Actress Holly Robinson Peete has criticised rapper J. Cole following his controversial reference to autism in his new collaboration with Drake. The 21 Jump Street star, whose eldest son Rodney, Jr. is autistic, was furious when she heard the lyrics to the pair's track Jodeci Freestyle, which pokes fun at the condition in a line which reads, "Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started/ I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded."
Now Peete has taken aim at the 28 year old, who performs the rhyme, for setting a bad example.
She told U.S. TV news show Access Hollywood, "This was first brought to my attention by my son, who is 15, with autism, loves J.Cole, loves Drake. He brought it (up) to me, because he looks at all the lyrics. He said, 'Mum what does this mean?' And I was so devastated when I read it, I had to read it like five times and try to find some other context where this could make sense, 'cause everything I know about J. Cole is that he's a very intelligent man, he went to college, he graduated top of his class. He's a very smart rapper and I understand the artistic expression and everything, but this right here is so irresponsible. It hurt my feelings so much."
Choking back tears, she called on J. Cole to apologise for using the derogatory language.
She added, "I just don't (think) these artists know how powerful (they are)... because my son is struggling to fit in, and I mean struggling, so when I see an artist, with this kind of following, who is writing not just autistic, but trying to make it the new r-word, (it) is not going to happen on our watch... I hope he apologises and I hope he takes it out (of the song)."
This isn't the first time Peete has taken aim at a rapper over an inappropriate use of words - she previously targeted 50 Cent after he called a Twitter.com user autistic last year (12) during an argument online.
The 21 Jump Street star, whose eldest son Rodney, Jr. suffers from autism, was furious when she heard that the hip-hop mogul had insulted a rude Twitter follower on Monday night (02Jul12) by telling him he looked autistic, and she leaped into action and wrote an open letter to 50 Cent, asking him to stop using such hurtful language.
In the online note, Peete wrote, "When I read it (his tweets) my heart sank. I thought maybe your account had been hacked. No such luck. Granted, his comment was completely out of line but your retort: 'i just saw your picture fool you look autistic'- was so so disappointing. I mean, that's your comeback??
"And you didn't stop there. You went on to joke about not wanting 'special ed (education) kids' on your timeline. Seriously, THIS is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers??"
She went on to ask 50 Cent to remove the tweets from his blog to prevent impressionable kids from following his bad example and she got exactly what she asked for on Wednesday (04Jul12) when the rapper deleted the comments from his site.
Marking the achievement, Peete writes on Twitter, "Really thankful that @50cent took down those tweets."
The 21 Jump Street star, whose eldest son Rodney, Jr. suffers from the developmental disorder, was dismayed by the hip-hop mogul's choice of language after reading the Monday night (02Jul12) Twitter exchange, which was prompted when one blogger threatened to shoot 50 Cent if he refused to release his new mixtape, 5 (Murder By Numbers), early.
He hit back, "yeah i just saw your picture fool you look autistic".
The retort sparked a flurry of messages to Peete, a celebrity ambassador for autism awareness, and she has now urged 50 to be more considerate next time he lashes out at critics.
In her online post, Peete writes, "When I read it (his tweets) my heart sank. I thought maybe your account had been hacked. No such luck. Granted, his comment was completely out of line but your retort: 'i just saw your picture fool you look autistic'- was so so disappointing. I mean, that's your comeback?? And you didn't stop there. You went on to joke about not wanting 'special ed (education) kids' on your timeline. Seriously, THIS is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers??"
Peete goes on to ask 50 to remove the offending post from his Twitter page to prevent impressionable kids from following his bad example: "I hope you can see how what you might see as a benign insult-or not- was so randomly hurtful, immature and misinformed. Maybe you are naive or indifferent as to how many of your fans might be deeply and personally offended by your insult. At the very least-can you please delete it? If you've read your mentions today I am sure you have felt the wrath of autism parents. We are no joke. Neither is autism. We are not about to let you attempt to make 'autistic' the new 'R-word' under our watch."
The entertainment world is in the process of morning a true Hollywood icon: Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86. Whether you knew him as a level-headed sheriff/father on The Andy Griffith Show or a kind-hearted, octogenarian-friendly lawyer in the legal drama Matlock, he was certainly a beloved figured.
