Drake Apologizes For Disrespectful Reference to Autism
In one line, Drake and J. Cole managed to insult several groups of people. That's talent.
Drake's new song "Jodeci Freestyle" includes a section where J. Cole raps, "I'm artistic, you n----s is autistic, retarded." Listeners apparently complained and Drake said the lyric will be removed from the song.
J. Cole issued an apology on his blog, writing (via Zap2it), "To the parents who are fighting through the frustrations that must come with raising a child with severe autism, finding strength and patience that they never knew they had; to the college student with Asperger's syndrome; to all those overcoming autism. You deserve medals, not disrespect. I hope you accept my sincere apology."
Later, Drake added his own apology: "J.Cole wrote a beautiful and moving apology to individuals and families affected by autism who were understandably hurt by a verse in 'Jodeci Freestyle. I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused. Individuals with autism have brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted. This was a learning lesson for both of us, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to try to right this wrong. J. Cole and I believe that it is the right, responsible, and respectful decision to remove the lyric from the song."
What about the references to the n-word and "retarded"? Will they stay?