The rapper called out those trying to shame him over his weight, and then proceeded to plug his merchandize.
Rapper 50 Cent delivered a knockout performance at the 2022 halftime show, along with Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, among other music icons. While many lapped up his performance and lauded him for his spectacular entry hanging upside down, a few trolls chose to focus on his weight. They called him overweight and unfit but the rapper couldn't care less as he reportedly made merch from the pictures. “50 Cent claps back at his Super Bowl fat-shaming haters with sweet merch,” read a headline on the New York Post. The rapper wasn't too concerned with the trolls and hit back at them by sharing screenshots of the headline on Twitter. He wrote: “I call this teasing me, They’re just teasing me because they know I can drop the weight. That’s why I laugh with them. Fat-shaming only applies when you're ashamed of your fat. LOL 🤷🏽♂️😆" He then capitalized on the noise by plugging his brand in another post.
Fans rallied around the rapper and praised him over his stance. "Y’all shaming 50cent is f*cking ridiculous, most of y’all can’t hang upside down from a bar, and let’s face it …
Some of y’all can’t even get to the top of the bar. Don’t hate the man because he can drop it faster than you. You hate him because YOU'RE NOT HIM, wrote one person. Another Twitter user added, "Only thing "big" on him was his arms. Those arms are lethal🤣. I'll take 'em." One user lauded how the rapper handled his trolls. "Exactly, people should know his clap-backs are ferocious. He's laughing with everyone now."
Me thinking he looked fantastic and then the haters came. A lot of them not the same size from when the song came out either!🖕🏽 pic.twitter.com/OtC4GHMz1p— Sallie Mae (@glenncocoa11) February 17, 2022
While many backed 50 cent, many recalled how the rapper himself was guilty was shaming Madonna over her lingerie pics before finally apologizing after she called him out publicly. After the rapper made some unsavory posts about Madonna, she came for him, reported Buzzfeed News. Madonna posted an old photo of the duo together and wrote, “Here is 50 Cent pretending to be my friend,” she wrote in the Instagram story. “Now you have decided to talk smack about me! I guess your new career is getting attention by trying to humiliate others on social media…the least elevated choice you could make as an artist and an adult.” 50 cent was quick to apologize. "Ok, I'm sorry. I did not intend to hurt your feelings. I don't benefit from this in any way. I said what I thought when I saw the picture because of where I had seen it before. I hope you accept my apology," he wrote.
Let them tease. If the focus was on your weight, surely they missed the message. The performance during black history month was epic! You are doing amazing things and your achievements speak volumes. Stay blessed King!— Renee (@SRenee525) February 17, 2022
The Superbowl halftime show produced by Jay Z was hailed as by many one of the best ever, as some of the 90s icons including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem delivered knockout performances. The Super Bowl halftime show was high on nostalgia and was viewed by more than 29 million U.S. households, reported NBC News. The performance delivered during Black history month also saw Eminem take the knee in a strong gesture. The rapper took the knee shortly after he performed his 2002 hit "Lose Yourself." Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly was "banned" from the NFL for taking a knee to register his protest against police brutality and racial discrimination. It's not the first time the rapper has backed Kaepernick. In 2017, during the BET Hip Hop Awards, he performed an explosive 4.5-minute freestyle rap, slamming former President Donald Trump and praising Kaepernick. "F— that, this is for Colin, ball up a fist and keep that s— balled like Donald the b—-," he rapped at the time.