One needn't look further than Twitter for evidence of that, as Hollywood's finest have already taken to their social network accounts to express their condolences and pay tribute to a true, rare entertainment gem. Read some of the best online tributes here:
Andy Griffith passes. reut.rs/Ni23aH— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) July 3, 2012
Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever gratefulRIP Andy— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 3, 2012
Take a moment and whistle "The Andy Griffith Show" theme today - finger snap optional - RIP Andy Griffith— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) July 3, 2012
Cant believe Andy Griffith passed away today. Loved his show. Prayers go out to the family. Use to watch it all the time with my papa— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith.Sometimes I wish the world was as simple as it used to be in Mayberry.— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith, 1 of our most underrated actors, watch him as Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd, my fave moviemovies.netflix.com/Movie/A_Face_i…— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith.. We lost a legend today that provided me and my family some great quality time around the tv filled with some good laughs— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith. Hard to say what was better Andy Griffith show or Mattlock. Either way dats a lot of TV history!Thanks!— Kevin Farley (@Imkevinfarley) July 3, 2012
just found out the ANDY GRIFFITH passed away. an american treasure. if you can, give a little whistle for him today.— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) July 3, 2012
Farewell to a TV ICON :("@NBCNewYork: TV legend Andy Griffith dies at 86. | bit.ly/M3VpFq"— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) July 3, 2012
I adored Andy Griffith. Sweet and funny and true.— Paula Pell (@perlapell) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith… bit.ly/LuIP14— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith. I imagine heaven will look a lot like Mayberry.— Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) July 3, 2012
Andy Griffith died this morning.And a little bit of my childhood with him.Thanks for the laughs sir.— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) July 3, 2012
Rest In Peace Andy Griffith. Praying for his family, friends and fans.— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith. Thank you for all the laughs. I love Mayberry, and never knew that R.F.D. was for Rural Free Delivery. #AndyGriffith— Dave Coulier (@DaveCoulier) July 3, 2012
I hear a familiar whistle up here. RIP, Andy Griffith.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) July 3, 2012
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Remembering Andy Griffith: TV Legend Dies at 86
Police in Oceanside, California were called to the sportsman's home following reports of a shooting incident inside the property, where his girlfriend had found Seau unconscious in bed with a gunshot wound to the chest.
A firearm was found nearby and cops are investigating the 43 year old's passing as a suicide.
Tributes have poured in from friends, colleagues and fans of the football icon, a University of Southern California (USC) star who helped to take his former team the San Diego Chargers to the 1995 Super Bowl. And a number of his celebrity pals have also remembered Seau via Twitter.com.
Peete, whose footballer husband Rodney played at USC with Seau, writes, "Paralyzed with grief over the loss of our dear friend Junior Seau... Husband devastated. I just don't want to believe it. Loved him...."
Lachey tweets, "So sad to hear about junior seau's passing. I loved him as a Trojan (USC player) and got to know him a little over the years. Great guy. rip", while Union, who met Seau while filming in San Diego in 2000, adds: "Deepest sympathies go out 2 the family, friends & fans of JuniorSeau ...great guy who made the 'Bring it On' cast at home at his restaurant 'Seaus' in SD".
Gladiator star Russell Crowe, Grey's Anatomy hunk Jesse Williams, and Tom Cruise's DJ son Connor have also posted tributes online.
The actress, whose eldest son Rodney, Jr. was diagnosed with the developmental disorder, switched on blue lights at the Little Nell gala in Aspen, Colorado on Sunday (01Apr12) to mark the annual fundraising drive.
She took to Twitter.com to share a photo of herself at the event, writing, "In Aspen and just pulled the switch to light up the mountain blue (for) autism awareness!"
Braxton, whose nine-year-old son Diezel has autism, also tweeted statistics about the condition as well as information about major buildings around the world 'lighting up' with blue bulbs for World Autism Awareness Day.
She also asked followers to don blue clothing for the occasion, writing, "I encourage everyone to wear a piece of blue to show support for Autism Awareness Day! It's spring, blue goes great with everything!"
The 21 Jump Street star shares four children with former footballer Rodney Peete, who she married in Los Angeles in June, 1995.
And they decided to celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary early by holding a ceremony a day before Valentine's Day on Monday (13Feb12).
Posting a series of images of herself in a floor-length white gown on Twitter.com, Peete writes, "Renewed vows tonight... atop the Empire State Bldg (building) 17years olda**blushingbride LOL (laugh out loud)... it was lovely..."
The actress also revealed she was treated to a surprise serenade from gospel singer BeBe Winans by her wedding planner Colin Cowie.
The TV star married former footballer Rodney Peete in Los Angeles in 1995 and they have four children together.
The couple has now decided to celebrate 17 years of marriage by renewing their vows on Monday (13Feb12), the day before Valentine's Day (14Feb12).
New York Post gossip column Page Six reports the ceremony will take place at the top of Manhattan's famous towering landmark.
The TV star, whose 12-year-old son RJ was diagnosed with the condition at the age of three, was inspired to embark on the project after hearing how the boy was being bullied at school because other kids had no idea about the developmental disorder.
So she recruited RJ's twin sister Ryan to help reach out to youngsters in My Brother Charlie.
Ryan tells People magazine, "I want people to know what autism is so they don't get a whole weird idea. Kids with autism are exceptional human beings."
Peete's husband, former American footballer Rodney Peete, is also sharing his story with others in his own memoir, Not My Boy!, detailing his struggle to accept his son's diagnosis and how he overcame his denial.
Both books are set to hit stores in April (10).
The TV star was singled out as one of the African-American women Mayer called "gorgeous" in a controversial new Playboy magazine article - and the comment has made her year.
She tells Eonline.com, "I'm levitating. There's nothing that makes a 45-year-old mother of four feel better when she's dropping her kids off at school than to get a link on my iPhone that says John Mayer thinks I'm hot."
And her husband, former American football star Rodney Peete, appreciates the comment too.
The actress adds, "I don't know who is happier, me or my husband. John Mayer is part of the soundtrack of our everyday lives. We always have music playing in the house, and it's usually dad's mixes with John Mayer songs. Rodney has like a big giant bromance crush on John Mayer."