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50 Cent Offered Invitation To Gay & Lesbian Award Show

After making anti-homosexual remarks in an April

interview with Playboy magazine that raised eyebrows, rapper 50 Cent is being

offered an invitation to attend The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s

(GLAAD) 15th Annual Media Awards.

"I ain’t into faggots," 50 Cent told

Playboy in the most recent issue. "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,"

he said.

50, who’s mother was bi-sexual, said that he

was just being honest when speaking on his views of homosexuality.

"It’s OK to write that I’m prejudiced,"

the rapper later said. "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 faggots, as homos. It could be disrespectful, but that’s the

facts."

Yesterday, GLAAD applauded 50 Cent’s honesty

in the interview.

"We applaud his honesty in talking about

the murder of his bisexual mother and appreciate his acknowledgment that he

is not comfortable with gay people. We know that confronting homophobia can

indeed be uncomfortable," said GLAAD’s People of Color Media Manager C.

Riley Snorton. "A good way to start would be to attend GLAAD’s annual media

awards. I’d like to invite 50 Cent as my personal guest."

GLAAD did express concern over the verbiage of

50 Cent’s comments. The organization said "it can be dangerous to use words

like ‘faggot’ and ‘homo’ when talking about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and

transgender (LGBT) community."

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