From The Grio — By Imani J. Walker I had no idea what I had stumbled upon Wednesday night when I saw a tweet by rapper 50 Cent extolling the greatness of receiving oral pleasures to his nether regions. I initially dismissed it as a celebrity attempting to garner attention and/or to shock his followers. However, after reading the train-of-thought that led to that tweet I realized something far more significant was at play.
Apparently, 50 Cent tweeted “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol” from his public Twitter account which is followed by nearly 3.4 million people. The tweet has created a stir on a number of blogs, some referring to it as homophobic.
This is not the first time the rapper has gotten into trouble over oral sex. He was reportedly part of an investigation last year after a woman claimed she had been assaulted by one of his G-Unit employees and another woman after denying 50’s employee oral sex at his Farmington, Connecticut home (the same home that coincidentally was owned by Mike Tyson several years ago).
Superficially, his tweet is not a big deal, you may say. 50 Cent was likely speaking to heterosexual males and to his credit those “over 25.” However, the danger in only seeing it as such neglects to take into consideration those of his younger and more impressionable followers. 50’s laissez faire attitude (see this tweet) does not take into account the teens and adolescents–those who by definition are under 25–who are not emotionally mature to deal with most of what comes their way. The teen years are fraught with hormonal fluctuations, drastic changes to the physical body, and emerging questions about sexuality that we have all endured.
On Thursday the tragic story of Tyler Clementi received national media attention. The Rutgers University student committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after having a sexual encounter he had with a man clandestinely broadcast over the internet by his roommate. Twice. While we can never know for sure, his decision to end his life was probably tied to being outed as a gay male. A stigma that, some would argue, 50 Cent’s tweet reinforced.