50 Cent Backs Transgender Teen With ‘Dream School': ‘I Don't Have Homophobia’

50 Cent Backs Transgender Teen With 'Dream School': 'I Don't Have Homophobia'

Once accused of being anti-gay, the rapper talks with TheWrap about how he's helping a transgender boy

Anyone lamenting the strained relationship between hip-hop and LGBT people might want to watch 50 Cent's “Dream School.”

The new Sundance Channel series connects troubled teens with a dream team of celebrity instructors: David Arquette is a home room and drama teacher. Swizz Beatz teaches music. The Rev. Jesse Jackson teaches political science. Oliver Stone teaches history — with predictably uneven results.

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The show focuses on helping students dealing with violence, poverty and pregnancy, as well as Alan, a transgender boy who was born a girl.

“I want to graduate and get away from the people at my school,” Alan says on the show, premiering next week. “I got bullied. I went to the hospital. My mom just didn't even visit me. I wish I was the person my parents wanted me to be. I wish I was born the person I am now because… I was born a girl.”

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He now has an advocate in a rapper who's first big hit, “In Da Club,” includes the line, “You that f—-t ass n—a trying to pull me back, right.”

The 50 Cent of today — an actor, philanthropist, and the executive producer of “Dream School” — isn't the same person who delivered that line a decade ago.

But 50, born Curtis Jackson, says he was never a homophobe. He says some listeners are too quick to assume every line in every song reflects the performer at all times.

“I don't have homophobia. I never did,” Jackson told TheWrap.

The rap icon has been accused of anti-gay comments outside his music. But in a genre long-tainted by homophobia, he was also open and supportive of his mother's same-sex relationship, years before Frank Ocean's coming out made many rappers rethink their prejudices.

“When you actually make music that mirrors the environment, you use the terminology,” he said. “You use the language. Like if you were making a painting, and you were painting the American flag, if I told you to do that, and not use red, not use the harsh terms or the tougher messages, you would never successfully paint the flag.”

He adds: “I would use the terminology that would be going around. My grandfather may say terms — people may actually say terms based on their experiences that were happening at that point. … You've got people that would call some people a redneck, or some people n—-. It's the term of that time or that period. They're not necessarily racist, but they've heard those terms used around them, and they use them.”

Jackson volunteers that he was also accused of homophobia after a 2004 Playboy interview. “I remember it specifically because it was mind-blowing to me that it went out that way,” he said. “The actual interview, it was a long interview. They wanted to deal with me for five hours. And he kept asking me questions, circling back to that, circling back. And I didn't understand why.”

A year later, he caught fans’ ears with the opening line of “Hate It Or Love It,” his collaboration with The Game: “Coming up I was confused, my mother kissing a girl,” he rapped.

“My mom — that's all I know of my mom,” he told TheWrap. “When I tell you she's the most important thing that I've had in my life, because I don't know my father at all, she's all I have — it makes it clear that I don't actually have those issues.”

Television has helped tear down fears of same-sex marriage equality by letting heterosexuals see gays as simply people, no more noteworthy for their sexuality than anyone else. It's beginning to happen with transgender people, too, thanks to appearances like Chaz Bono's turn on “Dancing With the Stars.”

But hip-hop has never been at the forefront of that trend. Jackson believes the music is changing.

“When new artists or new approaches come to the culture, it grows,” he said.

“Dream School” premieres Monday at 10/9c.

  • SkipB

    I'll believe it when 50 Cent makes a music video that includes chicks with Cheneys.

  • SKULLTAKER

    Of Course he ‘s too scared to say how he really feels about Homosexuals, he doesn't want to get Bullied and Boycotted by them

    • Thenarius Guerrier

      haha… ahahhahaa… hahahahahahaha…

      Yeah tell yourself that we have the social power when trans people get murdered to the extent that they do.

      • SKULLTAKER

        A good first step would be for you freaks to see a Mental Health Professional, You either Male or Female, all this Trans stuff is a bunch of nonsense for Deviants to act out their sick Perversions and Try to Justify it.

        • Brooke Cerda

          you are an ignorant hateful peasant

          • SKULLTAKER

            And that would make you a Sewer Dwelling piece of Garbage now go lick another Toilet Seat Freak

          • Brooke Cerda

            funny, you repeat the same words you were told during slavery, let's talk about how many people want's you death. just for being African American ?

            mmmmmhhhhhhhhmmmmm !

    • Brooke Cerda

      do you ?

      • SKULLTAKER

        Nah Punk as a Ret. Force Recon Marine, I painted Nightmares for Puke Maggots like you.

        • Brooke Cerda

          FUNNY THAT'S THE SAME THING THEY USED TO SAY ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS, IT WAS CALLED SLAVERY

          • SKULLTAKER

            No such thing as African-Americans, Black People do exist. You look like a Pedophile any your Picture Boy, you better hope I never see you in Person.

  • yes on ate

    I do though…. In a matter of fack jack… mines called homomasochism

    • Brooke Cerda

      you are a violence monger full of hate

  • Scottie Barnes

    50 Cent should hook up with this guy Darrius Garrett on Twitter he spoke at my school and i think he would be a great inspiration at your Dream School project as he is one of the original Freedom Writers that the movie with Hilary Swank was about The character Marcus is about him. Here is his Twitter you should hookup with him he is such an inspiration like you are. https://twitter.com/herbanprince

  • Brooke Cerda

    If @50CENT was so knowledgeable he would know that sexuality & gender have nothing to do with each other , So maybe he's not as homophobic as he sounds, how about GENDER PHOBIC ??? ….. He doesn't even care to know the difference.
    NICE TRY BIGOT !!

  • THE Eater

    This guy has been doing stock trades that anybody else READ (white person ) would be in prison right now for insider trading. This country is fkd, if you say anything about a coon, I mean BLACK PERSON OR AFRICAN AMERICAN(MAKES ME PUKE)
    you are a hater-racist etc. But a white person has to take anything that is dished out. WE have turned into a nation of 5 year olds, YOU CALLED ME A NAMEEEEEE IM GOING TO TELL MY MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CALL ME A KIKE, SPICK,NIGGER,CRACKER, WHATEVER:Like it will really hurt me, What is with the double standard, blacks use nigger day and night, anybody else uses it IM GOING TO CALL MY MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!! FUKING BABIES EVERY ONE OF THEM. Just out to get free money