50 Cent Accuses AT&T of Being ‘Racist,’ Wants ‘Power’ Fans to Switch Cable Providers
50 Cent is calling AT&T out for being "racist." While it might sound harsh, he is responding to the proceeding negotiations between the telecommunications company and Starz, the network that shows Power.
If both parties don't come to any agreement, this might mean that those who have AT&T U-Verse and pay for Starz and Encore will lose the opportunity to see the new season of the show.
50, who co-stars and is executive producer of the show, expressed his thoughts on several posts on Instagram that not only blasted AT&T U-Verse but also strongly encouraged people to switch cable carriers.
"Man Im [sic] sorry I have to say this, but AT&T is racist they have had issues in the past and here we go again. 500,000 homes will not be able to view the next episode of POWER. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO," 50 wrote in the one photo.
Then he continued on with another post saying, "When this was happening they were saying they had the STARZ and other networks that created programming targeting multiple ethnicity's now I guess (THERE NOT F---ING WITH N---AS).SMH #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO."
50 Cent also explained that he felt the show was actually presenting diversity on television and now AT&T U-Verse could take the chance for those voices to be heard.
"I felt like I was doing something with POWER,making film a television under stand people of other ethnicity's can create projects that every one enjoys AT&T just set me back 500,000 viewers SMH #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO," another caption said.
Starz released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter (via Billboard) explaining its side of the situation.
"Starz is in ongoing negotiations with AT&T U-verse to continue distributing its 30 STARZ and ENCORE channels and services at a fair and reasonable rate," the network said. "Without a new agreement, the millions of AT&T customers who have chosen to subscribe and pay for STARZ and ENCORE will be at risk of losing these channels and the popular original programming like Power and Outlander, as well as thousands of movies. Starz has enjoyed a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with AT&T until now. We are hopeful AT&T will negotiate in good faith and that we will reach a fair agreement that allows its customers to continue to get great entertainment at a good value."
The spokesperson also explained that Power is the network's best performing show in the Starz's history "with more than 6.3 million multiplatform viewers per episode, and has the largest concentration of African-American viewers for a scripted premium series since 2006."
Despite the cases both 50 Cent and Starz make, an AT&T spokesperson told Deadline that the company will do what's best for its customers.
"Starz and their paid talent can spin up whatever they like, but the bottom line is we’re NOT going to negotiate a deal that is bad for customers. In these negotiations, our customers are all that matter to us,” the spokesperson said.
The issue is ongoing. So stay tuned to find out how the story unfolds.