Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is slamming Oprah Winfrey for calling out the sexual allegations against Russell Simmons in an upcoming #MeToo documentary, claiming she’s only “going after Black men.”
Early December, Apple TV+ announced that Winfrey would be working at the helm of a documentary focused on the sexual assault allegations against Simmons. The film, which is slated to debut at the Sundance Film Festival early 2020, is said to trace the tale of Drew Dixon, a former Def Jam Recordings music executive, who’s worked with Notorious B.I.G., Method Man, John Legend, Q-Tip, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The film captures Dixon as she grapples with whether to go public with her assault allegation against a notable figure in the music industry. The synopsis describes the film as an examination of race, gender, class and intersectionality, and the toll assaults take on their victims and society at large.
50 pointed out that Oprah is playing into the discrimination that Black men experience in terms of punishment for sexual allegations while white men aren’t equally punished.
Last week, he posted an image of Winfrey and Simmons stating, “I don’t understand why Oprah is going after Black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons this sh*t is sad,” the rapper captioned in a post with an image of Winfrey and Simmons. “These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent.”
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I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #starzgettheapp #abcforlife
To further his argument, he posted an image of several celebrities who have been accused of sexual abuse in the past — including R.Kelly, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein.
50 captioned, “You think Oprah don’t notice how this sh*t is playing out?”
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He continued the next day with another image pointing the injustice of punishment handed down to Black men over accused white men.
And, Wednesday he continued blasting Oprah by posting an image of her being affectionate with several white men with a caption over the image that read, “we have not forgotten.” Two of the men in the images, Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein have both been accused of sexual allegations.
“My grand mother was such a big fan of Oprah that it felt like I made it when I did her show because she was so happy,” 50 captioned in the post. “I just want to know why this is playing out like this.”
In 2017, Dixon, the daughter of former Washington, D.C. mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, told the “The New York Times” that Simmons raped her back in the mid-1990s. Simmons has since been accused of sexual assault by several other women, sued for $5 million and $10 million in separate lawsuits, and stepped down from his role at Def Jam.
Simmons also expressed his frustration with Oprah for producing the documentary.
“Dearest OPRAH, you have been shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog,” Simmons posted on Instagram along with a image of himself with Winfrey. “I have given you the fit of meditation and the groundbreaking book “THE POWER OF NOW” we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary.”
Simmons continues to deny all allegations of sexual assault.