The rapper 50 cent recorded a video of himself berating a disabled airport worker he suspected of being high on drugs.
“This new generation is crazy — it’s crazy,” said the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III.
Jackson was flying out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after promoting his vodka brand when he encountered the worker pushing a cart of cleaning supplies.
“Look at him — what kind of s*** do you think he took before he got to work today?” Jackson says in a video he posted on Instagram. “He high as a motherf*cker right here in the airport. Pupils dilated — the new generation is f*cking crazy.”
The worker appears to ignore the rapper, who demands to know his name and what drugs he’s taken, and continues pushing the cart.
As it turns out, 19-year-old Andrew Farrell is autistic and hearing impaired, and he also suffers from social anxiety.
“It’s just sickening, very hard to watch,” his father, Kent Farrell, told WLWT-TV. “To put this out there saying my son is on drugs or whatever, that is part of his social anxiety. He’s not wanting to talk, he’s not wanting to communicate — he’s walking on and he’s doing his job.”
The father said he’s proud his son got the airport job without any help after graduating from Conner High School in northern Kentucky — and Farrell and his wife believe 50 Cent owes the young man an apology.
“He’s very upset,” said Andrew’s mother, Amanda Kramer. “The more I thought about it, the more upset I got, the madder I got. This could hurt him for the future.”
The rapper deleted the social media post about his encounter with the disabled worker, but he has not issued a public comment.
Several nightclubs in the Cincinnati area have vowed to boycott 50 Cent’s vodka after the incident — which isn’t even the first time the rapper has mocked someone who may have had autism.
The rapper responded in 2012 to fans who had criticized him with insults against disabled people.
“Just saw your picture fool you look autistic,” he told one fan on Twitter, and then he hurled a similar insult at another fan. “I don’t want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else.”
He eventually apologized and deleted those tweets.
Watch video that 50 Cent posted of himself berating the autistic worker (warning: NSFW language):