50 Cent is having a bad week. Despite the saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity, the rapper-turned-actor-turned-mogul has managed to prove multiple times over the last few days that the maxim is not true. First he was accused of domestic violence. Now he is accused of being a horrible father.
There are fathers who abandon their children. There are fathers who financially neglect them. But the latest allegations against 50 Cent remind us that even fathers who are not accused of doing either of the above can be just as bad or even worse.
Recent text messages allegedly exchanged between the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, and his teenage son not only include countless expletives but also show Jackson going so far as to question his son’s paternity, coldly telling the boy that his mother was promiscuous — but in much more crass and unprintable language. He then goes on to dismiss the boy as ungrateful for the various items and money Jackson contributed to his upbringing and for Jackson’s occasional efforts to see him.