50 Cent Movie Posters Disarmed By Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures has responded to public outcry and removed some controversial billboards for 50 Cent's forthcoming film, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Last Tuesday (Oct. 25), a coalition of concerned parents and community leaders protested the billboards which depict 50 gripping a gun in his left hand and a microphone in his right.
"This billboard conveys to the students a disturbing message actively promoting gun violence, criminal behavior and gang affiliation," Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich wrote to Paramount studio boss Brad Grey. "Placement of the billboard in this location at this time is an insensitive and reckless affront to the parents, school administrators and students seeking to improve their community."
The studio did not officially comment however, E! Online has reported that a handful of signs in certain regions of the Los Angeles metropolitan area were removed by Friday. The signs were taken down in school zones in neighborhoods particularly wracked by gang violence but remain standing in other locations.
"I give them credit for responding and being sensitive to the community's needs," Antonovich told reporters Friday. "It's after the fact, but nevertheless the bottom line is they are removing the billboard."
50 stood by Paramount's decision to use the advertisement, telling Reuters, "I think Paramount made a business decision. I don't have a problem with it. At the end of the day, those kids are going to see the film."
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is due in theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 9.