Rapper 50 Cent made a joke about violence against gays in his Twitter feed on September 6, in response to an insult made by Perez Hilton.
“Perez Hilton calld me douchebag 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.
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.
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!
This isn’t the first time 50 Cent has made remarks that have offended the LGBT community. 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 about 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."
Making light of violence against LGBT people in a time when violent hate crimes are still regularly perpetrated against our community is not only deeply offensive, but also potentially inflammatory.