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SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE August 2005

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Update on "50 Cent" rape case in upstate NY

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Mitchel Cohen <[log in to unmask]>

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A few weeks ago I sent around an email from an old friend of mine whose 
high-school age daughter was raped by members of the rap group "50 Cent" 
after a concert at Hartwick College in upstate New York. I am not repeating 
my friend's name here because her life has been threatened by these thugs.

Below is the first breakthrough in a major newspaper about what's going on, 
by Errol Louis in the NY Daily News. Two things to remember: Reebok is 
sponsoring "50 Cent" on their tours and in ads, and while some colleges 
have banned them others seem to think they are just fine. The President of 
Hartwick refuses to acknowledge that anything went wrong, and the NY 
District Attorney in the region refuses to do anything about it either.

- Mitchel Cohen

http://www.nydailynews.com/06-28-2004/news/col/louis/story/336421p-287338c.html 

NY Daily News, August 12, 2005

by Errol Louis

Brought to you by Reebok

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the recent arrival of Eminem, 50 Cent 
and a band of assorted black minstrels for a concert at Madison Square 
Garden this week brought a dose of real-world criminality to the streets of 
New York. Two performers with 50 Cent's G-Unit, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, 
were arrested along with 10 members of their entourage after cops said they 
stopped the group in a van that ran a red light - and came up with two 
loaded, unlicensed handguns.

If convicted, Banks and Buck could go to prison for seven years.

These crimes were brought to you by Reebok, the sporting goods company that 
sponsored the concert tour. Reebok prominently features 50 Cent and other 
ex-drug dealers to promote its $90 sneakers and showers them with cash - 
then tries to duck responsibility for the mayhem caused by its pitchmen.

"We act with integrity," says Reebok's corporate mission statement. "We 
have a deep-felt commitment to operate in a socially responsible way."

That is far from true. Reebok is positively in love with its hired 
pitchman, 50 Cent, who once sold heroin and crack on New York City streets 
and now sells Reebok shoes when he's not rapping about how he intends to 
shoot, beat and pimp his way through life - presumably, while wearing his 
trusty Reeboks.

Space does not permit a full listing of the many violent incidents linked 
to 50 Cent and his cohorts. Recent highlights include a double shooting 
outside Hot 97's studios in January and a double shooting in Queens in May, 
after which cops said they caught a pal of 50 Cent with two guns and a box 
of ammunition standing next to a car registered to 50 Cent's company.

G-Unit, 50 Cent's rap group, which also promotes Reebok's G-Unit shoe line, 
has its own troubles. G-Unit member Young Buck goes on trial next month for 
allegedly stabbing a man at the Vibe awards last year; the evidence will 
likely include videotaped footage of the crime.

G-Unit member Tony Yayo - Yayo is Spanish slang for cocaine - was arrested 
with 50 Cent on gun possession charges in 2002 and spent a year in state 
prison for jumping bail on other charges and four months in federal prison 
for possessing a fake passport. Yayo was released earlier this year, just 
in time to perform at the Reebok-sponsored concert.

Another G-Unit member and Reebok pitchman, Banks, caused a stir in upstate 
New York earlier this year, when a high school student charged she was 
raped backstage by two members of Banks' entourage after a concert at 
Hartwick College in Oneonta on April 21. The Otsego County District 
Attorney, John Muehl, has yet to name suspects or make any arrests.

Not everyone looks the other way while Reebok hires gun-toting felons to 
sell its products. In Great Britain, Reebok had to shut down an ad campaign 
featuring 50 Cent when two anti-gun groups lodged noisy protests and 
threatened a boycott. One organization called Reebok's ads "irresponsible" 
and "despicable."

But the same ads, and the ever-growing trail of shootings and assaults by 
Reebok's spokesmen, continue in America with nary a stir. The only real 
question is when law-abiding citizens will voice the full measure of their 
disgust to Reebok and boycott the corporate puppetmasters who promote and 
profit from the criminal mayhem of thugs masquerading as artists.

Originally published on August 12, 2005






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