Last month, rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent was under fire for comments he made pertaining to Terry Crews after the star spoke out about sexual harassment. In October, the former “Everybody Hates Chris” actor said a Hollywood executive groped him at an industry event, an incident he then appeared in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss. According to Crews, talent agent Adam Venit groped his genitals at a party. While many have questioned why he didn’t retaliate, Crews said he wanted to but “feared the situation would be misperceived since he is a large black man.” Crews has been very outspoken about the fact that more men need to talk about sexual assault, which is one of the top reasons he went in front of the Judiciary Committee for the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.
50 Cent, for his part, posted several images of Crews on Instagram, one of which depicted the star topless with the words “I got raped, my wife just watched” over it. The other one was a picture of Crews with a rose in his mouth and the words “Gym time.” While the rapper has since deleted the posts, he has been widely criticized for his actions and poor judgment. There has been a widespread backlash on social media regarding 50 Cents posts, with many people standing up in defense of Crews: “So Terry Crews had the guts to speak out about the assault and 50 Cent thinks it’s funny. This is why men bottle of their hurt,” read one such tweet.
Sexual Harassment Still a Problem in Hollywood
Understanding that Crews – a former linebacker in the NFL – didn’t mention this alleged sexual harassment because he was fearful of how the public would react is an important perspective that is not discussed enough. No matter how you look at it and who is involved, sexual harassment is wrong. Crews reminds us that we need to change the conversation about sexual harassment and understand that victims, regardless of their gender or race, often feel trapped. As we can see with Crews, physical size and ability does not matter, but race apparently does.
The fact that another black man in America – 50 Cent – would essentially call out Crews and “make fun of him” for an inappropriate experience like this goes to show just how backward we are. Anyone who has been victimized or treating inappropriate, whether man or woman, adult or child, should feel safe and supported when they come forward with their story. As another Twitter user wrote: “Toxic masculinity is what @50cent is doing instead of showing support to @terrycrews he is mocking him.” Although 50 Cent has since deleted the Instagram posts and has yet to speak out about the incident, the damage has been done.
If you have been involved in a sexual harassment incident or are unsure what your rights are, please contact Janovsky & Associates. Attorney Janovsky is an outstanding Dallas sexual harassment lawyer who is leading the charge during the #metoo movement. To learn more about filing a sexual harassment case in Dallas, please give us a call today and schedule a free consultation.