50 Cent has built a successful music career and business empire as one of hip hop's most authentic and reliable tough guys, but when it comes to same sex marriage and the decision of an artist to publicly identify as homosexual, the G-Unit general is more empathetic advocate than belligerent bully. In a recent interview with MTV UK, Fif said he supports Frank Ocean's choice to reveal a past love affair with a man and issued a stern dismissal of those who might now be prejudiced against the emerging singer.
"Anyone that has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot," 50 said. "I think Frank Ocean is a talented artist, I think he's created material that made me know his name, that impressed me, with things he said on a song like 'Novacane.' I could care less about what his personal preference is in his bedroom."
Ocean made the announcement about his sexuality shortly before the digital release of his debut album Channel Orange, which 50 acknowledged as a risky move with high stakes.
"It could be revolutionary, or it could be a tragedy," he said, adding that he didn't know how things would end up for the 24-year-old singer. "The results of how popular it is now will say how cool or uncool it is to be [out] in the open... the more successful that project is now, it's gonna leave people in a position where they can actually say 'Look, I'm gay.'"
As for his personal evolution on the topic of gay rights, a subject that has historically been a subject of controversy in hip hop as well as the wider African-American community, Fif pointed to President Barack Obama as a key influence.
"Obama is for same sex marriage," he said, referring to the President's announcement on the issue in May. "When the President is saying that, who am I to go the other way? It's cool."
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