Senator Calls 50 Cent A ‘Singing Group’


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) referred to rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent as a “singing group” in a Senate floor speech Tuesday about the minimum wage.

She was chiding Republicans for opposing an increase in the federal wage to $10.10 per hour, which is set to come up for a procedural vote Wednesday.

“Suppose the other side had had taken that attitude, don’t raise it,” Boxer said, according to a transcript. “Well, it would still be, I guess, a buck an hour — 50 cents if you were kids. Today 50 Cents is a singing group. Am I right about that? Okay. So here’s where we are. Instead we’ve raised the minimum wage over and over and over again.”

[h/t Todd Zwillich]


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