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Last Updated: Wednesday January 04 2006 11:04 GMT

50 Cent's poster gets a rapping

50 Cent
A poster showing rap star 50 Cent with a baby and a gun has been condemned for "glamorising" gun crime by the Advertising Standards Authority.

The image, used to promote his album and film called Get Rich or Die Tryin', sparked 17 complaints from people who found it irresponsible or offensive.

Some were particularly angry that it appeared in an area where gun crime amongst children had been a problem.

Advertisers said it was supposed to show 50's fight to escape the ghetto.

The ASA said the poster broke lots of rules about violence and anti-social behaviour, especially with regard to children.

They thought it was particularly wrong as many kids look up to the rapper.

50 has been criticised in the US already for a similar poster showing a gun and a microphone.

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