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posted Friday, September 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 38
50 Cent's homophobic tweets and closeted rappers
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50 Cent's homophobic tweets and closeted rappers

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is not too happy about rapper 50 Cent's recent tweets about Perez Hilton. After signing up to the social networking site a few weeks ago, the rapper has become one of the most popular tweeters - but for all the wrong reasons.

50 Cent was reportedly banned from posting photos after he uploaded some X-rated pictures, and now he's angered GLAAD for tweeting a distasteful joke about Perez Hilton.

On September 6, 50 Cent posted a picture of two suited men running away from a screaming mob, with the caption: "Perez Hilton called me a douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a Gay wedding. Wasn't his but still made me feel better."

GLAAD has since urged their followers to tweet 50 Cent and make him apologize. Their message read: "Tell 50 Cent to let his fans know that anti-Gay violence isn't something to joke about."

50 Cent has deleted the message and tweeted Perez, saying, "Stop being so sensitive it's a joke. You're acting like a big baby," and "My next song will make your sweet ass dance. Lol. Chill Out."

GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro said, "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."

So what's the big deal? Well, 50 Cent has over 3 million followers, for one. Using Twitter as a platform to spew hate could be very damaging to the LGBT community. Other than the obvious fact that the joke is in no way funny, 50 Cent is playing into a growing sentiment that most rap and hip-hop stars are homophobic.

But not all rappers feel the same as 50 Cent. In fact, Nicki Minaj, a rapper known for her sexy music videos and sexually explicit lyrics, recently told OUT magazine that she thinks many artists in the rap and hip-hop industry are secretly Gay.

"I think there have been many Gay rappers, they just haven't come out of the closet," Minaj, who was recently nominated for Best New Artist at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, told OUT. "Yup, lots of them. They're lurking around the industry now."

Minaj admitted that a majority of men in hip-hop would "lose credibility" if they came out, and that it's easier for a female artist to "think girls are dope and sexy."

Minaj has a large Gay following, but has not confirmed her sexual orientation publicly.

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