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50 Cent to Write Anti-Bullying Young Adult Novel

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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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This post was originally published by Campus Progress.

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1:09PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

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

9:10AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

I don't trust him!

12:58AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

he's doin sumthin good

11:30PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Who knows if he is talks and bullying walks.

4:03PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

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.

6:34AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

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

7:58PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Good idea. It takes one to know one!

7:22PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

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

3:36PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

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

3:29PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

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

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