Ice Cube made headlines last year after reportedly turning down a $9 million payday for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine to work on a film alongside Jack Black. The legendary rapper, actor, and business owner confirmed the news in a recent media appearance.
Ice Cube was slated to appear in a Sony Picture film titled Oh Hell No with the aforementioned Jack Black. At the time of filming, COVID-19 vaccines were a requirement made for staff and actors to work on the set but
You can’t say Ice Cube isn’t a man who stands on his principles, no matter how debatable or questionable they may be. The rapper turned actor and mogul has reportedly left a Sony comedy called Oh Hell No over his refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine. The film was a joint collaboration between Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, and Black.
Ice Cube and the rest of his Mount Westmore (E-40 and Too Short sans Snoop Dogg) cohorts sat down with Willie The Kid and Wallo from the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast and the hosts asked him about the controversial moment.
“I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get the motherf*cking jab,” Cube said regarding not working on the movie. “I turned down $9 million. I didn’t want to get the jab. F*ck that jab. And f*ck y’all for trying to make me get it. So, you know, I don’t know how Hollywood feels about me right now.”
After Gillie expressed some mild shock at Ice Cube turning it down, the rapper added, “I didn’t turn it down. Those motherf*ckers didn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot. I didn’t turn it down. They just don’t give it to me.”
To watch the full episode, check it out below. Keep scrolling to see reactions from Twitter.
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Ice Cube says he turned down $9 million because he didn't want to get the covid shot.— Canadian Refusenik (@cdnrefusenik) November 23, 2022
Would you do the same?
Anyone who has had covid or has seen an elderly person struggling with covid can get fucked with their "vaccines are evil" nonsense. My father is f****** dead and I don't necessarily know if covid helped kill him but it certainly didn't help the situation. So f*** you Ice Cube.— ZAK Loves Lavender Haze (@Zakiyyah6) November 23, 2022
“Fuck that jab, and fuck y’all for trying to make me get it.”— Marc Lobliner - IFBB Pro (@MarcLobliner) November 23, 2022
What tickles me about this story is Ice Cube is rich so forsaking a $9 million bag is nbd, whereas most of the people cheering him on are regular degular mfrs who would ABSOLUTELY get vaccinated if it meant getting $9 million, lmao. pic.twitter.com/4hhVu0awKO— Ashley (@adubs80) November 23, 2022
Dear O'Shea Jackson/AKA: Ice Cube— Sons of Killmonger & Disciple of Dark Brandon (@2Strong2Silence) November 23, 2022
Bragging about not taking a vaccine that saved lives & losing out on $9 million dollars ain't the flex you think it is. Especially since that virus ravaged our community & a black woman helped create the vaccine.
As a music journalist I interviewed Ice Cube twice. Once in NY and once at his mum's home in LA. Despite the hype surrounding him, I found him to be a well-grounded person. I am not at all surprised he turned down $9m for a film that insisted he be Covid-19 jabbed. Integrity.— Sonia Poulton (@SoniaPoulton) November 23, 2022
Who's paying Ice Cube 9M dollars? Chile, this man is a huge disappointment. He really out here sounding mental. He can say fuck Covid vax, he's worth 160M, he has the means to take care of his family with the best Healthcare possible if they would've gotten sick but us, we don't.— Mr. Weeks (@WonderKing82) November 23, 2022
Remember— Black in the Empire (@blackintheempir) November 20, 2022
Ice Cube was attacked by his own people for trying to get something for our vote
Ice Cube is a fucking moron.— Hip Hopkins (@MLHipHopkins) November 23, 2022
Who’s offering Ice Cube 9 million to be in a movie?— Theron Jr (@TJR904) November 23, 2022