respond to the Autism Community by Submitting a post (here) or he may contact me directly. I've left a message for him on his Facebook fan page which includes my e-mail address. He may also DM us on twitter. We've taken the step to follow him on twitter to make it easier on him to reach back to us.
If you'd like for him to respond on Autisable (or at all) - please tweet this post using @50cent.
We look forward to working with him to ensure that his response is well received. We thank you for supporting us in this action, as we want to make sure that this situation turns out to be a positive one - with all sides having more of an understanding.
I'll keep you posted, as appropriate - as to any response.