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Autism is a condition that shouldn't be taken lightly. In a time where we feel we're making steps forward to raise awareness and sensitivity for autism, pop culture has taken the effort a couple steps back. Hip hop artists Drake and J.Cole have taken aim at the autism community in a newly released song, "Jodeci Freestyle," that perpetuates harmful misconceptions about the condition.
The song has been playing on multiple Clear Channel radio stations across the nation and contains the following lyrics by J. Cole:
"I'm artistic, you n----s is autistic, retarded."
These offensive lyrics making their way around the world and reinforcing autism stereotypes will not be tolerated! It's hard enough to educate others about autism without ignorance getting in the way. Countless talented and inspiring autistic artists can prove J. Cole's lyrics to be ignorant and misinformed.
Let's join together and speak out for autism! Sign this petition to tell Clear Channel executives to not play and support this song on their radio stations.
Dear Clear Channel executives,
It's come to our attention that a number of your radio stations have been playing the newly released song, "Jodeci Freestyle," by hip hop artists Drake and J. Cole. Some of their lyrics have come under fire due to their negative connotations towards autism.
Out of respect to those with autism, we ask that you no longer air this song across your stations, as it promotes negative stereotypes and misinformation among your listeners.
As a broadcasting company owning 850 radio stations in the U.S., along with 140 stations in New Zealand and Australia, amounting to 243 million listeners a month, your refusal to promote this song will help stop the perpetuation of misconceptions about this growing condition.
Education about autism starts by not promoting hurtful and incorrect misconceptions. You can do your part by refusing to play "Jodeci Freestyle" on your airwaves.