50 Cent has been making waves on television for some time now, graduating from a multi-platinum rapper and record label owner. The entrepreneur served as the executive producer and one of the stars of Power, a hit for the Starz network, as well as its sequel Power Book II: Ghost. He’s also developed shows such as 50 Central, a short-lived sketch comedy show on BET in 2017, and the current legal drama on ABC For Life.
Power Book II: Ghost has been receiving favorable reviews on social media as week after week, fans have been tuning in to see the continuation of Tariq and Tasha’s story after the death of James “Ghost” St. Patrick. The show also introduced new characters played by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, as well as newcomer Lovell Adams-Gray who plays the role of Dru Tejada.
One of the most talked-about scenes of the season thus far is the moment in which Adams-Gray’s character Dru is revealed to be homosexual. After being instructed by Blige’s character Monet to tail Tariq in the hopes to gain information on him, he quickly loses focus when he is paired with an overly friendly basketball player in Tariq’s class, and their energy surpasses “friendly” and quickly transitions to flirtatious. The two end up back in the basketball player’s room and end up in a steamy scene.
The scene shocked many viewers and became a topic of conversation on social media. 50 Cent shared a screenshot of one of his personal critics, Snoop Dogg, with the gay scene on a television set in what looks like Uncle Snoop’s room. He captained the upload saying, “@snoopdogg must didn’t like the last episode he sent me this LOL I can hear him now, da f— you doing to my show nephew!” In an effort to explain himself, Uncle Snoop responded to the post with a comment of his own. “Threw me for a loop,” he wrote in the comment section. “First lil murder now this s**t the season is a masterpiece again as usual. Drew [Dru] ya daddy bet not find out.”
Many praised the show’s creators for including LGBTQ+ characters into the show’s storyline, however, some found fault in it. In the heat of conversations surrounding the show, a resurfaced interview the Get Rich Or Die Trying rapper had in an August interview with Variety where he berated cancel culture, claiming that all it boils down to is “saying something about someone who chooses something different”.
What really stood out in the interview is his comment that cancel culture’s biggest target is “heterosexual men in general”, saying that “inferior” demographics are now “more superior” than “heterosexual males… because we have no organization.”
He spoke on it being unfair for entertainers that receive backlash for what they do. “I’m an entertainer, so to entertain is, I believe, to provoke emotion,” he said, also adding, “They gotta go to jail to get canceled, they gotta sh**t a girl,” seemingly taking a shot at Tory Lanez, who’s currently being accused of allegedly shooting Megan Thee Stallion in her feet.
“You gotta do something extremely bad to be canceled, and I think it’s so unfair to the people that are,” he added. Despite his claims, however, the rapper doesn’t seem to be phased at all concerning his career. “I don’t believe I can be canceled,” he boldly expresses.