50 Cent, also known as Curtis James Jackson III, has taken his homophobic opinions, usually found on stage and screen, to cyberspace again in a recent tweet. The rapper, actor and Vitamin Water spokesman wrote: “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.” 50 Cent tweeted the anti-gay remark from his Blackberry using ÜberTwitter on Wednesday 9/29/2010 to his 3.3 million followers.
The tweet was written while America learns more about the tragic death of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi. Clementi’s body was found in the Hudson River. The New York City medical examiner confirmed Clementi committed suicide. Clementi’s suicide followed gross invasions of his privacy by his roommate Dharun Ravi and fellow student Molly Wei. Both Ravi and Wei have been charged with invading Clementi’s privacy. According to prosecutors Ravi and Wei used a web cam to broadcast Clementi and another young man engaging in romantic conduct without Clementi’s knowledge. Currently, it is believed that Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge because of harassment he received after his romantic encounter was broadcast on iChat.
It is unclear if 50 Cent was making light of the death of Tyler Clementi, responding to news coverage of recent LGBT youth suicides or simply tweeting without thinking. 50 Cent attempted to clarify his pro-suicide statement with a subsequent series of equally eloquent tweets.
In his follow-up tweets we learn that 50 Cent believes he is not anti-gay. As proof he awkwardly pointed out that he has “publicly stated my mom loved women.” Additionally, he claimed “I have nothing against people who choose and [sic] alternative lifestyle.” However, this is not 50 Cent’s first time making extremely homophobic comments.
In 2004 50 Cent explained to Playboy Magazine that “women who like women” are “cool” but, “I ain’t into fa–ots.” He continued by saying: “I don’t like gay people around me, because I’m not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I’m not prejudiced. I just don’t go with gay people and kick it — we don’t have that much in common. I’d rather hang out with a straight dude.”
In 2005 he infamously explained why rap and gay do not mix: “Being gay isn’t cool – it’s not what the music is based on. There’s always been conflict at the centre of hip-hop, because it’s all about which guy has the competitive edge, and you can’t be that aggressive if you’re gay.”
Additionally, GLAAD recently called for 50 Cent to retract an anti-gay tweet that he posted on 9/9/2010 which read: “Perez Hilton called me a douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. Wasn’t his but still made me feel better.” The tweet was eventually removed from the rapper’s Twitter account.
Ultimately, 50 Cent merely dismissed the anti-gay controversy and never explained why suicide made him “lol.” Regardless, 50 Cent’s jovial promotion of suicide is unforgivable and his timing is disgusting. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2007. 50 Cent has made a living spewing hate to exploited beats; however, his use of celebrity to trivialize suicide should not be tolerated.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler Clementi’s family and friends.
If you (or someone you know) are having suicidal thoughts and need immediate help please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). All calls are safe and confidential!