Outspoken gangster rapper 50 Cent certainly believes in due process.
In a stunning statement posted to Instagram on Friday, the rapper accused two of the most influential black women in show business, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King, of only centering their #MeToo activism on black suspects versus white suspects, and of “publicly convicting their targets” and ignoring due process.
“I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson [sic] and Russell Simmons this sh-t is sad,” he wrote.
“Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #starzgettheapp #abcforlife.”
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?♂️I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #starzgettheapp #abcforlife
The post was uploaded roughly a week after reports emerged that Winfrey has executive, produced a documentary about one of the many women who’ve accused hip hop media mogul Russell Simmons of sexual harassment/assault and/or rape.
“The film’s primary subject is Drew Dixon, who alleged multiple instances of misconduct initiated by Russell Simmons in a bombshell interview with the New York Times,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The Def Jam Recordings co-founder served as Dixon’s direct supervisor during her executive run at the label. She quit Def Jam shortly after Simmons allegedly raped her in his apartment in 1995.”
Reportedly set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival early next year, the film’s announcement last week provoked an immediate backlash from Simmons himself, who took to Instagram to blast Winfrey for buying into a narrative that he maintains is false.
“Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. … This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry,” he wrote before going on to again reassert his innocence.
“I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS,” he argued. “Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that ‘hurt people hurt people’.”
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Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT / (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case proof exists of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers, their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary “FLAVOR OF LOVE”!? In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind
In 50 Cent’s post, he also took a shot at King, who conducted a heated interview with now-incarcerated r&b singer R. Kelly last spring in which the singer threw an emotional tirade proclaiming his innocence, despite the abundance of evidence against him.
It’s not clear why he feels she’s “publicly convicting” Kelly, given as the singer had agreed to the interview and had made himself look bad with his antics — and given also King’s documented support for due process.
“When a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty. There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same,” she said in an interview with The New York Times last year.
Granted, she made these remarks in defense of Charlie Rose, her former CBS News colleague whose career ground to an abrupt halt in 2017 over allegations of sexual harassment and lewd behavior.
Like Rose, who’s white, both Simmons and Kelly have sustained heavy losses financially and career-wise because of their alleged actions.
“Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records and a slew of other businesses, is stepping down from his companies after a woman said he sexually assaulted her in 1991,” The New York Times reported in November of 2017.
As of late 2019, at least seven women had accused him of sexual harassment or assault, while at least six had accused him of rape.
Kelly meanwhile has been incarcerated and will remain so until at least his trial next year on a slew of charges related to his alleged sexual abuse and enslavement of young girls and grown women alike.
“Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say Kelly and his entourage invited women and girls backstage after concerts, kept them from friends and family and made them dependent on him financially,” Reuters confirmed in October.
“The Chicago prosecutors said Kelly had sexual contact with five minors and recorded sexually explicit videos of some of them. They also accused Kelly of obstructing justice by using threats and bribes, including payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to keep his victims quiet. A trial in Chicago has been scheduled for April 27.”
Dovetailing back to 50 Cent’s allegations against Winfrey, are they true? It appears not.
“The OWN founder has shown support for Jackson’s accusers, and has also spoken publicly on sexual misconduct allegations involving Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, and President Trump,” the Los Angeles Times notes.
“In conversation with Gwyneth Paltrow on the Goop chief executive’s podcast in 2018, Winfrey discussed her prior interactions with Weinstein, credited his survivors for having the courage to come forward, and acknowledged others forced into silence.”
While the rapper’s concern about due process is admirable (though perhaps shortsighted given the evidence against Kelly), there simply doesn’t appear to be any evidence to suggest that Winfrey has focused her #MeToo efforts exclusively on black men.
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