Rapper 50 Cent, who is no stranger to controversy himself, told CNN this week that he’d use the word “faggot” all day.
His reasoning, “It’s like bad meaning good. The same way they use Nigger.”
While 50 Cent has no problem hurling the “F” and “N” words, I bet he wouldn’t use a derogatory term to describe Jews, no matter what the context because he isn’t that stupid. But when it comes to his own people, he, like so many others, have no problem using racially and sexually offensive language.
50 Cent and other brothers and sisters who suffer from this backward ass thinking that it’s ok to use a word because the intent is different will be the reason why our children (notice I said our children because other races don’t condone the use of words like bitch, ho, and etc. as acceptable language under any circumstances) will grow up thinking that it’s ok to use these words amongst each other and out in the real world.
Working in Compton right near a high school, every day around 3 p.m. I am inundated with the nasty mouths of students walking past our office.
One day while my colleague and I were talking, a group of young girls were talking loudly outside our office when we heard one of the girls shout, “Hey ho, come here. You better get used to answering to ho because that’s what you are.”
Can you imagine someone addressing you as a ho and telling you that you better get used to answering to that name?
That’s the real world affects of words like 50 Cent's and the power and influence that rappers and others have over our children.
Now 50 Cent believes that the intent means everything when using a word like the “F” word. But I want to know who does he think he’s fooling? It’s a widely known fact that the “F” word is used as a derogatory term amongst Black men and can sometimes be fighting words. You don’t hook up with your boy and say “Hey faggot.” No, you call your boy the “F” word when you’re trying to clown him.
Let’s not forget the Busta Rhymes incident in Miami where he said to his bodyguard, after being accosted by who he assumed was a gay fan, “'I hate fucking faggots, man.”
What do you suppose was the intent there?
And then what about his use of the “F” word in the remix of remix of rapper Busta Rhymes’ hit single “Touch It?” Busta clearly says “Fuck you faggot, I shot at you!”
Now at the end of the day 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, and other rappers are only following the money. The more derogatory and hateful they are with their lyrics, the happier the executives get because they know it sells and it sells fast. So in affect, while it is the artists themselves who are to blame for using the language, it’s also a clear indication as to what type of society we are promoting.
50 Cent's explanation of why it’s ok to use derogatory terms is both as ridiculous and embarrassing as it is dangerous. But not that he cares. He doesn’t have to live with the affects of his words anymore now that he’s made it and moved out of the neighborhood, but we still do.