Opting out of the wildly popular and influential “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” rapper 50 Cent posted a video on Instagram earlier this month, challenging Floyd Mayweather Jr. to read a full page of a “Harry Potter” novel aloud without messing it up. In the video, 50 Cent states that if Mayweather, who currently holds the title of best boxer in the world, does so and has proof, he will donate $750,000 to any charity of Mayweather’s choice.
Later, 50 Cent posted another video stating that late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel agreed to let Mayweather read on his show. “We don’t want to put pressure on you,” 50 Cent says to Mayweather in the latest post. “We know you can’t pronounce those words in the “Harry Potter” book, so we gonna let you read “‘Cat in the Hat.’”
Floyd Mayweather does not seem to be a fan of many rappers lately. He fought T.I. in a Fatburger in Las Vegas in May, dissed Nelly for being a high school dropout on ESPN, and has had a total falling out with former friend 50 Cent. Nelly is also now dating Mayweather’s ex-fiancé, Miss Shantel Jackson.
At the end of the Instagram video 50 Cent yells, “f*** the bucket of ice,” and tosses it over his balcony. Mayweather still hasn’t replied but sources say that if he does, it will likely come via social media. Was this display in poor taste given the seriousness of ALS, an incurable disease? While many people aren’t invested in the overly hyped and often media-manufactured feuds between celebrities, at least 50 Cent was able to stir up more attention for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a campaign that raised millions of dollars for ALS research.
How do you weigh in on this charitable feud? Does it truly serve charitable causes to raise funds in this way?