50 Cent regrets hanging upside down for Super Bowl performance and says it was a mistake
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50 Cent has reflected on his Super Bowl performance and it seems he has some regrets about hanging upside down.
The ‘In Da Club’ rapper, 47, decided to make an unexpected entrance on stage - or shall we say above the stage - during the Super Bowl LVI halftime show last year at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Joined by Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg and Eminem for the first halftime show centred on hip hop and although it went down a treat with millions of viewers across the world and garnered critical acclaim, 50 Cent’s part became a massive meme.
During the show, 50 Cent - whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III - referenced the music video for his classic 2003 club anthem ‘In Da Club’ by hanging upside down like a bat.
Looking back at the performance, the hip hop star said hanging upside ‘was a mistake’. Speaking to USA Today, he added: “Everybody else walked in regular, the songs still went over and they got the trophy too.”
The performance was met with acclaim and became the first Super Bowl halftime show to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live). The hip hop extravaganza also won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special and Outstanding Music Direction.
50 Cent and Anderson .Paak served as special guests while the other artists were credited as headliners.
He continued: “They all won an Emmy. They got the same thing I got and I had to put myself upside down,” before calling his segment ‘high risk, high reward’.
The rapper was also subjected to body shaming comments following his performance. He responded to a New York Times article by posting it on his Instagram page with the caption: "I call this teasing me.
“They’re just teasing me because they know I can drop the weight.
“That’s why I laugh with them.
“Fat shaming only applies when you’re ashamed of your fat."
Meanwhile, the rapper hasn’t been as kind in regards to body shaming for his fellow music artists. He mocked Madonna for posting pictures of herself wearing lingerie on social media, saying: “That’s Madonna under the bed trying to do ‘Like A Virgin’ at 63. She shot out, if she don’t get her old a** up."
Don’t expect to see 50 Cent hanging upside down on his upcoming The Final Lap tour with Busta Rhymes and Jeremih. He jokingly said someone should have intervened in case he fell on his head.