X Factor 2016: 50 Cent defends Honey G after ‘racism’ claims

X Factor hopeful Honey G, who hails from North Weezy (aka north west London), has received support from another celebrity fan across the pond.

Like many controversial hip-hop artists, the budding rapper has divided the nation, but now talk has turned transatlantic, as American rapper 50 Cent has waded into the scandalous storm to defend the talent show star.

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The urban singer – real name Anna Georgette Gilford – recently came under fire after being accused of committing an act of, what some people claim to be, cultural appropriation.

Now, in a surprise twist, 50 Cent has stepped forward to slam haters of the contentious contestant, saying that the 35-year-old rapper (who has a penchant for baseball caps and tinted sunglasses) is simply “entertaining.”

“She is entertaining, and I guarantee there is not going to be a hip-hop artist in the world who is going to be offended by her,” the Grammy-award winning artist told The Daily Star.

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“I would like to see her go far, at least she is bringing some happiness into the world. My message to her is haters always gonna hate, rise above it.”

50 Cent then commented on the racism row, explaining: “For anybody who thinks a white person performing music of black origin is racist, you know they don’t know what racism really is.

“Come and speak to real victims of racism who have seen their kids shot up. These people complaining ain’t got a clue. A middle-aged white woman rapping along to Dre and Tupac ain’t even close to being racist.”

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Last week Honey G also hit back against the claims she is a “racist caricature”, saying: “Any claims about me being racist are completely false and ridiculous. I’ve been heavily influenced by rap and hip-hop culture and involved in it for a number of years.”

And whether you love her or loathe her, the Honey Monster’s collabs for her debut album are rampant, as Snoop Dogg told the publication last month: “Straight up, you can tell Honey G comes from the streets. If Simon doesn’t take her through to the live shows, she ain’t got to worry, I will work with her.”

The X Factor is back next Saturday and Sunday on ITV.