Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is alleging that AT&T is "racist." In three separate Instagram posts on 7/18, the rapper
and Southpaw actor made the claims in response to the ongoing negotiations between Starz and AT&T U-verse,
which puts half a million AT&T homes at risk of not being able to view the upcoming episode of Starz's Power that
is in its second season. Jackson co-stars in the series and also co-executive produced.
"Man I’m sorry I have to say this, but AT&T is racist they have had issues in the past and here we go again. 500,000
homes will not be able to view the next episode of POWER. Shortly after, he posted a photo of a April 29, 2015
Associated Press article with the headline "AT&T fires president for sending racist texts and images."
"When this was happening they were saying they had the STARZ and other networks that created programming
targeting multiple ethnicity's now I guess (THERE NOT F---ING WITH N----S). he captioned the second photo.
He continued with a third post, imploring AT&T subscribers to drop the provider: "Change your cable package
from AT&T to anything else. It's 2015 and these people are still racist. They are dropping all channels that are
considered urban friendly. This sh!t is sad.”
A Starz spokesperson said in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter: "Starz is in ongoing negotiations with
AT&T U-verse to continue distributing its 30 STARZ and ENCORE channels and services at a fair and reasonable
rate. Without a new agreement, the millions of AT&T customers who have chosen to subscribe and pay for STARZ
and ENCORE will be at risk of losing these channels and the popular original programming like Power and Outlander,
as well as thousands of movies. Starz has enjoyed a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with AT&T until now.
We are hopeful AT&T will negotiate in good faith and that we will reach a fair agreement that allows its customers
to continue to get great entertainment at a good value."
According to a company spokesperson, Power is the highest performing series in Starz’s history with more than
6.3 million multiplatform viewers per episode, and has the largest concentration of African-American viewers for
a scripted premium series since 2006.