A video shows rapper 50 Cent accusing a 19-year-old airport worker of being under the influence of drugs, prompting a backlash against the hip-hop artist.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, shared a video on Twitter and Instagram on Sunday that shows him harassing a janitor at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for being “high.”
“Listen … the new generation is crazy. They’re crazy,” 50 Cent says in the video. “What’s your name?” The rapper asks the worker. The worker does not respond, so 50 Cent continues harassing him:
“Look at him. What kind of s— you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherf—-r right here in the airport. Pupils dilated and everything. The new generation is f—ing crazy.”
The disturbing, unedited video, which contains graphic language, is below.
The airport janitor was quickly identified on social media as 19-year-old Andrew Farrell.
“I went to school with him. His name is Andrew Farrell. He has extreme social disabilities just to let you know. He has a hard enough time getting through life without jackasses like you making fun of him. I hope you feel good about yourself. You just lost a huge fan. 50 needs to apologize,” wrote 1musicinfinity5.
Andrew’s family spoke to multiple local news outlets in Cincinnati on Monday and said the teen has dealt with mild autism and social anxiety his entire life.
“It hurts to watch that, it’s painful,” Andrew’s stepfather, Ken, told WKRC. “You come up and you start talking to a kid you know nothing about. That’s not fair. That’s a slap in the face.”
The teen’s mother said watching the video was heartbreaking.
“Personally, I think the guy was mad,” his mother told WKRC. “Andrew didn’t know who he was right away and he ignored him and he did his job and went about his business. I think he was mad and offended that someone didn’t flock to him.”
In addition to a “social anxiety disorder,” Andrew Farrell has a hearing impairment, his mother told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Despite the comments from 50 Cent, Andrew Farrell told WKRC he’s happy with who he is.
“I don’t do drugs. I believe in God. I’m a hard worker,” he said.
While hundreds of users have tweeted at 50 Cent demanding an apology, the rapper has not publicly commented about the video. WKRC attempted to contact the rapper but did not receive a response.