J. Cole Apologizes for Autism Lyric, Diss in New Drake Collaboration

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J. Cole is a bit sick of all the apologies celebrities make these days, especially when most of that back-tracking is based around endorsement deals and fear of bad public relations.

That said... the rapper is really sorry!

Cole posted a statement on his official blog yesterday in response to the controversy surrounding a line he sings on his collaboration with Drake, "Jodeci Freestyle."

The lyric reads:

“Go check the numbers, dummy; that’s just me gettin’ started/I’m artistic, you n*ggas is autistic, retarded.”

Said Cole in his apology note:

“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."

The artist went on to say his mea culpa is "sincere" and "necessary," adding:

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.

We gotta say: these words do ring a lot truer than the Paula Deen apology that followed her racially insensitive comments.

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