Rapper 50 Cent celebrated his 37th birthday in Paris at exclusive nightclub le Vendome. The Get Rich or Die Trying star was seen partying into the early hours with friends who danced and quaffed an endless supply of Don Perignon champagne and Belvedere vodka.
Dressed in a white T-shirt, medallion and blue baseball cap the star enjoyed being the centre of attention as scores of clubbers tried to capture pictures of him on their phones and cameras. He seems to have put this week’s unpleasant Twitter backlash behind him after he tweeted derogatory comments about autism and special needs children.
Holly Robinson Peete spoke out after 50 Cent retweeted a comment from a fan, in addition to his own message: ‘yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic RT @yung_raditz @50cent Release the album or get shot again.’ He then followed this up with a second tweet saying: ‘i dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else.’ The rapper later attempted to make light of the situation by adding: ‘just kidding about da special ed kids man, i was in special ed day said i had anger issues.
21 Jump Street actress and mother-of-four Holly said her heart ‘sank’ when she read the ‘disappointing’ tweet. In an open letter to Autism File magazine she said: ‘When I read (the tweet) it my heart sank. I thought maybe your account had been hacked. No such luck.’‘you went on to joke about not wanting “special ed kids” on your timeline. Seriously, this is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers? Holly, whose eldest son Rodney Jr was diagnosed with autism aged three, continued: ‘I’ve met you in passing over the years and I know you are a bright, astute businessman and legitimate philanthropist so it is with a bit of sincere confusion that I ask you, do you even know what autism is?’
The rapper has since apologised for his insenstive comments insisting he had been thoughtless instead of malicious. He tweeted: ‘I realise my autism comments were insensitive, however it was not my intention to offend anyone and for this I apologise.’