"Fofty" was threatening to crack Randall Emmett's head open a few days ago, but now the rapper is "wishing him and his family a very blessed day."
50 Cent's feud with producer Randall Emmett and his fiancée, Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent was one of the weirdest beefs of the year, if not this lifetime.
It basically boiled down to this: Randall Emmett borrowed a million dollars from 50 Cent and the rapper/co-producer of Power demanded his money back, or else. But soon, things snowballed into a full-fledged mudslinging fest where embarrassing texts were revealed, Harvey Weinstein comparisons were flung, and plenty of memes were born.
It all started when 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson III) took to Instagram to post a clip from Vanderpump Rules of Randall's fiancée, Lala Kent, discussing how her relationship began: she let him "hit it" on the first date, and then got a Range Rover the next day. 50 captioned the video: "10 seconds left in the 4 quarter hoe's are Winning. Do you want A range rover [starry-eyes emoji] yes, bitch yassss. Then just run out [female-jogger emoji, gust-of-wind emoji] and suck a dick. LOL smh [face-palm emoji]."
Lala Kent––whose specific brand of sex-positive empowerment we recently dissected in order to decide if it's actually woke––is very passionate about two things: her man and keeping it real. If you've ever watched Vanderpump Rules, then you know that Lala is quick to clap back and point her acrylic nails in anyone's face who crosses her path. Kent commented on 50's post: "She swears she's a thug from south side Jamaica queens & she's up in here watching Bravo." She continued, "Someone has forgotten where they came from."
It's a big claim from Kent — who grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah — considering the infamous rapper was shot nine times in 2000 and survived. All good feuds escalate at a rapid pace, and this one is no exception.
50 responded by posting a text exchange between him and Randall, where Randall pleads, begs, and asks for forgiveness among claims of having a heart attack and heading to the ER in what would become the feud's most iconic line "I said I'm sorry fofty."
Well, Fifty's not buying it. He even posted a meme accusing Ran of faking the heart attack. The rap mogul is done waiting around, and he's threatening violence if Randall doesn't get the money to him by today, Monday April 29th. He warned in a text to Emmett "Keep playing with me and get ya fucking head cracked in front of everybody."
This spurred Lala to take to her Instagram story (it's not a real fight unless someone goes on vlogging rant) to voice her anger with 50 using the clip of her in a way she claimed served to "diminish the validity of the #MeToo movement."
Fifty raised the stakes when he reposted the video of Kent and claimed that there was no difference between Emmett and Harvey Weinstein. He captioned the video, "Hey how is the Range Rover? There's no difference between Harvey Weinstein and Randel Emmett! This is reality, not reality TV." Can you hear that? It's the sound of a collective "yikes."
50 Cent might have been ready to knock Randall out, but he seemed to have been having a good time milking the feud for all its publicity glory at the same time. Over the weekend, the Rapper was relentless in his mocking of Emmett. Fans went on Kent and Emmett's respective Wikipedia pages and made a few edits to poke fun at the situation and 50 cent even created t-shirts bearing the "I'm sorry fofty" line.
Of course, Chrissy Teigen had to chime in, because doesn't she always? "I never ever want 50 cent to be mad at me," she said on Twitter. "please love me, fofty." KK Chrissy duly noted.
This feud escalated from a simple bitch-better-have-my-money to a full-fledged discourse on the prevailing movement surrounding sexual assault. There may not be a setting that could be more inappropriate for discussing these issues, but nonetheless, it made for good TV. Not sure if Randall is faking the heart attack, or how this will affect Lala's burgeoning musical career, but we can all agree that we hope this arc plays out in the next season of Vanderpump Rules.
As of 20 minutes ago, it looks like the feuders have finally reached an agreement. Fifty got his money and seems to be all good vibes only now as he captioned his latest post "I got my money, so I have no problem with @randallemmettfilms in fact I'm wishing him and his family a very blessed day. 😏positive vibes now guys." The rapper has wiped most of the posts clean from his Instagram page, except for one last screenshot showing that he has, in fact, received the wire.
Randall seems to have cleaned up this mess for now. While the memories may fade, the screenshots will last forever....
Sara is a music and culture writer.
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Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
Rivera's "Glee" character was not just important, she was groundbreaking.
As a young queer girl growing up in the south, I was lucky that my parents weren't homophobes.
My parents believed that people were sometimes born gay, and while they wouldn't "wish that harder life" on their children, they certainly made me and my sister believe that gay people were just as worthy of love as anyone else. I was lucky.
