Get Rich Or Die Trying Somewhere Else
November 1st, 2005

Errol Louis of the Daily News is not just mad about the giant billboards promoting a new violent semi-autobiographical movie called “Get Rich or Die Trying” starring 50 Cent, which are going up in neighborhoods throughout New York and across the country. He is also urging his readers to call Paramount Pictures and parent Viacom (he even provides the telephone numbers) to urge the removal of the billboard, which shows 50 Cent with arms outstretched, a microphone in one hand, a gun in the other. Councilmember Letitia James, he says, also has called a rally Friday morning in front of Viacom’s Times Square headquarters. “This isn’t about censorship. 50 Cent is free to sell lies to his mostly suburban audience about a mythical ghetto where guns, violence and dope-dealing are glorified and respected. But those of us who actually live in the neighborhoods that 50 Cent fled long ago have freedom of speech, too – and we have to set the record straight.”

Protests in Los Angeles already have prompted Paramount to remove the billboard there.

By on November 1, 2005, 6:51 am
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7 Responses to “Get Rich Or Die Trying Somewhere Else”

  1. Karol Says:
    November 1st, 2005 at 9:03 pm

    Was there a similar outcry when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie posed with their guns for ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’.

  2. our gal in brooklyn Says:
    November 2nd, 2005 at 2:33 pm

    NO there wasn’t but unless you are a Martian I Karol, think you know why.

    Tish did a great job explaining that she wasn’t asking for censorship, just sensitivity.

  3. Karol Says:
    November 2nd, 2005 at 4:34 pm

    Right, so why wasn’t she asking for sensitivity when Brad has his gun cocked and Angelina had hers tucked into her garter? And, no, sorry, I’m a New Yorker not a martian so I don’t know why. I kind of get into it on my blog and no, I don’t see why one is different than the other. Please advise.

  4. james Says:
    November 9th, 2005 at 2:32 am

    Many movies have glamorized violence in the past with similar marketing tactics as the movie “Get Rich or Die Trying,? movie such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Scarface, Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty, and even Capone “The man who made the twenties roar? with Ben Gazzara. Each one of these movies used these very same tactics. To glamorize violence is to do just that, to make it more appealing, more sociably acceptable. Lets be realistic with this whole issue, weather it’s a mic in the other hand or a beautiful women like in the poster used for Capone (1975)…violence is violence and although it is unacceptable, it is a part of society. For my added opinion, this movie appears to be a break away from the norm and if given a chance will become a classic like Boyz n the Hood. The one major problem Curtis Jackson faces is that he has already made a first impression with society, and with the older “Baby Boomers,? who don’t understand him, they fear him and believe he stands only for violence and drugs. These same people feel like “50 Cent? is headed down a giant toilet drain and young America is happily following as if he where the Pied Piper.

  5. The don Says:
    November 9th, 2005 at 9:18 pm

    Every body needs to stop hating on 50 cent and realize he is trying to make it in life like everybody else. Some people also don’t see the gooD things he does.

  6. Heather Says:
    March 1st, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    Why has nobody noticed that the whole movie is about how he has a CHOICE between the gun and the microphone and chooses the microphone. Is anybody paying attention?

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