CW: This story deals with the topic of sexual assault
US hip-hop artist 50 Cent has come under fire for a series of comments posted on social media that appear to be mocking actor Terry Crews for speaking publicly about issues of sexual assault.
As Rolling Stone reports, Terry Crews recently appeared before the US Senate to testify in regards to a new proposed bill that would effectively serve as a ‘Bill of Rights’ for those who have been a victim of sexual assault.
This comes just weeks after the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor came forward to reveal that he was assaulted at a party in 2016 where an unidentified Hollywood agent touched his genitals without consent.
“[T]his bill gives survivors the right to have time to distance themselves from the immediate trauma before making the difficult decision to report the assault to law enforcement,” Crews said during his testimony.
“I was told over and over that this was not abuse,” he continued. “This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man’s horseplay is another man’s humiliation.”
However, the news of Terry Crews’ testimony and recent allegations appear to be a difficult concept for some to understand, as evidenced by a number of recent posts on 50 Cent’s Instagram.
As Vulture reports, 50 Cent recently took to social media where he posted a pair of since-deleted posts that appear to mock Crews’ abuse.
One post, which features a shirtless Terry Crews captioned with the words ‘I got raped My wife just watched’, and an image of the actor with a rose that is captioned with the phrase ‘Gym time’, was accompanied by rather insensitive message. ““👀LOL,What the fuck is going on out here man,” it reads. “Terry: l froze in fear,😆they would have had to take me to jail. 🤨get the strap.”
However, 50 Cent followed up with another post soon after which features a video of Will Smith slapping away a reporter, captioned with the phrase, “See I think it’s a natural instinct to respond this way. LOL get the strap.”
Terry Crews has since addressed 50 Cent’s posts, speaking to TMZ about the issue and noting that despite his love for the artist, neither someone’s size or their supposed tough-guy image precludes them from being preyed upon.
“I love 50 Cent, I listen to his music when I’m working out,” Crews explained. “I prove that size doesn’t matter when it comes to sexual assault.”