A Dublin shop has banned rapper 50 Cent from a lucrative personal appearance after he made online slurs about autism.
Mobile phone retailed Carphone Warehouse has cancelled 50 Cent’s gig at the Dundrum shopping centre in protest.
The American star caused uproar with his autistic comments to an eager fan on Twitter.
50 Cent tweeted: “Yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic.”
He then told his seven million followers on Twitter: “Don’t want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else.”
A spokesman for Carphone Warehouse told the Irish Sun newspaper that they have no plans to reschedule the personal appearance by the rapper.
Over a thousand fans were expected at the store with 50 Cent due to fly in from Paris to launch a new range of headphones.
The company announced online: “We have decided not to go ahead with the 50 Cent event on Wednesday in Dundrum, thanks for all your feedback.”
The paper reports that Irish fans disgusted by the star’s comments were quick to praise the decision.
One wrote: “Well done @carphoneIE for dumping 50 Cent over his comments about autism. Way to set an example.”
Another said: “Well done to all concerned for showing that tool that autism isn’t a laughing matter!Thank you for backing us up!!”
50 Cent also hit the headlines last year when he had to apologise for tweeting inappropriate jokes about the Japanese tsunami.
After the disaster, he wrote: “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my h**s from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.”
He later ‘apologised’, saying: “Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I'm cool either way.”