50 Cent has responded to trolling of his weight-gain, saying that people are only “teasing” him because they know that he can “drop the weight”.
The rapper, who made a surprise appearance during the Super Bowl half time show on Sunday (February 13) alongside Eminem, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak, was subjected to a number of judgemental remarks made by online trolls in the aftermath.
50 Cent has since shown that he appears to be untroubled by the comments. He captioned a screenshot of an article that referenced the vitriol and his new merch line: “I call this teasing me. They’re just teasing me because they know I can drop the weight. That’s why I laugh with them. Fat shaming only applies when you’re ashamed of your fat. LOL.”
It comes after rave reviews for 50 Cent’s Super Bowl stint, which saw him perform his 2002 hit single ‘In Da Club’ upside down, mirroring the choreography of its original music video. He was suspended by his feet from the ceiling of a trailer and was joined by a group of backing dancers.
Elsewhere from the night, it had been reported that organisers had warned Eminem not to kneel during his performance in solidarity with former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick.
However, after performing ‘Lose Yourself’, he took the knee for almost a minute. Eminem was also joined by .Paak on drums for the energetic performance.
Lamar, meanwhile, played ‘Alright’, a song that became an anti-police brutality anthem in 2015 when activists from the Cleveland State University went viral for chanting it. Blige went on to perform ‘Family Affair’ and ‘No More Drama’.
The event marked a return to LA for the Super Bowl, and Dr Dre celebrated by performing ‘California Love’, prompting many fans to wish that the late Tupac Shakur could see it.
The rapper, actor and TV producer likened the photo to the Wicked Witch of the East from the 1939 film classic ‘The Wizard Of Oz’. He has since apologised to Madonna after she called him out on it.