There is a interesting fine line between free press and those who take that idea to a questionable degree. Case in point, the popular hip-hop website Worldstarhiphop.com. A website that was reportedly shut down today with the one and only 50 Cent taking responsibility for their demise. In a series of tweets 50 Cent said that, “I don’t know why people underestimate me. I just shut down WORLDSTAR for future advertising contact thisis50.com suckers lol.”
He also tweeted, “I put worldstar to bed, you don’t believe try me I will shut your sh*t down. Lol.” But he played coy in a radio interview saying, “I didn’t shut them down. If I rob a bank I wouldn’t tell you I did… [but] maybe I did. It’s up to the public to decide.”
So what started the war between 50 Cent and Worldstar start in the first place? They used his image on the front page of their site. This was not a sanctioned endorsement. This was the case of an apparently over zealous site utilizing an musical icon in their own iconography. Check out what they did here.
What do you think? Did they cross the line?