50 tweeted the following: “Perez Hilton calld me d—–bag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better. “
The tweet was accompanied by a photo of two men in suits running from an angry mob.
Perez Hilton responded on Twitter with the equally vitriolic but less biased remark.
Now the gay and lesbian community hopes to go after the rapper, not by having their homies shoot up anyone, but by attacking him on Twitter. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is calling on community members and allies to tweet back at 50 Cent asking folks to tweet:
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!
The rapper has since deleted the Tweet but it still appears in his Twitpic feed.
“Today gay and transgender children are being bullied in schools and many gay and transgender adults are afraid to live openly because of the threat of violence that jokes like this promote. 50 Cent should do the right thing and tell his fans that anti-gay violence is not funny,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said.
In a 2004 interview with Playboy magazine, the rapper 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.”
50 Cent also revealed his mother had been bisexual in the same interview, and added to his earlier statements.
“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 f–ts, as h–os. It could be disrespectful, but that’s the facts.”