50 Cent is evidently pleased Oprah Winfery is no longer executive producing a forthcoming documentary about Russell Simmons. On Friday (January 10), only hours after the news broke Winfrey had stepped away, the Power mogul headed to Instagram to express his gratitude toward the talk show queen.
“Alright, alright, alright Oprah we love you, thank you for responding,” he captioned a screenshot of a Deadline article. “if you ever need me for anything I’m here.#starzgettheapp #abcforlife.”
Simmons responded in the comment section with a simple prayer hands emoji (or high five emoji, whatever is preferred).
The documentary reportedly revolves around Drew Dixon, who claims the Def Jam Recordings co-founder raped her in his New York City apartment in 1995. While Oprah noted she believed the alleged victim, she cited a conflict with the filmmakers’ vision. As a result, she’s not only distancing herself from the project but also blocking its path to Apple TV+.
In a statement obtained by Deadline, Oprah said more work is needed on the doc to “illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.” She also added it’s too soon to premiere a film she feels isn’t complete at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month.
“In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are talented filmmakers.
“I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers’ desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it’s best to step aside. I will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”
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#Repost @unclerush when documentary was announced.. Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. Your doc is focused on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT/ (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case PROOF EXISTS of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers,their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. … In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, i have even been unconsciously callous , but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind us Love you
Simmons was initially shocked Oprah would be attached to the project considering they’re close friends. In a lengthy Instagram post from last month, which he reposted early Saturday morning (January 11), he expressed his disappointment, a sentiment he reiterated to HipHopDX.
“I want to stay out of the mud,” he told DX last month. “I love Oprah. I’m disappointed.”
50 sided with Simmons and blasted Winfrey for seeming to only go after black men — in true 50 Cent fashion.
“I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men,” he wrote. “No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent.”
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🤦♂️I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #starzgettheapp #abcforlife