Rapper 50 Cent has taken criticism before for wearing Marine Corps uniforms even though he never served — but he probably didn’t expected to hear from Cpl. Matthew B. Schafer.
Someone using that name posted on 50 Cent’s Facebook page on Monday, ripping the rapper for wearing dress blues in the screen grab posted above. Said Schafer:
My Name Is Cpl Schafer Matthew B United States Marine Corps And The Reason I Am Writing This Is To Ask You What The F— You Think Your Doing Disgracing My Uniform We All Damn Well Know You NEVER Served In My Corps What Makes You Think You Have The Right To Put Medals On Your Chest That You Didnt Earn I Wanna Know Who The F— You Think You Are And Who Gives You The Right To Impersonate A Marine!?
That post has mushroomed virally in the last few days. More than 10,700 people have shared it, and more than 123,000 have “liked” it. Some posters said Schafer is overreacting, but many more agreed with his point.
“Hip hop just went to far!” wrote one poster. “Respect the colors that never runs. 50 cent, you are a joke stay home and drink your vitamin water.”
Other posters defended 50 Cent — and ripped the Marine for serving his country.
“Not to mention ur just a mindless zombie for the gov,” wrote one fan. “N 50 has done more, and given back more to this country than u ever could imagine.”
In 2009, 50 Cent and other rappers took heat for wearing military uniforms in the music video for “Rider Pt. 2.” It’s posted here, with the usual gangsta rap warning that not all lyrics are safe for work:
I’ve reached out to Schafer through Facebook and emailed 50 Cent’s publicist for comment. If either gets back to me, we’ll update this post. Schafer’s military background isn’t clear.
Your thoughts, friends?