Apparently, 50 Cent wasn’t a big fan of Wednesday night’s “Empire” premiere.
The rapper, who in the past has accused the Fox series of copying the promotional campaign of his own Starz drama “Power,” took to Instagram to repeatedly mock the show after “Empire” took a dig at him in its Season 2 premiere.
During Wednesday’s episode, Cookie Lyon — played by Taraji P. Henson — dropped a wisecrack calling 50 Cent “thirsty.”
The rapper (real name: Curtis Jackson) swiftly shot back, firing up his Instagram account to repeatedly take pot-shots at the show.
In one video, the rapper insinuated that he had engaged in sexual relations with the character.
“I can’t believe Cookie would say some shit like that about me. Thirsty? Me? Thirsty? Come on,” the rapper said. “Man, me and Cookie go way back. You know I hit that.”
Which was benign enough. At least more so than the photo he posted Thursday, which bore the message, “F*ck Empire.”
Get outta here with that PG13 bullsh!t. LOL☕️????#EFFENVODKA #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on
Jackson wasn’t done there. Shortly thereafter, he posted a video of himself assuming the role of the director of “Empire.”
The skit focused heavily on man-on-man action while assuming the position of “Empire” director.
Cut, cut! Look, buddy, I’m going to need you to kiss him in his mouth with passion,” Jackson faux-directed. “Give us a little fire. You know, like you’ve done this before. You know, give it to him!”
Jackson appeared to bury his beef with the show in an interview with TheWrap in July, heaping praise on Henson just hours before the Emmy nominations were announced.
“I’d like to see Taraji recognized. Black people really like the Cookie character,” Jackson said.
Plenty of other people seemed to enjoy the “Empire” premiere, though; the episode drew 16 million total viewers, a 26-percent leap over the series premiere.