50 Cent Says He's Not Homophobic; Offers Support To Transgender Teen
(AllHipHop News) After Hot 97 DJ Mr. Cee's public announcement last month that he has engaged in sexual acts with transsexuals, the topic of homosexuality and gender identity became a major topic in the rap community. One fellow Hip Hop star has decided to help one transsexual teen with the new Sundance Channel six-part unscripted show Dream School.
50 Cent is an executive producer of the show that recruits celebrities to provide guidance to teenagers who have either been expelled or have dropped out of school. The "In Da Club" rapper is giving his full backing to one of the featured students, a transgender boy named Alan. During his episode, Alan, born female, shares his ordeals of being bullied in school and his own mother not visiting him while he was hospitalized.
While 50 has been accused of being insensitive to the LGBT community in the past, the mogul says that he never had any issues with gay and transgender people.
"I don't have homophobia. I never did," 50 told The Wrap.
The Queens emcee goes on to explain why some of his past lyrics like "you that f****t ass n***a trying to pull me back" were not evidence that he was homophobic and only reflected the language that he heard in his environment.
"I would use the terminology that would be going around," said 50. "You've got people that would call some people a redneck, or some people n***a. It's the term of that time or that period. They’re not necessarily racist, but they've heard those terms used around them, and they use them."
50 also points to the fact that he has rapped about his mother, who he calls the most important thing in his life, kissing other women and that shows he does not have any problems with homosexuality.
Speaking on Dream School, 50 has said, "the importance of Dream School is monumental. Helping to inspire these students to reach their potential is personally gratifying.”
Dream School debuts October 7th at 10 pm on the Sundance Channel.