Personally we never really thought Donny Osmond and 50 Cent had anything in common. Turns out, we were wrong! The two performers have both recently aimed criticism at Lady Gaga and Beyoncé for the “Telephone” video, but as you can imagine, it’s for vastly different reasons.
Osmond, like India.Arie before him, thinks the video goes too far and thinks that its presence on the internet makes it easy for young kids to access and, you know, get the wrong idea about how glamorous and marketable lesbian prisons are. Osmond said:
“In today’s modern, viral world in which content becomes instantaneously available irrespective of age, I wonder whether the music industry might need to rethink its marketing policies with regard to making an explicit music video containing profanity, sexual exploitation, nudity, and graphic violence available to anyone with Internet access. wouldn’t want my child to watch this video. Would you? What do you think? Should these two extremely gifted female role models for millions of young girls, maybe, have given a little more thought to the effect it might have on their core audience?”
We can see that, but we also think that the internet is so full of questionable content, that this video is not one of the worst things out there. 50 Cent thinks it’s not so bad, content-wise, he’s just bummed that as a man he’d get criticized if he ever pulled those kinds of shenanigans.
“I think the video is hot. But there’s a shot in the video in the diner that’s just breasts. And it looks great, but if I shot the same shot in my music video, they would make me edit that immediately. Even if I had someone who was recognisable female talent that was part of the project, they wouldn’t allow that to go. They would think it was you taking advantage of a girl for marketing purposes or whatever. It’s their personal perception of your intentions of how you utilise it. Like ‘It’s Britney, bitch’ nobody has a problem with that. But if I say, ‘It’s 50, bitch,’ everyone’s like, ‘Oh my god! You got to edit that.”
50 also said in the same breath, “I would marry Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Rihanna in Africa, I’d have 3 wives! And I would avoid wearing condoms and have really big families.” This man is like our generation’s Oscar Wilde, he’s so quotable. We’re just amazed that so many celebs have such big opinions on the video – like it or hate it, it’s all they can talk about, which is probably all Gaga and Beyoncé care about anyway. [Photos: Getty Images]