50 Cent

50 Cent

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50 Cent is the stage name of rapper, producer and actor Curtis James Jackson III. Online, he has been involved in a number of controversies, many of which stem from content posted on his Instagram page.


In 1998, Jackson began his rap career with his first appearance on the track "React" by Onyx. In 1999, Jackson released his debut single "How to Rob." In 2002, Jackson received a $1 million record deal from Dr. Dre. On February 6th, 2003, Jackson's debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin' was released by Aftermath Entertainment. Over the next 13 years, Jackson released five additional albums, including The Massacre (2005), Curtis (2007), Before I Self Destruct (2009), Animal Ambition (2014) and Street King Immortal (2016).

Online History

In December 2008, Jackson created the @50cent[5] Twitter account, which received more than 8.26 million followers within eight years. On February 9th, 2012, Jackson launched the @50cent[4] Instagram feed, gathering upwards of 9.9 million followers over the next five years. In August 2014, Jackson posted an ice bucket challenge video, in which he challenges boxer Floyd Mayweather to read one full page of a Harry Potter book. That month, he posted another video in which he challenged Mayweather to read The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. Later that month, Jackson posted several other videos directed at Floyd Mayweather (shown below).

Operation 50black

In June 2011, an Anonymous operation was launched against Jackson to vote down the music video for his song "Outlaw" on YouTube and leave comments referencing fellow rapper Ja Rule. The goal of the operation was to "make 50 Cent the new Rebecca Black".



Autism Tweets

On July 3rd, 2012, Twitter user yung_raditz sent American rapper 50 Cent a tweet reading “@50cent Release the album or get shot again”. 50 Cent responded to this tweet by saying, “yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic”, which was later followed by “I don’t want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else”. These tweets caused a controversy for various people, resulting in numerous angry replies. Afterwards 50 Cent apologized for the tweets, even noting “…i was in special ed…”.

21h 50cent @50cent just kidding about da special ed kids man, i was in special ed day said i had anger issues lol Expand 21h 50cent @50cent i dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else #SMSaudio Expand 21h 50cent @50cent yeah i just saw your picture fool you look autistic #SMSaudio RT @yung_raditz @50cent Release the album or get shot again View conversation

Feud with Meek Mill

In January 2016, rapper Meek Mill released the track "Gave Em Hope," which contained lyrics that many interpreted were attacking Jackson.

"I got 50 reasons say you're taking dick / And it's 50 reasons I should kill, nigga."

That month, Jackson and Mill posted several images on Instagram insulting one another, including various image macros and photoshopped pictures (shown below).

50cent。. 3 months ago + Follow LMAO Hey s--- head, your career is over alreadyyou better focus on getting Nikki pregnant so you can at least get child support girl. e new meek emoji lol nstagram 214.8k likes . 55.2k comments meekmill。. 3 months ago +Follow Bi U pop s--- on social media 24/7 U never in the places everybody b at... The whole queens say you a rat... Ross baby mom hit you for that check you sick .Ross finished you "career over? How dare you speak on that?All you artist that came under you broke ya son hate you smfh! Ya swag on below "O" lol hold up.Ualways hating on puff and Hov other go getters from ya city. U going broke and you miserable. ..elymiserable bro... You like 40 on the internet all daMayweather ain't got tickets for you nomore Ya liquor is piss... U really miserable and don't really have friends .. You scared to play the mixes everybody b at! U never played with me in person because u know how we rocking lol I'm done wit you.. This my last insta-fingers post for a min lol Norm Kelly hold uYoung black dude that came from nothing vs old white racist man from Toronto.. I got more money than you already? You took the real "L in life champ! Oh fif all y'all dudes do is talk about Nicki. This just my real life my fault for snapping on y'all weirdos! Hov gave you a half of bar bro ski.. I bet any amount of money queens would trade me for you! "You the one made it cool to b a hater" I'm out Sincerely instafingers @iamdiddy @ceoslow stop letting this dork play around He already been shot 9 times lol he like a vegetable or something.irvgotti187 can you clarify that he told on y'all? We need answers! Instagnam 153.5k likes @ 54.2k comments 50cent。. 3 months ago +Follow HEN YOU'VE LOST EVERY RA BEEF YOU'VE EVER BEEN IN SECSPECTACULAR LMAO, you made a big mistake S--- Heade #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO Instagham 170.7k likes . 127k comments

Harassment Video

In May 2016, Jackson posted a video to Instagram, in which he is shown filming a young airport employee while accusing him of being high at work (shown below). The video was subsequently deleted, but was reuploaded by YouTuber JahBwoy on May 1st (shown below). The following day, Redditor mindmerciful submitted the video to the /r/videos[2] subreddit in a post titled "50 Cent is an asshole." Within 24 hours, the video gathered upwards of 1.34 million views and the Reddit post received more than 5,900 votes (88% upvoted).

The following day, the news station Fox 19 aired a segment on the incident, identifying the man in the video as Andrew Farrell, an airport janitor with Asperger's syndrome (shown below). The segment was subsequently posted on the /r/videos[3] subreddit, where it gained over 3,100 votes (87% upvoted) and 580 comments.

On May 3rd, TMZ[7] reported that Farrell's family had hired a lawyer to possibly sue Jackson over the video, saying they would "forget the whole thing" if Jackson donated $1 million to their GoFundMe page and apologized in person.


On May 5th, Jackson issued a public apology for his conduct via Twitter[13] and his website, along with a personal letter addressed to Andrew Farrell and his family in complying with their request. According to the brief statement posted on his website ThisIs50.com[12], Jackson expressed his wish to "turn this misunderstanding into an understanding" and announced that he has donated $100,000 to the autism advocacy group Autism Speaks, while calling on his "fellow musicians, actors, entertainers and all others who may not have fully considered this cause to join together to help in any way they can." In another statement released through New York Post's Page Six[9], Jackson explained:

"While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man. […] It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family."

In response to Jackson's apology, the Farrells also released a statement[10] in which they accepted the rapper's apology:

"As requested we have received a letter apologising for 50 Cent's behaviour and we have chosen to accept it, along with a request that a donation be made to Autism Speaks. Though a letter of apology will not undo what 50 Cent has put our family through, we are choosing to forgive. A great lesson can be learned from this heartbreaking situation. Regardless of the way that another person appears to you, it is never OK to publicly humiliate them via social media."

50 Cent Drive By

50 Cent Drive By refers to a series of animated GIFs and video clips in which Jackson is shown staring at someone in bewilderment, before smirking in a condescending manner and driving away.

Personal Life

Jackson was born on July 6th, 1975 in Queens, New York. At the age of 12, Jackson began selling illicit drugs and purchasing firearms for protection. In 2000, Jackson was shot in the hand, arm, hip, legs, chest and cheek outside his grandmother's house in Queens, New York.

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Astatine, Resident Hijab Enthusiast
Astatine, Resident Hijab Enthusiast

>Farrell’s family had hired a lawyer to possibly sue Jackson over the video, saying they would “forget the whole thing” if Jackson donated $1 million to their GoFundMe page and apologized in person.

I’m not defending 17,500,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars here, but these guys are being ridiculous. He owes you an apology and a removal of the video, and that’s about it. Don’t try to milk money out of a celebrity (former or otherwise) just because you see the opportunity. People see what you’re doing. People know what you’re doing.

EDIT: Now, what could also be happening is that TMZ is just making up news.

…well, the heck with them for that.


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