04/07/2012 32 Comments
When a message is posted on Twitter or any other social networking website, it is revealed to the world and is released into the public domain.
When you are popular and have many fans and admirers, your thoughts are made even more important as there are people who look up to you. The words that are shared are used as a mantra of sorts, and beliefs that are shared in a tweet can often be then felt by those who want to be like the tweeter who has originally come up with them. No matter how damaging they may be to a select group of people that see them.
Take note of this, 50 Cent. Or may I call you Curtis?
Of course, comments are not always strongly planned before they are said and occasionally, things can be said in the heat of the moment after a tough day. Or after somebody has been critical of your work.
This feeling of wanting to let off some steam is something which is all too easy to act on, and I have been guilty of sharing my thoughts on a couple of occasions myself as somebody who doesn’t always feel that the world is treating me as I reckon it should.
Everybody has their moments, but disability isn’t something that is normally used in a jovial and possibly insulting manner.
In response to a tweet that Curtis received from a fellow user of Twitter who told him to “release the album or get shot again”, in reference to a mock track list which had been posted on the internet from Curtis’ official account, the following tweets were sent:
“Yeah I just saw your picture fool you look autistic”, and “I don’t want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else.”
Before this notion was pointed out in such an abrupt fashion, it hasn’t been too clear to me that it is possible to look like I am autistic.
What is the big giveaway, after all?
A big badge that screams “AUTISM!” at anybody who dares to look at it? A tattoo that is stamped on to the head of those who are diagnosed with any form of autism on the spectrum, such as Asperger’s Syndrome? Possibly there is a birthmark which saves medical professionals from the trouble of branding?
Who knows. Curtis may not have thought about how an autistic person can look distinguished in comparison with a normal person, but perhaps there is a difference in some way that he has noticed after careful observation.
Or maybe he has just chosen a disability at random to mock a fan, without thinking of the consequences that his actions may cause.
Whatever the option, this surely can’t look too good on the image of a rapper who is popular on a global level?
Offending those who have autism may not have been intentional but when thoughts are released into such a public space, always consider what is being said when people could be affected by it.