50 Cent calls AT&T ‘Racist,’ tells ‘Power’ viewers to change cable providers
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50 Cent calls AT&T ‘Racist,’ tells ‘Power’ viewers to change cable providers

Fola Akintomide

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is alleging that AT&T is “racist.”

In three separate Instagram posts on Saturday, 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.

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.”

He continued with a third post, imploring AT&T subscribers to drop the provider:

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.”

Starz and Encore serve a combined 57.5 million subscribers, including 23.7 million at Starz, and 33.8 million at Encore, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S.

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.

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