50 Cent Isn’t Petty; He’s A Case Study In Misogynoir
And he’s consistently rewarded for it.
Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, has come a long way from popping bottles "in da club." A Queens, NY, native, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur has proven his business acumen while making deals with companies like Coco-Cola, which reportedly acquired his Vitamin Water for $4.1 billion, and premium cable network Starz, which is home of his widely popular show Power. You’d think with 50's many ventures and checks he’d be happy — or at least busy. Instead, it seems as though he would rather spend his days attacking people on social media for an audience of bystanders who enjoys in indulging in how petty he is. However, 50 Cent's issue is bigger than basic pettiness. He’s a case study in misogynoir, and he's consistently rewarded for it.
Recently, daytime talk show host and gossip queen extraordinaire Wendy Williams made a very brave admission that she was living in a sober house while dealing with her ongoing struggles with addiction.
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When 50 Cent gave his two cents on the matter, he didn't exactly wish her well. On March 29, an Instagram post featuring unflattering shots of Williams was shared via the rapper's account. "I knew something was up with this b*tch, it was the drugs. She better not talk about me, then go to the rehab every day Crack Head," the caption of the now-deleted post said.
To be fair, decades of spilling tea hasn't won Williams any popularity contests within the entertainment industry. Still, because she is a self-made woman and industry legend — and also just another human being — you'd think someone who is also her peer in fame would have more compassion and couth than to publicly mock her addiction while also calling her a b***h. One might expect that from a Soundcloud rapper or Love & Hip Hop reality star, but not a business tycoon who doubles as an executive producer for Starz.
50 Cent's move to kick Williams while she's down comes on the heels of his harassment campaign against Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star Teairra Mari. In May 2018, Mari filed a lawsuit against Mr. Cent after he reportedly shared screenshots on his Instagram taken from a sex tape that qualified as revenge porn, as the video was allegedly leaked by Mari's scorned ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately the court's decision did not rule in Mari's favor, as the presiding judge not only dismissed all the claims against 50 Cent, but also ordered Mari to pay the rapper $30,000 as partial coverage for his legal expenses.
Though you'd think 50 Cent would be content to just take the win and move on, instead, he's continued to hound Mari in the most indecent ways ever since. From posting video footage of her being served to gloating via half-hearted threats about having all her earnings sent directly to him, it appears as though 50 Cent is willing to go above and beyond in order to perpetuate Mari's public humiliation.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, the "In Da Club" rapper even attempted to appeal to Mari's boss and executive producer of the Love & Hip Hop franchise Mona Scott-Young.
"Hey @monascottyoung this lil b***h @misstmariii better give me my money. She Saying she need a advance give me a call lady, looking good," he reportedly wrote, according to Hip-Hop Wired.
On April 8, he posted an image with the words "come dumpster" imposed over Mari's lips, in a retaliatory response to Mari's new song, "I Ain't Got It," which was released the previous day. In Mari's surprisingly infectious ballad, she details how she does not - in fact- have the money to pay him.
I think it's worth mentioning that this isn't the first time 50's found himself entangled in sex tape-related legal troubles. Back in 2015, Lastonia Leviston was awarded $7 million after 50 Cent was accused of uploading a stolen sex tape to his website, featuring then-nemesis Rick Ross' intimate moments with Leviston. Adding insult to injury, 50 Cent also reportedly edited the video to include voiceover narration of himself mocking and body shaming Leviston. Ironically, 50 swiftly filed for bankruptcy soon after the judge's ruling, which many speculate was done in an effort to avoid paying the Levinston in a timely fashion.
How has 50 Cent been allowed to dabble in the art of sex-tape leaking, yet still score an invite to sip champagne with white folk-woke darling Stephen Colbert?
Let's not forget this is the same man who — because of his own strained relationship with the child's mother — had zero qualms about inciting a public, one-sided online feud with his first-born son. After discovering a photo of his son Marquise posing with one of his rivals, 50 left a cold-blooded Instagram comment, underscoring his disdain for his own child.
“If both these little n****s got hit by a bus, I wouldn’t have a bad day,” the rapper wrote, according to People.
To have such an explosive reaction over something as trifling as a photo on Instagram — which 21-year-old Marquise wasn't even responsible for posting in the first place — speaks volumes of the rapper's moral compass. Although 50's justification for making this statement didn't directly implicate his acrimonious relationship with ex-girlfriend and Marquise's mother Shaniqua Tompkins as the driving motivation behind the comment, it's not so far fetched to think that the soured condition of his relationship Tomkins had some bearing on his brazen impulse to basically wish death upon his son. However, 50 Cent's total lack of respect for others hasn't appeared to compromise his hustle at all. Even ABC Studios, a network with a reputation for producing quality, family-friendly content, is still chomping at the bit to work with him.
In the era of #MeToo, where people constantly make false equivalencies that I'd paraphrase as, "Now if this Black man was white, he wouldn't rightfully be held responsible for his trash behavior toward women — the injustice," Jackson's continued success poses an alt universe version of that, if 50 Cent were a white man, one would have to question if he would be able to verbally harass, degrade and demean his (white) female counterparts, while still raking in corporate endorsements and publicity. 50 Cent's cyberbullying and harassment is overlooked, and thus encouraged, specifically because he's attacking Black women — a population that he and his endorsers seem to care nothing about.
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