50 Cent had an Instagram standoff with Power Book III: Raising Kanan star Patina Miller after he compared her character on the Starz drama to Taraji P. Henson’s alter ego Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire.
The social media drama started when the rapper and executive producer of the Power prequel posted a side-by-side photo of Henson in character as Cookie and Miller’s Raising Kanan character Raquel Thomas.
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In the caption he wrote: “You know I don’t miss nothing @patinamiller knocking Cookie s— out the box. Empire who, how, where? LOL.”
The hip-hop mogul apparently had a change of heart (or was told to STFU), and later deleted the post.
Miller saw the post — before 50 Cent scrubbed it from his feed — and responded in the comments section with: “Normally I wouldn’t comment, but I feel it’s necessary. Both of these characters are strong af. I love that queen and look up to her! I do think both characters can coexist and one doesn’t have to be “better” than the other. Lift them both up!! Thank you for your support always @50cent.”
The “21 Questions” rapper then put Miller on blast by uploading a screenshot of her comment and captioning the post: “Did she just say that? @patinamiller I’m the only one comparing you and @tarajiphenson to make people see you that way. Taraji crazy a– put in a lot of work, it takes a lot of time to get in the hearts and minds of an audience like that. You over there on some Black women power sh–. SMH LOL WTF.”
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The rapper deleted that post too, but we got a copy of it.
This isn’t the first time 50 Cent has tried to start a beef about Lee Daniels’ Empire. He even accused the Fox series of being a knockoff of his idea.
Empire debuted in 2015, and for years was a huge hit, before its final season last year. Power debuted on Starz in 2014.