I've been following the 50 Cent-movie billboard scandal off-blog since last week, but I wanted to wait to post on it until I came up with a suitably witty headline. But then I woke up this morning and said, "Damn it - I must hasten my efforts to bring the antics of bullet-riddled rap stars to our predominantly affluent white male audience!" And with that ...

Last week, several Los Angeles-based community groups began protesting advertising materials related to Get Rich or Die Tryin', the upcoming Fiddy semi-biopic, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring the rapper as a thinly veiled version of himself. In one apparently offensive billboard, 50 is shot from the back, arms out to the side, with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. There's also a poster (currently plastered over about 90 percent of the New York subway system) in which 50 is seen holding a baby in his arms and carrying a gun in the back of his jeans.

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