Let’s just call “it” what “it” is – all press is bad press for 50 Cent. From corny singles to petty money brags to botched athletic attempts, it’s all self-inflicted. Little is out of play. We could wake up tomorrow to a video of Fif falling off the stage of a concert and it wouldn’t really surprise.
In a vacuum, these stories are funny. But for every few screwball stories starring Curtis, we’re guaranteed one that reinforces what an assface he really is. That was hammered home last week when 50 missed his son Marquise’s graduation, following the “that guy really sucks as a parent” pattern that we’ve known him for for a while now.
Following up on the matter, Altanta’s V-103 caught up with Shaniqua Tompkins, mother of Marquise. Considering her long-standing relationship with Jackson – the two were together well before he was the star we know him to be – there aren’t many people on the planet better-equipped to provide answers for 50’s asshole tendencies.
On missing his son’s graduation:
“I didn’t know a parent needs an invitation to a graduation. I think you make time for what you want to make time for. I mean, you know your son is in the twelfth grade. You know that children—depending on the state—they graduate May, June-ish. You’re busy but that’s why you have…assistants. The assistant can call the school. He’s always talking money, money, money. So you could fly on your private jet with your big gold chains.
“He’s privy to the same information that I’m privy to as a parent. You can call the school or have your assistant call. I’m not being condescending. It was no tickets. It was on the lawn of the school. People that I did invite, they stood on the side to watch the graduation. You could’ve been there. That’s your choice. And being that you said you paid tuition — which he doesn’t — you should’ve had a first class ticket then.”
On Marquise Jackson’s attitude towards his dad:
We haven’t discussed [graduation] yet, but on a day to day… I broke up with his dad when Marquise was 10 1/2. So he’s been with his dad from birth till then. He loves his dad. He misses his dad. So of course it hurts. He used to cry about it. He used to really get down in his spirit. But I think when a person does stupid sh-t all the time, it starts to lose its impact. [50’s] just being  and I think Marquise feels a little sorry for him.
The interview goes on, showing a pattern of broken promises and the kind of inconsistency that no child should have to live with (along with a graphic episode of domestic violence). It also does its part to justify the way that 50 Cent acts, Thompkins bringing up the fact that Jackson knew little of his own parents growing up, hinting at a cycle that is in no way unique to the Fif’s cause.
Not that I’m a parent or anything, but there is simply no excuse for a man with 50’s monetary means to be such a slouch at being a parent. Joke that he might be, his wealth is still substantial, and it’s hard to fathom being this careless. The world is literally at his fingertips, so the thought of him being such an absent figure in the lives of his children really doesn’t make sense. And that’s why it’s so frustrating.
Based on the interview, we should be able to find solace in the way that Marquise is handling the matter. Everything about what we’ve heard about the young man – and this was really hammered home after he leaked the text conversation between him and his father, standing up for himself and his family in front of a man who is by all accounts a bully – indicates that, career be damned, he’s well on his way to being a better man than his father ever was. Not that that’d be particularly difficult.