50 Cent turned a mistake into a blessing. 50 showed how much he was sorry for bullying an autistic teen by making a very generous donation to Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization in the U.S. that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments and the public.
Fif donated a reported $100,000 to the group, according to TMZ.
“I want to turn this misunderstanding into an understanding,” he told TMZ. “There are people that are ignored, mistreated and neglected with disabilities that need our support.”
Fif hopes fellow celebs will follow in his footsteps.
“I am calling on my fellow musicians, actors, entertainers and all others who may not have fully considered this cause to join together to help in any way they can.”
50 Cent’s donations comes after he posted video of himself accusing a Cincinnati airport worker of being high on drugs. It was later revealed the teen suffers from mild autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
Fif expressed he was “truly sorry” in a statement to the New York Post.
“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man,” 50 told Page Six in a statement. “It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family.”
50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, was in Cinci for his Effen Vodka bottle-signing promotion at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate. He followed the young custodial worker named Andrew around the airport, accusing him of being on drugs.
“Look at him,” Fif said. “What kind of s*** do you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherf****r right here in the airport. The new generation is crazy.”
Andrew, who also suffers from hearing impairment and social anxiety disorder, learned about the 50 Cent’s post from a coworker.
His mother, Amanda Kramer, told WCPO Cincinnati she initially wanted to ignore the video, but grew angrier as the video went viral.
“It doesn’t say much about his character when he has to attack a kid he doesn’t even know and accuse him of things that aren’t even true,” she said.
Ken Kramer, Andrew’s stepfather, was equally upset.
“I was appalled, actually, to tell you the truth,” he told WCPO. “To drop the words and say he was on drugs and all this? I’m like, ‘I just dropped him off at work 20 minutes beforehand.’ He has no idea about this kid.”
Instant backlash prompted the 40-year-old Hip Hop mogul to delete the video.
“Stand up, be a man and apologize face to face,” Ken Kramer said.