On Tuesday’s episode of The View, the panel asked guest 50 Cent about his recent Instagram post mocking Terry Crews’s reaction to being sexually assaulted. While claiming that he would “never make fun of any sexual assault victim,” 50 effectively doubled down on his post to the panel’s softball chorus of yeahs and uh huhs.
The barely coherent Instagram post, which 50 put up on June 26, the same day that Crews testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his assault, featured a picture of a shirtless Crews flexing with an overlaying caption: “I got raped my wife just watched,” as well as a picture of Crews with a rose in his mouth with the overlaying caption: “Gym time.” Additionally, 50 Cent wrote: “LOL. What the fuck is going on out here man? Terry: I froze in fear, they would have had to take me to jail. get the strap.”
Reflecting on “what he learned” from the incident (per the wording of View host Sara Haines’s question), 50 said:
“I would never make fun of any sexual assault victim. I wasn’t looking at Terry Crews that way at that point. I’m looking at the Hulk...the guy that’s this big that’s being taken advantage of. When the males that are here now, if you asked them if someone touched them without their consent, would they go, ‘Yo, whatchu doin’?’”
So he wouldn’t make fun of a sexual assault victim (who he didn’t even view as such, just a Hulk who was being taken advantage of); he would just continue to question a sexual assault victim’s response, perhaps in jokey meme form or in a less jokey reiteration on a talk show? Got it.
After Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that such situations are complicated, 50 conceded, “I wouldn’t be prepared for it either.” I’m sure everyone felt good about themselves that they at least got him there.
Also on the episode, the panel discussed LL Cool J’s recent comments regarding what to do about misogynistic hip-hop in the #MeToo era.
The discussion included Sunny Hostin complaining about cursing in rap, Joy Behar suggesting that rappers, “Write love-song raps, it might make a lot of money,” and Meghan McCain claiming that she likes “filthy music.”
“I listen to it all the time. Helps get me in a good headspace when I exercise, get ready for work. I like cursing, I like filthy lyrics, I love it,” she said. Why is this happening to us?
The panel then asked 50 Cent about his stance on this issue.
He said that “the #MeToo movement is important,” BUT!!! “Should I tell you what to paint?” he asked. I guess if the “you” in question is Balthus...maybe? Additionally, rappers “have a limited range of writing...or they would have to study to write things that are socially the right thing.” Heavens me, never that!