While on tour in the UK recently, 50 Cent talked about Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s recent “Telephone” video and used it as a jumping-off point to talk about what he feels are double standards in video censorship.
“I think it’s hot,” he told MTV UK of the video. “It’s interesting how [the censors] let things go. Standards on each artist are held completely different. The ‘P—y [Wagon].’ I’d like to see them leave that [license plate] clear and not blur it out when I make my next vehicle and it has the ‘P—y Wagon’ in it. You know? It’s interesting they let that fly. ‘It’s Britney, bitch!’ Nobody has a problem with that, but if I say, ‘It’s 50, bitch,’ they say, ‘Oh my God! You gotta edit that.’
“It’s their personal perception of your intentions,” 50 added about censors. “There’s actually a shot [in ‘Telephone’] at the table in the diner where it’s just [breasts]. It looks great. But if I shot the same shot in my music video, they would make me edit it immediately. Even if I had a female talent that was a recognizable talent that I asked to be a part of the project, they wouldn’t let that go. They’d think in some way you are taking advantage of a woman for marketing purposes. It’s different standards. They’ll ask [me] to ask tell the girl to not turn around … if she’s dancing, for her to not turn around [in my video]. That’s the whole J.Lo show! It’s interesting, the standards they place on each artists.”
50 says even though some broadcast standards may not be fair, he does have love for Gaga and some of other queens of popular music. In a lighthearted part of the interview, Fif was asked whether he’d “kiss, marry or avoid?” Gaga, Beyoncé or Rihanna.
“I would kiss Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna,” he replied with a laugh. “I’d marry Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna — in Africa. I’d have three wives! I would avoid wearing condoms and make really big families.”