Someone needs to tell the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) that 50 Cent isn’t worth the time it takes to call out his bigotry. And he certainly doesn’t deserve the effort required to launch a full-fledged campaign against him.
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, 50 Cent took to Twitter last week and, in an angry tirade against Perez Hilton, dissed the entire LGBT crowd. He wrote: “Perez Hilton called me douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better. ” After this Tweet about women, he was already heading to the top of my list of “People I’d Like To Meet … And Knock Out,” and after this one, he took the #1 slot. His kind of hatred is indefensible, disgusting and just plain horrendous. Fiddy is promoting violence against the gay community, as evidenced by the picture of two gay men running away from an angry mob that accompanied this tweet. Worse still, his grammar sucks and it’s obvious he needs to go back to school to learn some respect and get command of the English language.
But still, I wasn’t surprised to see that awful tweet. I was however shocked that, in response, GLAAD called on readers to Tweet back against Fiddy, joining the fray. A huge organization that has taken on media outlets like The New York Times, officials at GLAAD are calling for 50 Cent to apologize.
Excuse me for being blunt but I think they should find something better to do than call out celebrities for gross behavior, something they did several times this week. Here’s why:
- Very few people would have known about this bigoted tweet if GLAAD hadn’t publicized it. I follow LGBT news pretty closely and I didn’t hear anything until I started seeing info about GLAAD’s campaign all over the place. Now, tons of people are aware of what happened and I guarantee that many of the rapper’s fans think it’s totally hilarious.
- The dude is a lost cause. In a 2004 interview with Playboy, he said, “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. But women who like women, that’s cool.” I doubt 50 Cent, who has been homophobic for years, is going to change his mind because of something GLAAD says.
- This is beneath GLAAD. A huge and amazing organization with lots of power, officials at GLAAD deal with big business, lawsuits, influential media and, well, real issues. A washed-up rapper’s ridiculous opinion is not worth anyone’s time.
- Asking 50 to apologize is counterproductive. By calling for his apology, GLAAD is setting the rapper up for forgiveness, which he doesn’t deserve. We know he’s a bigot as he has repeatedly talked smack about homosexuals in the past and, therefore, I don’t want his apology. Try to stop spewing hate in the first place, dude.
- GLAAD isn’t changing anyone’s mind. 50′s fans either don’t care about his opinions because they like his music or they agree with what he said. The rest of us never liked him anyway.
- This kind of thing is a waste of resources. I don’t think 50 Cent really qualifies as media that anybody gives a darn about. Who cares what he says on his Twitter? People who listen to his insane tirades are a lost cause. There are bigger fish to fry, like this week’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” controversy surrounding the lesbian who has just been booted from the armed forces.
- GLAAD’s wording is all wrong. On their website, advocates call 50 Cent’s Tweet a joke and say that everyone should tell him “anti-gay violence isn’t something to joke about.” I think he wrote that Tweet out of some crazy, misplaced anger and I doubt very much he was laughing. To me, it reads more like a threat.
I sometimes think important organizations like GLAAD make the mistake of demeaning themselves by getting caught up in silly he-said-she-said fights. It seems that hardly a week goes by where I don’t see GLAAD calling for some celeb to apologize or pointing out an anti-gay rant. Publicizing individuals’ craziness is useless and only brings attention to opinions that should be disregarded. GLAAD has enough power to influence policy and enough sway to get bigger media outlets to change their policies. So, GLAAD, get off the computer and do something worthwhile! No one cares about, or takes seriously, what C-list celebs are saying on Twitter.