50 CENT’S ON A MISSION with his new BMF show to get black crime shows viewed in the same way as their Italian counterpart’s such as Scarface. While Italian gangster […]
50 CENT’S ON A MISSION with his new BMF show to get black crime shows viewed in the same way as their Italian counterpart’s such as Scarface.
While Italian gangster bosses such as Tony Montana who played Scarface, and the Corleone family in the Godfather are seen as legends who ran organised crime groups, black ones such as BMF’s star Big Meech, are labelled as petty drug dealers who are being glorified, which 50 doesn’t think is fair.
In 50’s eyes, the only difference between both groups of criminals and their depiction on-screen, is skin colour because nothing is different in what they’re doing.
He explained to the Metro: “When we said “legends” in the trailer and people said, ‘you are glorifying drug dealers.’
“But no-one says it was glorifying drug dealers with Scarface or when they did The Godfather.”Embed from Getty Images
“This is a question that is made and comes up when diversity is injected into it. But this is the same concept as those films but in a different format.”
And the Southside Jamaica Queens native thinks the reason why black drug lords are perceived negatively as drug dealers, is because organised crime is attached to intelligence, which is mainly associated with white people, such as the Italian mafia syndicates.
The Power director delved further into his theory saying: “When we say “organized crime”, it has a dual meaning within entertainment. It also means intelligence.
“This is why when people say organized crime, you can only think of white Italian Americans. You don’t think of any other culture.”
50 will get the chance to change how black gangsters are looked at when he, along with his showrunner Randy Huggins, unveil Big Meech and his brother Southwest T’s story later this week.Embed from Getty Images
What separates BMF, which will show how the brother’s came up in Detroit before their epic fall at the hands of the law, from other gangster shows is that Meech played a big part in its creation, 50 explained.
Along with Meech’s input, 50 hopes that showing the Detroit hustlers when they were kids and some of the financial hardships will get viewers to identify with them.
He added: “When you tell an origin story, you get a chance to see the innocence and understand the choices they made, because they made them as kids at 15 years old.
“You look and see a struggle that is a universal struggle. You learn about them having good Christian parents who are then watching their kids make these decisions and not feeling comfortable with what they’re doing.”
The business mogul’s made it a habit to make his TV shows as real as possible, and in Kanan, which was the last series he produced, 50 made the program’s main character hit someone with a sock filled with toys, a violent act he claims his mum also made him do.