Carphone Warehouse cancels Rapper 50 Cent’s Dublin appearance

10 Jul 2012

50 Cent, pictured in 2009. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Carphone Warehouse has cancelled an appearance US rapper 50 Cent was scheduled to make at its Dundrum outlet in Dublin tomorrow to promote his new SMS audio headsets. The cancellation comes in the wake of comments the singer made about autism on Twitter recently.

50 Cent had been due to head to the Carphone Warehouse store in Dundrum Town Centre on Wednesday. The idea of the gig was to promote his new SMS audio headsets that will be sold, exclusively apparently, at Carphone Warehouse stores.

“Carphone Warehouse customers will get the opportunity to demonstrate the new SMS audio headphones before meeting 50 Cent in person and our ‘Geek Squad’ and sales advisers in Dundrum will receive training from 50 Cent on his full SMS range,” said Peter Scott of Carphone Warehouse in a statement a few days ago.

Following 50 Cent’s comments about autism via Twitter, however, Carphone Warehouse’s Dundrum Town Centre Facebook page had been inundated with comments from people who had been expressing their views about his comments.

As a consequence, Carphone Warehouse has since issued a statement to say it has decided not to go ahead with the visit of 50 Cent to its Dundrum store tomorrow.

“Facebookers, we have been keeping abreast of your comments today, and understand your frustrations with 50 Cent,” read the statement.

50 Cent apologised for his comments about autism, again on Twitter, on 8 July.

50 Cent Twitter


Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic