On Tuesday, 50 Cent appeared on morning talk show The View and attempted to explain his belittling of Terry Crews on social media last month after the actor had shared details in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about being sexually assaulted.
“I would never make fun of any sexual assault victim,” 50 Cent said to the show’s co-hosts, before stating that, because of Crews’ physique, he’d been surprised by the actor’s account of his experiences. “I wasn’t looking at Terry Crews that way at that point. I’m looking at the Hulk, the guy that’s this big, that is being taken advantage of.”
Not going so far as offering an apology for his original Instagram post, since deleted, the rapper doubled down on his view that Crews should have reacted differently to the alleged assault. The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg stepped in to explain, saying that Crews didn’t react “because he was in shock.”
To recap, 50 Cent’s original comment came hours after Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Crews testified in the Senate to advocate for the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. Unleashing a cruel attempt at humor, the rapper posted an image of Crews with the words, “I got raped / My wife just watched.” He captioned the post, “?LOL,What the fuck is going on out here man? Terry: l froze in fear,?they would have had to take me to jail. ?get the strap.”
The post was later deleted but you can see a copy below.
TMZ caught up with Crews to get a reaction. Crews didn’t rise to the bait, responding simply, “I love 50 Cent, I listen to his music while I’m working out,” and noting how size isn’t a factor in cases of sexual assault.
Public reaction to 50 Cent’s comments was a little less restrained, however, with many Twitter users berating him for belittling sexual assault and being a bully.
If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted, there are resources to help you.