50 Cent is furious that “Power” has been continually ignored by the Emmy Awards, and the rap mogul — who serves as the show’s executive producer — is taking to social media to offer a blunt message to the Television Academy.
On Tuesday, 50 Cent — whose real name is Curtis Jackson — issued a scathing Instagram post featuring info from a Starz press release about the phenomenal ratings for the sixth season premiere, which aired on Sunday.
According to Starz, not only did “Power” deliver the largest audience for a scripted premium cable series premiere this summer, this was a 40-per-cent increase in viewership compared to the previous season, while also trending on Twitter to become “the #1 most social series of the night.”
While sharing those numbers, he also called out the Emmys for completely snubbing the series, which has received a grand total of zero nominations.
“The EMMYs can kiss 😘 my black a** 🎥 in slow motion,” he wrote in the caption, dismissing Emmy voters as “a bunch of Bengay my back hurt smelling a** old people anyway.”
This isn’t the first time 50 Cent has called out the Emmys for ignoring “Power”. During a session for the show at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, he declared that people who vote for awards “have always been late to my projects. They’re always been — like I feel like you get a lifetime achievement award instead of a actual award when you’re supposed to, you know, because this project, the content in it is the same material that I use for my music, and I didn’t receive the best new artist when I had the largest debut on a hip hop album and no one’s sold more records for a first album to date. So, I look at it the same. I’m just going to make the numbers so high in the viewership before we’re done with it that they’ll be looking around saying, ‘Yeah, we f**ked up again.'”
Asked to share his theory about why “Power” continually gets overlooked by Emmy voters, he said he believes racism is a factor.
“I’d like to say it’s racial. That’s the easy way to get out of things. You know what I mean?” he said. “Like, it just — I just think that they’re just overlooking it… you know, people that are running these — are connected to these ceremonies and voting are not necessarily cool people.”