Still, in my relatively sheltered world of Northern Virginia (a rich suburb near Washington D.C.), homophobia wasn't as blatant as hate crimes or shouted slurs, but it was generally accepted that being straight was, simply, better.
In high school, it wasn't uncommon to use "gay" as an insult or for girls to tease each other about being "lez." While many of us, if asked, would have said we were in support of gay marriage and loved The Ellen Show, being gay remained an undesirable affliction.
Even more insidious, I was instilled with the belief—by my church and my peers—that if gay and lesbian people could be straight, they would. But since they were simply incapable of attraction to the opposite sex or fitting into traditional gender roles, we should accept them as they are as an act of mercy. At the time, this kind of pity seemed progressive and noble. Those in my close circle of family and friends weren't openly dismissive or condemning of gay people, but we saw homosexuality as a clear predisposition with no gray areas.
Specifically: Gay men talked with a lilt, giggled femininely, and were interested in things that weren't traditionally "masculine." Meanwhile, gay women dressed like men, had no interest in makeup or other traditionally female interests, and probably had masculine bodies and features. In my mind, before someone came out as gay, they did everything in their power to "try to be straight" but were eventually forced to confront the difficult reality that they felt no attraction at all to the opposite sex. I viewed homosexuality not as a spectrum, but as a black and white biological predisposition that meant you were thoroughly, completely, and pitiably gay.
As a child, when I began to experience stirrings of attraction for other girls, I would reassure myself that not only had I definitely felt attraction for men in the past, but I also liked being pretty. I was a tomboy as a child, sure, but as I got older I recognized that my value was increased in the eyes of society if I tried to be a pretty girl. As it turned out, I even liked putting on clothes that made me feel good, I liked applying makeup, and I liked some traditionally "feminine" things. In my mind, this meant that I couldn't be gay, because gay women didn't like "girl" stuff.
As a teenager, I began to learn more about the difference between gender and sexuality, and the fluidity of both. I began to let myself feel some of the long-suppressed feelings of queer desire I still harbored.
Still, in the back of my mind, the instilled certainty of sexuality as an extremely rigid thing sometimes kept me up at night. What if I was gay? Would I have to change the way I looked? Would I have to give up some of the things I liked? In my mind, being gay meant your sexuality was your whole identity, and everything else about you disappeared beneath the weight of it.
But then, Santana came out as gay on Glee.
GLEE - The Santana 'Coming Out Scene' www.youtube.com
If you didn't watch Glee, than you might not know the importance of Naya Rivera's character to so many queer young women like myself. Santana was beautiful, she was popular, she had dated boys, she was feminine, she was sexy, and she was gay. There's even evidence that Santana had previously enjoyed relationships with men.
But the character came out anyways, not because she had to or because it was obvious to everyone around her that she was gay, but because her attraction to women was an aspect of her identity she was proud of. It wasn't an unfortunate reality she simply had to make the best of; it was an exciting, beautiful, aspect of her identity worth celebrating.
Before Santana, it had never really come home for me that being gay wasn't an entire identity—that it wasn't an affliction or disorder, but just another part of a person. She also didn't suddenly start wearing flannels or cutting her hair after coming out. She was the same feminine person she had always been. I had never realized that being a gay woman didn't have to look a certain way. Santana and Brittany's gay storyline showed two femme-presenting women in love, and for me, that was a revolution.
If it wasn't for Naya Rivera, we may never have had that important story line.
"It's up to writers, but I would love to represent [the LGBTQ community] because we know that there are tons of people who experience something like that and it's not comical for them in their lives," Rivera told E! News in 2011. "So I hope that maybe we can shed some light on that."
While Rivera herself wasn't gay (the importance of casting gay actors in gay roles is a separate conversation), she understood how important her character was to the queer community. "There are very few ethnic LGBT characters on television, so I am honored to represent them," Rivera told Latina magazine in 2013. "I love supporting this cause, but it's a big responsibility, and sometimes it's a lot of pressure on me."
Rivera wasn't just a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community on screen. In 2017, she wrote a "Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community" for Billboard's Pride Month. In it, she wrote, "We are all put on this earth to be a service to others and I am grateful that for some, my Cheerios ponytail and sassy sashays may have given a little light to someone somewhere, who may have needed it. To everyone whose heartfelt stories I have heard, or read I thank you for truly enriching my life."
Now, as we mourn the loss of Naya Rivera, at least we can take comfort in knowing that her legacy will live on—that the light her Cheerios ponytail and sassy sashays gave us won't go out any time soon.
Excuse me, I have to go weep-sing-along to Rivera's cover of landslide now.
Glee - Landslide (Full Performance + Scene) 2x15 youtu.be
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