The ongoing feud between rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather hit a new low over the past few days.
Once virtually inseparable, these two guys now trade verbal jabs as if they’re auditioning for roles on whatever edition of Bravo’s Real Housewives series is coming up next.
If you missed the latest Internet shenanigans, it all started when 50 Cent used the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to taunt Mayweather.
That’s right. 50 Cent used a charity that’s gone viral to mock a former friend.
The rapper issued a challenge to Mayweather via Instagram saying that if the boxer could read an entire page from a Harry Potter book out loud without error, 50 Cent would donate $750,000 to a charity of Mayweather’s choosing.
Warning: Video contains NSFW language.
The rapper continued mocking Mayweather via Instagram with a second video a few days later. This time, he said talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had agreed to broadcast Mayweather reading and that it would be something easier to read than a Harry Potter book.
Next he posted this Instagram picture.
Mayweather responded via Twitter by showing two checks from Golden Boy Promotions totaling over $72 million dollars.
As if all this wasn’t bad enough on its own, audio from a radio show on Power 105 in New York suddenly surfaced of Mayweather struggling to read a promotional segment for the station.
Sigh. Is this what our society is now?
Look, I don’t want to be that guy. But it appears I’m going to have to be.
None of this is newsworthy. None of it noteworthy. And none of it makes anyone look anything but terrible.
Let’s start with the obvious.
50 Cent has absolutely no business mocking Mayweather for his alleged reading problem. Mayweather came from a broken home. Both his parents did drugs. His father was incarcerated for it. He dropped out of high school to pursue boxing, and it has served him well.
Whether he can read a page from a children’s book, Mayweather was the highest-paid athlete in the world last year, according to Forbes.com.
That’s right. Mayweather made more money than Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Peyton Manning.
Is there anyone reading this sentence right now who wouldn’t take $105 million to stumble through it?
Next, all that 50 Cent has done over the past few days boils down to silly cyber-bullying from someone who should know better.
Look, if you’re mad at your friend and want to talk noise to him on Twitter, go ahead. But if you’re a celebrity with millions of sycophant followers who want to mimic your every move, the rules are different for you.
That’s just how it goes.
Don’t get me wrong. Mayweather is no sympathetic figure in all this. He’s just as bad as 50 Cent.
First, Mayweather’s response to the abuse was lame.
Everyone knows your rich, Floyd. You tell us that enough. We get it, and we get that you did it without fighting the chief rival of your era, Manny Pacquiao. Congrats. Your historical legacy will be that you made the most money while avoiding the biggest risks.
But let’s not forget Mayweather’s own cyber-bullying antics on social media. Has there been anything more egregious in the genre than Mayweather’s public shaming of an ex-girlfriend for an alleged abortion?
Wherever you stand on that issue, public shaming of something as devastatingly private as that makes absolutely no sense.
So here’s the problem with this feud between Mayweather and 50 Cent: Nobody is winning.
Not one person.
Mayweather is losing because he can’t get out of his own way. He’s not mature enough to act like a normal person. If 50 Cent wants to act like a third-grader, then Mayweather should show him how an adult reacts to things.
Instead we get money pics and likely more social media jabs at a latter date.
And 50 Cent’s literacy mocking would go further if the rapper knew how to use words correctly. Here’s a case of him mocking Mayweather’s reading problem while using a word that doesn’t exist.
More importantly, is there any reason the rapper couldn’t instead use his fame and fortune for something positive?
Let’s assume Mayweather has a problem with reading. Is that something he should be ashamed and humiliated about?
What about the other millions of Americans who struggle with the same thing? Should we mock them too?
50 Cent should ditch the Internet antics and spend his time doing something good for the world. If he has a beef with Mayweather, he should deal with the matter privately.
Finally, those losing the most in all of this are the fans. Because instead of talking about boxing or music or whatever art form they happen care about when they stumble across this nonsense, their attention is thrust solely upon these men throwing whiny social media tantrums about each other.
It’s dumb, and it’s getting dumber every minute. Heck, we all might be getting dumber just be paying attention to it.
I’m pretty sure I just lost a few brain cells writing about it.