50 Cent can’t be shamed.
During his surprise performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, the rapper recreated his iconic music video for “In Da Club” while hanging upside down, looking heavier than he did in the original video nearly 20 years ago. Social media reacted to his weight gain, with some even attempting to fat shame him.
“50 cent done went to a dollar he been eating eating,” wrote one person, while another chimed in, “50 Cent living out the ‘like a fat kid love cake’ verse.”
But 50 was able to see the humor in it all. He laughed off the body shamers, reposting memes including one of D12’s Bizarre hanging upside down while recreating the “In Da Club” video. “Who the fvck did this?” he asked.
The hip-hop mogul also capitalized off the moment by promoting his new line of G-Unit streetwear. “Get your G-Unit Tank tops & Headbands Now,” he tweeted.
Later, he dismissed the notion that he was being fat shamed. “I call this teasing me, They’re just teasing me because they know i can drop the weight,” he said. “That’s why i laugh with them. Fat shaming only applies when your ashamed of your fat. LOL.”
50’s surprise appearance was one of the highlights of the historic halftime show, which also featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. The performance averaged 103.4 million viewers, up from last year’s show with The Weeknd (96.7 million).