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J. Cole Lyrics Insult Autism Community

J. Cole - Gabriel Olsen, FilmMagic, Getty Images
J. Cole – Gabriel Olsen, FilmMagic, Getty Images

Lyrics from a recently released track from Drake and J. Cole called ‘Jodeci Freestyle’ has upset the Autism community including myself.  The song  contains the following lyrics by J. Cole:

“I’m artistic, you n—-s is autistic, retarded.”

An autism advocacy group, Autism Speaks has released a statement via their website:

These lyrics are offensive and perpetuate negative stereotypes. There are many inspiring individuals with autism and other disabilities who have achieved great success across a variety of artforms, including music. We encourage J. Cole to recognize their talents and learn from the positive example they have set for all of us.

For those that may not know, I have three children with special needs, including a son with Autism and a daughter with Aspergers and I am deeply offended by the lyrics. Obviously J. Cole has not spent much time with people with special needs, if he had, he would see how talented they really are.

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