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Autism - No Prejudice by mdchan Autism - No Prejudice by mdchan
Original rap poem in the background (since the font I used is a little difficult to read in places):
Yo, here's the word
from an autistic fur;
Freedom of speech
but you should know better!
Ignorance is dumb
so don't spread the hate,
I'm not stupid,
I'm gifted, first rate!


The drawing is a follow up to the journal entry I wrote about the topic, which is:

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 niggas is autistic, retarded."



There's also a petition (where I heard/copied this information from) circulating HERE; please take the time to sign it and tell the radio stations to remove this offensive song from the air!

That one line is offensive to at least three different groups of people; though my focus is on the autism part since that's the one that directly applies to me.

There's enough discrimination and misinformation running around, without these so-called "music artists" making it worse. Seriously, the media screams about mental disorders whenever there's a violent crime (and is 99.9% WRONG in most cases); now there's hate, ignorance, and insults in a song that's on the air?

Myself, I have no intention of ever supporting the artist (listening to any of their songs, buying any of their albums, etc). Even if I was into rap music, I'd stay away from them. Speaking with wallets works...or, just go ahead and sign the petition.

Then, pass it along! Spread the word (and the petition), and help take a stand against bullying and prejudice!


Edit/News: Even before the petition reached its goal, Drake has removed the lyrics, and both he and J.Cole apologized for it.
They say they learned their lesson...that's yet to be seen, as an apology is just something that's after the fact. Time will tell if they truly learned from their ignorance, or if it's just another case of a celeb "saving face" by issuing a public apology for something they said/did.



Kairy's character is protected under copyright and trademark law.
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:icontotallydeviantlisa:
TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always find autism jokes offensive because I am autistic as well. I love your little autism mascot. :)
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!  ^^
I actually didn't intend for Kairy to become a mascot, as he was more of my furry alter-ego, but he sort of started to do that all on his own.  XD

I don't mind jokes as long as they're in good nature (for instance, if my friends make them or someone else with autism says one).  Not many people do that because it's still considered rude (and bad taste) to make jokes about autism.
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TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. :)
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little-shining-fox Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Nice job man, keep it up for those who can't!
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lopsidelibby Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
J Cole apologized about it, and Drake removed the lyrics. Good move on their part, you don't want angry people.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
At least they took responsibility; that's good to hear.

An apology won't make up for the ignorance they displayed, and time will tell if they truly learned their lesson about it.  Still, if they do learn from it, then (and only then) should the apology truly be accepted.
I mean, celebs/stars are made to apologize for random stuff they say because someone takes it the wrong way, let alone stuff done on purpose or out of ignorance.  They shouldn't have done it in the first place.  Yea, it's a bit harsh, but celebs/stars get away with so much that when they actually do things like this, they think an apology will fix it.

If I was into rap music, I still wouldn't get their stuff, and until they show (in their songs, I suppose) that they've learned their lesson on it, they're not getting a "get out of jail free" card...not from me, at least.  They need to prove that they're not just apologizing and removing the offensive lyrics to appease the masses; they actually have to mean it.
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ZiiaChan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
ugh rappers
they think they can just say anything and get away just because ... what. they have money? they're "so tough" ? they're famous?
it's sickening and gives all rappers a bad name ~_~; i already hated most and then they just keep getting worse.

i hope the petition works :/
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HaniaJedi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student General Artist

I salute you! :)

The rap and drawing is GREAT! :D

I signed the petition. :)

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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you times ten!  ^^
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:iconhaniajedi:
HaniaJedi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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