Rapper and actor Ice Cube isn’t exactly on board with the idea of boycotting the Academy Awards, he recently said in an interview following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and he criticized those complaining while reminding them what is more important.
During an appearance on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show Thursday, the producer of Straight Outta Compton slammed those complaining over the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards, which he views as a “horse race.” He said that even though his film didn’t receive many nominations from the Academy, it received “accolades from all levels.”
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“You can’t boycott something that you never went to anyway,” he said, adding he views award shows like a horse race. “Once your horse loses the race, you tear up your ticket and go home.”
While Oscar critics feel the acclaimed film “Straight Outta Compton” was snubbed by the Academy, garnering only a Best Original Screenplay nomination, Ice Cube – the film’s producer – disagreed.
“We got accolades from all levels,” he said, referring to the response of fans and critics alike to the movie. He said being mad about not getting one guild or academy’s recognition is like “crying about not having enough icing on your cake.”
Ice Cube, whose character in Straight Outta Compton is played by O’Shea Jackson Jr in his debut role, also reminded the petulant children, complaining over trivial issues while furthering the racial divide in our nation, of who they perform for to begin with – their fans.
“We don’t do movies for the industry,” Ice Cube said, “We do movies for the fans, for the people.”
Whining because you didn’t get a nomination while blaming it on perceived racism is as childish as you can get. Besides, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s tired of the predictable outrage every time a minority gets left out of something then blames it on the entire country being racist, am I? Doubtful.