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Saturday, July 06, 2013 12:35 AM

So I’m sitting in the parking lot at The Herald after returning from delivering a newspaper. On the radio is a commercial for food banks. It’s 50 Cent talking for the average guy who has four mouths to feed and he lost his job.

“You might not pay attention to him but you will to me,” 50 Cent said.

Hmmm. Well, he had my ear. It seems 1 in 6 Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Thanks, 50 Cent. I will think about that and see what I can do. We have numerous food pantries and drives, etc., to help feed our neighbors right here.

I get up to the newsroom and I’m visiting some news sites on the computer to see what this column will be about and there’s 50 Cent in the news but it’s not quite as warm and fuzzy as a public service announcement to help feed our neighbors. Here is part of the story:

“50 Cent tweet-brags about his domestic violence and vandalism charges”

“According to charges filed by the L.A. City Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, 50 Cent and his ex-girlfriend were arguing on June 23 and things escalated. When she locked herself in the bedroom, he kicked down the door and caused an unspecified injury. Police estimate he destroyed $7,100 worth of property in her condominium, including furniture, a chandelier, a television set and a lamp, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office said. The musician left the condo before police arrived.”

Here are some other numbers for you Mr. 50 Cent:

• Every nine seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.

• Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

• Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

• Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.

• Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

So while I appreciate you lending your “voice” to a PSA about food banks, I’m rather disturbed by the fact that you think it’s OK to brag about hurting someone, especially the mother of your child.

He goes on to say that he’s not in jail; he’s in a strip club … then he’s in his elaborate home theater … and then on his Gucci couch.

His later tweets say what he would take with him if he would go to jail — his fish. On Friday, he was meditating.

Perhaps he should spend a little more time with his fish meditating and he wouldn’t be tempted to get off his Gucci couch, leave his theater and do harm to others.

Maybe he has some time to spend volunteering in a food pantry.


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