Petition Out Against J. Cole and Drake For Use of the Word “Retard”

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drake and j cole2013 is not the year to slip up lyrically if your an artist. With Rick Ross and Lil Wayne both losing lucrative endorsement deals after spitting some offensive bars earlier this year, it looks like Drake and J Cole are the next targets in “watch what you say”.

Drake and J Cole are both being targeted by an Anti-Bullying Alliance for their “retard” lyric used in their recent “Jodeci” freestyle. The Anti-Bullying group has already generated an online petition asking for a formal apology from each rapper, as well as the lyric/line being taken out of their song. The line being:

“I’m artistic, you n*ggas is autistic, retarded.”

The petition has already received over 2,600 online signatures since being created on July 13th. Their goal is to reach 5,000, which seems likely to be reached soon. Anna Kennedy, an activist for autism, says:

“It’s time we recognised [sic] people with autism for the exceptional human beings that they are and make a stand.”

Do some people take lyrics in music too literal? Or do artists really need to watch what they say in their lyrics more?

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