In a recent interview given to Playboy magazine, 50 Cent expressed his views about homosexuality:
“I ain’t into faggots. 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.”
Some people may have been shocked by his statements, but I think he deserves respect for being honest. 50 Cent doesnt feel comfortable in front gay people, and thus, doesnt want to hang out with them. There is nothing degrading nor gay bashing in what he said. There is absolutely nothing to be shocked about: 50 Cent has the right not to go with homosexual men. It is his choice.
As he pointed it out, 50 Cent has been honest speaking his mind:
“It’s OK to write that I’m prejudiced.This is as honest as I could possibly be with you. When people become celebrities they change the way they speak. But my conversation with you is exactly the way I would have a conversation on the street. We refer to gay people as faggots, as homos. It could be disrespectful, but that’s the facts.”
The GLAAD approved 50 Cents honesty, but people of this organisation still have problems with his use of the word faggot. GLAAD’s People of Color Media Manager C. Riley Snorton said:
“We applaud his honesty in talking about the murder of his bisexual mother and appreciate his acknowledgment that he is not comfortable with gay people. We know that confronting homophobia can indeed be uncomfortable. A good way to start would be to attend GLAAD’s annual media awards. I’d like to invite 50 Cent as my personal guest.”
The GLAAD said: “it can be dangerous to use words like ‘faggot’ and ‘homo’ when talking about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.”I wish the GLAAD stopped with its susceptibility about the use of the word faggot. The organisation still has problems with it.
The GLAAD should seriously grow up.
In 2001, the Glaad has protested against Eminem, turning him into a symbol of homophobia as if Eminem was the first rapper to use faggot in his lyrics. As Eminem pointed it out, the word faggot in his lyrics means sissy. The song Criminal, where the word gets used with the meaning gay, is obviously a reaction against the Glaads accusation of homophobia.
People of the GLAAD dont seem to know the world of hip hop very well. It is so common to use words such as faggot or dyke in hip hop lyrics. Scholly D did it long before Eminem and 50 Cent in Saturday Night:
“…and I thought it was
a gag, when I thought it was a girl, it was nothing but a fag”
NWA has also used similar words like dyke in Gangsta Gangsta:
“Dumb ass hooker ain’t nuttin’ but a dyke”
50 Cent, whose own mom used to be bisexual, cannot be targetted as homophobic. It would be a real mistake to do so.
People from the Glaad should stop taing each word of rap lyric literally. That would certainly help to push things forward.