Sunday 17 December 2017

'I never go to the Oscars so how could I boycott something I never go to?' - Ice Cube addresses Oscar diversity row

Ice Cube (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Ice Cube (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Elaine McCahill

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart have weighed in on the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity at the Oscars saying it “doesn’t affect” them.

The pair are in Dublin to promote Ride Along 2 and received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from The Phil at Trinity College this afternoon.

Ice Cube was one of the producers on Straight Outta Compton which charts the rise and fall of his former hip hop group NWA.

While none of the stars were nominated, the film is up for Best Original Screenplay for Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus – all of whom are white.

“The rewards come from the people and the studio and everybody involved making a great film and making it the way we wanted to do it,” Ice Cube said.

“I never do productions or anything in entertainment for the industry, it’s always for the fans, it’s always for the people.

“And when the industry pats you on the back it’s nice but it’s not necessary and the Oscars to me is like horse racing or the lotto or something.

“You put your ticket in, your horse don’t come in, you don’t sit there bitching and moaning, ‘man my horse didn’t come in’, you rip up your ticket and take your ass home.

“I never go to the Oscars so how could I boycott something I never go to?

“This year won’t be any different, it’s just going to be a regular year, I’ll probably go to a Lakers game or something.

“It is what it is and we’re fine and we’re happy, I’ll live,” he added.

Ride Along 2 hits cinemas around the country today, January 22.

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