Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Fiddy Fiddy Bang Bang

A Canadian legislator is arguing that 50 Cent, pictured at left in 1999 and 2005, should not be allowed to tour Canada, where with the exchange rate, he would, of course, be billed as 43 Cent.
Gun violence is skyrocketing in Toronto, and legislators up here are blaming America (as usual) for sending a pervasive message that killing is... well, therapeutic basically. So, why not solve the problem with a completely hollow gesture, eh?

But, what of the cultural flatline that is the "50 Cent" brand?

Is his music banal, hateful, shallow and stupid? Absolutely. Should it be banned? Of course not. Should it be ridiculed? Critiqued? Looked down upon? Ignored? I don't see why not.

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