50 Cent is lashing out at cable provider AT&T for it’s failure to reach a new deal with STARZ, the premium channel that carries the hit show Power, which also stars and is co-executive produced by the rapper/actor.
In a series of Instagram posts, 50 urged fans to switch providers so they won’t miss any of the upcoming episodes and called AT&T racist.
“Change your cable package from AT&T to anything else. It’s 2015 and these people are still racist. They are dropping all channels that are considered urban friendly. This sh!t is sad,” 50 wrote. “If your a fan of POWER and you have AT&T as a cable carrier, you will no longer see it. Switch to Anything but AT&T. AT&T & Direct TV merger is in the government regulatory’s hand. The biggest telecom tv deal in history, they can’t be trusted not to bully the networks. The deal hasn’t happened yet and they already pushing the limits! With racist in charge we are going to be set back. It’s just a set back to the 500,000 AT&T viewers that won’t see POWER next week. It’s AT&T’s fault. The show is great you will hear about it.”
AT&T has extended negotiations once, but that deadline expires at the end of the July.
STARZ issued the following statement via 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.
Power is the highest rated series on the network.