J. Cole Apologizes for Autism Lyric

J. Cole

J. Cole is owning up to his mistake. The Roc Nation rapper has issued a sincere apology for an offensive lyric about autism.

On the Drake-assisted song “Jodeci Freestyle,” Cole raps, “Fuck your list, you lame ni**as and doubters/ I’m undoubtedly the hottest and that’s just me being modest/ Go check the numbers, dummy/ That’s just me gettin’ started/ I’m artistic, you ni**as is autistic, retarded.”

In a letter posted on his website Dreamvillain, Cole explained that the apology was necessary after a fan expressed their outrage.

“I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough to say something so hurtful,” he wrote. “What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better.”

He went on to apologize to parents who are raising kids with autism, college students with Asperger’s Syndrome, and all those battling the development disorder.

“You deserve medals, not disrespect,” said Cole.

Read his heartfelt apology below.

Autism Speaks

Recently there’s been a trend that includes rappers saying something offensive, only to be attacked for it in the media and pressured to apologize. I have to be completely honest and say there’s a part of me that resents that. I view rap similar to how I view comedy. It’s going to ruffle feathers at times. It’s going to go “too far”. I do not believe that an apology is needed every time someone is offended, especially when that apology is really only for the sake of saving an endorsement or cleaning up bad press.

With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere. This apology IS necessary.

In a recent verse on the song “Jodeci Freestyle”, I said something highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away that what I said was wrong. I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough to say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better.

To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I’m moved and inspired by your passion, and I’m amazed at how strong you are as a unit. I have now read stories online from parents about their struggles and triumphs with raising an Autistic child and I admire how incredibly strong you have to be to do so. It’s touching. It also makes what I said even more embarrassing for me. I feel real shame. You have every right to be angry.

To anyone suffering from Autism, either mildly or severely, I am sorry. I’m bound to make mistakes in my life, but in my heart I just want to spread Love.

I want to educate myself more on Autism, and I’ll gladly own my mistake and serve as an example to today’s generation that there’s nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism. People with this disorder and their loved ones have to go through so much already, the last thing they need is to hear something as ignorant as what I said. I understand.

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.

Much Love

-Cole

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27 Comments

  1. X

    way to own up to ur mistakes. it felt sincere to me. cole world. my heart goes out to autistic kids’ families

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  2. YouGonHearIt

    hope you somewhere taking notes lil Wayne. that’s how sincere apologies sound like not some half-assed 1 second comment. I volunteer at an autistic centre and I’m glad he gave this apology which by the way came from the heart. these kids go through enough already and dont need this…

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  3. Girl Please.

    That’s cute and everything, but what about the deragatory term he used against homosexuals on the same album?

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    Beyonce Reply:

    @Girl Please., who cares about fags

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    Keep It Cute Reply:

    @Beyonce, I’m sure your fuckass father does.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @Girl Please., Cole is closet homo himself. But the line says: “My verbal AK slay f*ggots
    And I don’t mean no disrespect whenever I say f*ggot, okay f*ggot
    Don’t be so sensitive
    If you want to get f*cked in the @ss
    That’s between you and whoever else’s d!ck it is
    Pause, maybe that line was too far
    Just a little joke to show how homophobic you are” then he said in an interview “There will soon come a day when people in general, and rap artists specifically, are going to have to answer for their past usage of the word ‘f*ggot,’ much like the Grandfathers who are ashamed that they used the word ‘n*gger’ as kids. At a time when public acceptance of gay rights is soaring (rightfully), hip-hop culture and general are still battling with homophobia (not excluding myself). Rather than run from it I chose to attack it playfully. Those lyrics are meant to make everyone uncomfortable for the sake of this very conversation.”

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    Miss Me W/ the Bullshit Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, Yes, I read what he said in the interview when he first said it, but he still hasn’t apologized for it. My point is why apologize to one group of people you offended if you’re not gonna apologize to them all? To be quite mother-fucking honest, I feel he only apologized for the autism comments because of the backlash.

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    dlee Reply:

    @Miss Me W/ the Bullshit, if you understand his comment…. u will see there is no need for an apology. im GAY and that word DOESNT offend me at all. you need to really build yourself up if you are able to get pressed over a fucking word. especially if it is used playfully. and in other cases when its not, its a word. get over it. once again im GAY.

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    LMAO Reply:

    @dlee, But, baby, who said I was pressed? If he says things only to “ruffle feathers” and make people uncomfortable, then why even apologize for making the comment? Only because he got bad press for it? I’m Helen Keller to the bullshit.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @Miss Me W/ the Bullshit, Because they came at him.

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    Quest Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, “Closet homo?” Girl, whatever makes you feel better.

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    Mb Reply:

    @Girl Please., ok gays you don’t have a mental disorder. Calm y’all booty holes down

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    Jaykalvin Reply:

    @Girl Please., that was satire.

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  4. k.

    @girl please. exactly my point.. if he can apologize for this, he should apologize to homosexuals. therefore, this is bullshit. someone in his camp said something or vice versa and he’s trying to wash up. like j cole but his entire album is disrespectful. don’t retract now off a freestyle. lol.

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    JHP Reply:

    @k., Who is his entire album disrespectful towards exactly? He said one line referencing homosexuals on the intro to a 16 track album, the other 15 tracks were not disrespectful. If you think Cole is disrespectful, I hope you never listen to anyone from Young Money, MMG, or any of the trap rappers.

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  5. kate

    if i call someone fag it doesnt means that you are fag. this is word and people use to speak each other. it doesnt have deep meaning but people love problems and fight for everything

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    Miss Me W/ the Bullshit Reply:

    @kate, No, dummy, it’s not just a term of endearment. It’s offensive to a certain group of people. Of course you believe it doesn’t have a “deep meaning”. Unless you’re a homosexual yourself, you’ll never understand what being called a “faggot” feels like the way a homosexual does.

    Does the same apply if/when you call someone a “nigger”?

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  6. kate

    words are just words

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    Miss Me W/ the Bullshit Reply:

    @kate, Remember that the next time you use a deragatory term towards someone. Remember the next time you let “faggot”, “nigger” or anything else that is offensive towards someone. Remember that when they go upside your head with a crowbar that “words are just words”.

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  7. dlee

    mental retardation is a term. we have taken the word “retard” and ran with it but if you have a mental illness it is technically still a correct term. like its in the dictionary.

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  8. OMG

    STFU who gives a damn what somebody says, there is so much going on in the world and y’all worried about the words of a rapper? Grow some fucking balls or thicker skin bc if you were affected by the homosexual line than you really are a weak individual.

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    dee Reply:

    @OMG, THANK YOU! im gay and that shit doesnt even offend me! its a word! some people live to criticize

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  9. jimscreechie

    Why don’t we all jus start apologizing for existing?

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    maya Reply:

    @jimscreechie, i like this comment the best

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  10. Omar

    How many people were shot and killed in Chicago today? THAT’S what we need to be worried about!

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