50 Cent Slammed For Instagram Video Accusing Airport Janitor Of Being High

By McCarton Ackerman 05/05/16

The rapper was in town to promote Effen Vodka, which has been pulled from the shelves of several local liquor stores after his cyber-bullying stunt. 

50 Cent Slammed For Instagram Video Accusing Airport Janitor Of Being High
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A video posted by 50 Cent has gone viral, but it hasn’t received the kind of attention he was hoping for. The rapper was slammed for falsely accusing an airport janitor of being high on the job.

50, born Curtis Jackson, posted the video from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to his Instagram account on Sunday. In it, he follows 19-year-old airport janitor, Andrew Farrell, mocking him for being high. "Look at him. What kind of shit you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherfucker, right here in the airport," Jackson says, as Farrell silently continues on his way, shaking his head. "Pupils dilated and everything. The new generation is fucking crazy."

But Farrell wasn't high. He has social anxiety and impaired hearing. "He does his job. He goes home. He doesn’t bother anybody. He’s got a social anxiety disorder [and] also has a hearing impairment," his mother, Amanda Kramer, told Cincinnati.com. Farrell told the website that he was "just pushing my cart, minding my own business" when the rapper and his crew got "all up in my face."

“I went to school with him,” wrote Instagram user rusty_stone9. “He has extreme social difficulties 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."

“Why would you attack my kid? It doesn’t say much about his character when he has to attack a kid he doesn’t even know," said Kramer. Apparently, Jackson's business affiliates were also not amused. Jungle Jim's, the liquor store where Jackson promoted Effen Vodka while in Cincinnati, has since pulled the vodka brand from several of its locations. 

The rapper has since apologized to the Farrell family, saying it was an "unfortunate misunderstanding" and that it somehow was "certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community." The family publicly accepted the apology and said they are "ready to move on."

Although the video has since been deleted from Jackson's Instagram, it was posted to YouTube and has racked up over two million views in four days.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.