Actor/rapper Ice Cube has heard all the whining and complaining from some actors about the lack of black Oscar nominees at this year’s Academy Awards, and he’s sick and tired of it.
Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett, as well as director Spike Lee, are boycotting the Oscar ceremony, upset over the lack of diversity. In an appearance on the Graham Norton Show on Friday, January 22, Ice Cube thinks it’s much ado about nothing:
“You can’t boycott something that you never went to anyway,” the Straight Outta Compton producer told the talk show host. “That’s kinda weird. I look at it like a horse race. Once your horse loses the race, you tear up the ticket, go home. Back on out. … We don’t do movies for the industry, we do movies for the fans, for the people. And you now, the industry, if they give you a trophy or not, or they pat you on the back or not, it’s nice but it’s not something you should dwell on.”
“I think an older generation got an understanding of why we do that kind of music, and the younger generation got a history lesson, and we got so much praise for the movie, it’s like how could you be mad because one other academy or guild or anybody didn’t say it’s the number one?” Ice Cube added. “It’s crying about not having enough icing on your cake. It’s just ridiculous.”
The Academy Awards are applauded when they recognize diversity in film-making, but suddenly, because Will Smith doesn’t get nominated for a Best Acting Oscar for Concussion, they are now the poster child for racism in Hollywood. Ice Cube points out – rightfully – that this is more about ego than racism. Will Smith has been nominated twice for Best Actor twice – for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness – but he cannot cry racism because he did not get his way this time. It seems Smith has forgotten his west Philadelphia roots, while Ice Cube is still managing to keep it real.
H/T: US Magazine