50 Cent is in hot water over his social media posts surrounding the death of Michael K. Williams.
The actor best known for his role in HBO’s The Wire was reported dead on Monday afternoon after a suspected drug overdose.
He was discovered unconscious in the dining room of his luxury Brooklyn penthouse with what appeared to be heroin on the kitchen table, sources said.
50 Cent shared a screenshot to Instagram of the New York Post article announcing his death, and in the caption told people to check out his show Raising Kanan to to see the dangers of Fentanyl overdoses and went on to use the hashtags #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bottlerover to promote his liquor brand.
In the now-deleted post, he wrote: “Damn id you didn’t see Raising Kanan check it out that fentanyl is no joke, killing the clientele. R.I.P Micheal (sic) k Williams.”
He also took to Twitter to post the screenshot of the article and joked about Williams’ death, adding: “New Caption alert. Hey jimmy ya man OD’ed” alongside a laughing emoji.
People on social media were enraged that 50 cent was making light of and using Williams’ death to promote his show and brand and took to Twitter to slam him for it.
“50 Cent is outta pocket too many times but because it’s him we let it slide. Using someone’s death to promote your show hours after it’s been announced is so wild. Cue the generic post and delete followed by a public apology within the next several hours,” one person fumed.
Someone else chimed in: “50 cent is a literally psychopath he has no emotion, no empathy.”
“Idc what anyone says, using someone’s tragic & untimely death to promote your own show with an insensitive a** caption is VILE. 50 Cent has always been ignorant, but this is crossing the line,” another Twitter user wrote.
A fourth said: “50 cent says a lot of dumb s**t but this is the dumbest. Ever. Using Michael K. Williams’ death to promote your own show is so insensitive and stupid.. this wasn’t about ‘bringing awareness’ smh”.
Both the Instagram post and the tweet were deleted soon after being posted.
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