50 Cent to Write Anti-Bullying Young Adult Novel

Written by John Christian, a Campus Progress blogger.

Mid-2000s pop-rap star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson announced that he will author a young-adult novel with an anti-bullying message, to be released by Penguin Young Readers.

The anti-bullying message of the planned work, which will be titled “Playground,” is surprising in light of Jackson’s career history. Not only has the rapper consistently mocked other artists, but he remains unrepentant for encouraging violence against gays in public messages to his fans.

Jackson has pushed his homophobia beyond the slurs he uses to refer to gays in his lyrics. Weeks after joking on Twitter about hiring a gunman to interrupt a gay wedding, Jackson responded to the rash of suicides by bullied gay youth last September with a Tweet encouraging gay men to kill themselves. “The world will be a better place,” he wrote.

“I ain’t into faggots,” he said during an interview with Playboy in 2004. “I don’t like gay people around me, because I’m not comfortable with what their thoughts are.”

“Playground” marks an opportunity for the increasingly irrelevant Jackson to make good with the gay community. In a best-case scenario, he could use the novel and what’s left of his hip hop credibility to discourage homophobic bullying, in addition to all other kinds. But if the tone of “Playground” is anything like the tawdry, self-helpy drivel of labelmate Eminem’s film debut “8 Mile,” sincerity won’t run deep.

This post was originally published by Campus Progress.

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Emma S.
Emma S.4 years ago

50, as no one calls him, is probably very confused!

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago

I don't trust him!

Lynda A.
Lynda Maycock4 years ago

he's doin sumthin good

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Who knows if he is sincere....money talks and bullying walks.

Tom Y.
Tom Y.4 years ago

I'll take him at his word -- at least until his finished manuscript comes out. Then we'll know for sure how serious his intent is. It's not improbable that he was a target of bullies himself at a young, scared age. Hence his professional posture now. It's conceivable he could help someone else, if he gets beyond his own image.

Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

Good idea. It takes one to know on....

Mara C.
Mara Comitas4 years ago

Good idea. It takes one to know one!

Lin Moy
Lin M4 years ago

I think he will do a good job because he understands it.

Lucia X.
Lucia Xavier4 years ago

Message to 50 cent :try writing some decent lyrics you bandwagon jumping jerk.

Beth M.
Beth M.4 years ago

It's called jumping on the bandwagon, even when you don't believe in the cause. Jerk!