50 Cent Supports Transgender Teen In New TV Docu-Series, 'Dream School'
“I don’t have homophobia. I never did,” Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson tells TheWrap in a new interview as he promotes the Sundance Channel series that he's executive producing, Dream School.
The statement may come as a surprise to some considering the homophobic slurs that were included 50 Cent's previous songs, but he maintains that there's a distinction between the man and the performer. He tells TheWrap:
“When you actually make music that mirrors the environment, you use the terminology,” he said. “You use the language. Like if you were making a painting, and you were painting the
American flag, if I told you to do that, and not use red, not use the harsh terms or the tougher messages, you would never successfully paint the flag.”
He adds: “I would use the terminology that would be going around. My grandfather may say terms — people may actually say terms based on their experiences that were happening at that point. … You’ve got people that would call some people a redneck, or some people n—-. 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.”
Hopefully Jackson's use of homophobic language is in the past and it would appear that his denouncement of homophobia is also translating to a similar denouncement of transphobia.
His new series Dream School connects troubled teens with an assortment of celebrity instructors. One of those heavily featured students is trangender teen, Alan, who was born a girl.
“I want to graduate and get away from the people at my school,” Alan says on the show, premiering next week. “I got bullied. I went to the hospital. My mom just didn’t even visit me. I wish I was the person my parents wanted me to be. I wish I was born the person I am now because… I was born a girl.”
For his part, 50 Cent seems intent upon making it clear that he's not the homophobic (or transphobic) individual that he has appeared to be. In recent years Jackson has vocalized his support for same-sex marriage as well as Frank Ocean following his coming out. He's also speaking openly about his mother, who is a lesbian.
“My mom — that’s all I know of my mom,” he told TheWrap. “When I tell you she’s the most important thing that I’ve had in my life, because I don’t know my father at all, she’s all I have — it makes it clear that I don’t actually have those issues.”
What's your take, Instincters? Will you be checking out Dream School?
Dream School premieres Oct. 7 at 10 p.m.