Drakes newest freestyle featuring J. Cole called ‘Jodeci’ is not being received well by Autism Awareness organizations. During the song Cole said, “I’m artistic, you n*ggas is autistic, retarded”. Awareness groups and even Holly Robinson Peete demanded an apology. Cole took to Twitter to apologize for the lyrics saying that a Twitter apology wouldn’t do. He then took to his blog to issue the more heartfelt words of regret. Cole said “Recently there’s been a trend that includes rappers saying something offensive, only to be attacked for it in the media and pressured to apologize. I view rap similar to how I view comedy. It’s going to ruffle feathers at times. It’s going to go ‘too far’. I do not believe that an apology is needed every time someone is offended, especially when that apology is really only for the sake of saving an endorsement or cleaning up bad press. With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere. This apology IS necessary….
In a recent verse on the song “Jodeci Freestyle”, I said something highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away that what I said was wrong. I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better. To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I’m moved and inspired by your passion, and I’m amazed at how strong you are as a unit. I have now read stories online from parents about their struggles and triumphs with raising an Autistic child and I admire how incredibly strong you have to be to do so. It’s touching. It also makes what I said even more embarrassing for me. I feel real shame. You have every right to be angry. To anyone suffering from Autism, either mildly or severely, I am sorry. I’m bound to make mistakes in my life, but in my heart I just want to spread Love.
Cole said that he wants to learn more about the disability and that he hopes his apology is accepted.