The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has mounted a campaign against controversial rapper 50 Cent after the star hurled anti-gay messages via his Twitter account last week.
It all started when the “In Da Club” hitmaker — who has attracted a barrage of native attention in recent weeks for his seemingly insensitive Tweets, including one about an “ugly” flight attendant — began feuding with openly-gay celeb-gawker Perez Hilton over the web last week.
“Perez hilton calld me d*****bag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better,” 50 Tweeted this week. His Tweet also included a photo of two men running from a mob of angry people.
50 Cent also Tweeted Hilton: “stop being so sensitive its a joke. Your acting like a big baby” and, “my next song will make your sweet ass dance lol chill out.”
GLAAD was incensed by the star’s lack empathy and released a statement slamming 50.
“Instead of keeping his dispute with Perez Hilton ‘mano a mano,’ rapper 50 Cent decided to take his frustration with the blogger out on all gay people. GLAAD calls on 50 Cent to let his fans know that anti-gay violence isn’t something to joke about,” said GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro. “It’s wrong to make jokes and promote violence against the gay community. Taking down the post is not enough. We wanted him to tell his Twitter followers that what he did was wrong.”
The LGBT advocacy group also instructed others to Tweet to call the hip-hopster — whose real name Curtis Jackson — out on his homophobia. “On Twitter? Please post this tweet to your twitter page to let 50 Cent know your thoughts: RT @glaad: Tell @50cent to let his fans know that anti-gay violence isn’t something to joke about. http://bit.ly/ab6rXV #LGBT #gay Pls RT!”
Never one to mince words, 50 promptly issued a reply on Twitter: “Now the Pink suit mafia is making threats! F*** dat I ain’t never scared,” followed by another anti-gay photo.