Rapper 50 Cent: ’I Don’t Have Homophobia. I Never Did’
Rapper 50 Cent opened up about his feelings on the LGBT community in a new interview with TheWrap, claiming that he has never been homophobic despite using anti-gay slurs in his music.
"I don't have homophobia. I never did," 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, told TheWrap. The rapper has come under fire in the past, however, for dropping the word "faggot" in his lyrics.
"I would use the terminology that would be going around," he continued. "My grandfather may say terms -- people may actually say terms based on their experiences that were happening at that point. ... You've got people that would call some people a redneck, or some people n-----. It's the term of that time or that period. They're not necessarily racist, but they've heard those terms used around them, and they use them."
He also opened up about his mother being a lesbian. He told TheWrap he supported his mother's same-sex relationship during a time when society condemned the LGBT community.
Fifty also spoke with TheWire about his new role in "Dream School," a six-part unscripted series that will air on the Sundance Channel on Oct. 7. According to the Indie Wire, the program was created by chef Jamie Oliver and it was exclusively produced by 50 Cent. "Dream School" centers around troubled teens who are mentored by stars, including David Arquette, Oliver Stone and Swizz Beatz. One of the people featured on the series is a transgender teen named Alan.
The rapper posted a part of Alan's story on his own website:
"I started realizing that I felt different when I was in middle school, when I was hitting puberty," Alan says, according to a transcript posted on 50 Cent's website. "I would bind my chest down and try to pass as a boy. That was because I felt like a guy and I wanted people to see me as a guy. I got good grades. I was on honor roll. And once the bullying started that all stopped. I didn't want to go to school. I can't remember the last time I went to school. I honestly can't say that I feel safe in school."
Though he says he’s not homophobic, the rapper has come under fire for spewing anti-gay rhetoric, according to the Huffington Post.
"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," he tweeted in 2010. "We need organizations for straight men in case you’ve been on the elevator and somebody decides they want to grab your little buns."
As HuffPo notes, the tweet was made during a time when LGBT suicide were making headlines.
While a number of rappers have used anti-gay slurs in their raps, there seems to be a sea change occurring in the rap community regarding gay rights. When President Barack Obama was running for president in 2012, a number of rappers and R&B stars came out in support of him, noting his views on marriage equality. 50 Cent was one of those rappers.
"I think everyone should be happy. I think only a fool is really going to go against same sex marriage at this point," Fifty told Vibe Magazine. "Look how long it took [Obama] to say he was for same-sex marriages. You understand? I’m up for it. If everyone is for it, then hey, to each his own. I don’t have strong personal feelings towards it because I’m not involved in that lifestyle, but I want people to be happy. It just makes everything better."
Additionally, in 2012, according to Global Grind, 50 Cent gave an interview on the radio show the Funkmaster Flex Show and once again praised Obama for coming out for same-sex marriage and endorsed it himself, though he did say:
"Technically, I don’t see where it fits into any religion. The Bible that they would read to marry you, it doesn’t have anything in it that says same-sex. If it does, then I would like someone to point out that interpretation."
The rapper also revealed that he has participated in some same-sex "activities," but didn’t specify what those actives were.
"I’ve encouraged same-sex activities. I’ve engaged in fetish areas a couple times. I’m for it."