POINT PLEASANT - Rapper 50 Cent is facing some backlash in New Jersey after he posted a video of himself making fun of an airport janitor with autism.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was scheduled to make an appearance at Gerard’s Wine and Spirits in Point Pleasant to endorse his Effen Vodka brand. But the owners canceled the appearance Wednesday after the video went viral.
In the video, 50 Cent accused 19-year-old Andrew Farrell of being on drugs and taunted him while the teen worked in an Ohio airport. The rapper then posted the video online. He took the video down after it went viral and the true story about the worker came out.
Gerard’s Wine and Spirits will also return more than 150 cases of Effen Vodka that were purchased for the store.
“First of all, to make fun of autistic kids is completely wrong, and we happen to have a lot of friends that have autistic kids,” says owner Joseph Stevens. “I just said ‘I'm not doing that. I don't want to be represented by someone like that. The decision was easy.’”
The decision was posted on the wine store’s Facebook page. Within a few hours, it was shared hundreds of times.
50 Cent has apologized to the worker and his family. The family would like to see him donate $10,000 to the autism advocacy group Autism Speaks.