50 Cent Movie Billboards Pulled


In reaction to complaints they glorify gangs and violence, Paramount is taking down some billboards for the 50 Cent movie Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The billboards show 50 Cent in a crucifixion pose with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. Doesn't everyone know that a rapper has to hold a gun when they sing? It's what gives them cred. Trouble is, 6th graders don't know that or don't need to know that and that's exactly where one of the boards is located - right next to a school. School officials and area activists want the board gone. Paramount is taking them down.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05   Click to Comment   
Topic: Outdoor   

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I can't help wondering -- if this was the poster for a typical mainstream "shoot 'em up" movie, would they have taken it down? I suspect not.

Posted by: BB on October 28, 2005 1:47 PM

I suspect not too - but is that the problem NO, it's not. However, the depiction of thug celebrities is a problem. However, I do agree their should be consistency across the board for age-appropriate advertising especially where large numbers of 6th graders may be located. The irony with these thug rappers is outside of the false image they represent do they really want violence with success. The answer is NO, so why do they perpetuate it. If that is how you were raised thats fine but now you are monetarily successful and am also an entrepreneur with a clothing line, video game and other business entities. Do you really think now that they have "made it" these thug rappers really want to continue to carry a gun and live a life of violence? From a recent article in MAXIM, Dr. Dre says absolutely not. And he's right! And Paramount is right in taking these billboards down. Kudos to the community for stepping up!

Posted by: A on October 28, 2005 3:24 PM

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