On a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Vivica A. Fox, set to play Cookie’s sister in an upcoming episode of “Empire,” was asked to weigh in on ex-boyfriend 50 Cent’s alleged comments about the show.
The rapper reportedly reposted a blog which suggested the ratings for the FOX drama have dipped because of the “Gay stuff,” ostensibly referring to the relationship between Jamal and his boyfriend Michael.
“First of all, you know… pot calling the kettle black. That’s all I’m saying,” Fox responded.
When host Andy Cohen asked Fox to unpack her statement – specifically the suggestion that the rapper is gay – she smiled and said, “He’s not. We had a great time. I mean, he just seems like he’s got something that’s not quite clear,” she said.
T have been rumors about 50 Cent’s sexuality in the past, which Fox was very likely aware of when she made her comments on “Watch What Happens Live.” That 50 Cent felt the need to lash out at Fox via Instagram is disappointing, especially since his insistence that he was “Forced” by Fox comes off as his way of assuring us all that his masculinity is still intact.
Fox took the intimate relationship between herself and the rapper and weaponized it against him.
Black masculinity is constantly threatened, undermined, and scrutinized, and comments like those made by Fox do nothing to push the conversation about how to be more inclusive of LGBT people in hip-hop forward.