50 Cent’s allegiances made a quick turnaround on Saturday, when, after backing Donald Trump in the 2020 election, he shared a Twitter post seemingly writing off the president after his onetime girlfriend Chelsea Handler’s appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
“Fu*k Donald Trump, I never liked him,” the rap mogul tweeted. “For all I know he had me set up and had my friend Angel Fernandez killed but that’s history. LOL.”
Last week 50 Cent had openly — or mockingly — declared his support for Trump and condemned Biden for his plans to raise taxes on the wealthy. 50 tweeted a CNBC graphic that claimed Biden’s tax plan could lead to a top tax rate of 62 percent for wealthy New Yorker City residents, and the TV producer added his objections.
“I don’t care if Trump doesn’t like black people,” 50 wrote on Twitter. “62% are you out of ya f–king mind.” He went on to write in a subsequent tweet, “Yeah, i don’t want to be 20cent. 62% is a very, very, bad idea.”
Prior to his change of heart, Handler, a comedian, lashed out at him on Twitter, writing, “Hey f—er! I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses. Happily! Black lives matter. That’s you, f—er! Remember?” Handler seemingly appealed to 50 by reminding him that as a Black man he is supporting someone who does not have his interests at heart.
In the Oct. 23 interview with Jimmy Fallon, Handler extended her appeal to 50 Cent to get him to vote Democrat and support the defeat of Trump instead of being concerned about his own prosperity.
“I had to remind him that he was a Black person. So, he can’t vote for Donald Trump. And that he shouldn’t be influencing an entire swath of people who may listen to him because he’s worried about his own personal pocketbook,” she said. “So I haven’t heard back from him yet, but I am willing to, you know, seal the deal in more ways than one if he changes his mind and publicly denounces Donald Trump. I might be willing to go for another spin… if you know what I’m talking about.”
Shortly afterward, 50’s tweet appeared as if in response to Handler’s request:
Twitter response to 50 Cent’s sudden reversal has been skeptical at best, with some users believing that 50’s post was nothing but an elaborate troll.
One user wrote, “Again I’m with Chelsea!! I recently purchased the Starz channel just to support 50, but due to his support of Trump, I’m seriously considering canceling it. Why should I support him, and he doesn’t care to support those less fortunate than him. Absolutely absurd.”
An additional Twitter user shared, “Fiddy Cents is a great example of the mindset of one who is wealthy! Color of skin isn’t a deciding factor! Mindset: ‘I want to keep all the money I have and don’t think I have an obligation to help anyone. I made it by myself, so can they!'”
Handler responded with approval to 50’s most recent tweet and continued to attempt to seal his vote. However, while 50 appeared to be influenced by her plea, he’s apparently not taking Handler up on her offer to meet face to face:
“Honey- does this tweet me we can count on a vote for you for @JoeBiden? I’m happy to discuss this with you privately. My phone number is still the same. Yours isn’t. I’ve tried calling you.”
Twitter reacted to Handler with much of the same cynicism and scorn it showed her former boyfriend. Many users expressed displeasure over Handler, a white woman, seemingly being the catalyst to change 50’s mind over race.
One Twitter user wrote, “Hopefully he blocked your number. Don’t tell him what to do. It is his vote and he can use it however he wants to. He is not a lesser person if he chooses to vote for someone you don’t support.”
Another user said, “How benevolent of this entitled white woman to remind @50cent how he should think because of the color of his skin. That is what true racism looks like. Bet he really appreciated your reminder that he is black.”
In 2015, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy, which he shared on social media in a Twitter post shortly before his first tweet concerning his Trump support in relation to Biden’s tax plan.