Rapper and actor Ice Cube has come under fire for a ride-along interview he gave to former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson. The interview, which took place on Twitter has drawn criticism due to Carlson's history of peddling racist conspiracy theories and White supremacist talking points.
During the interview, Ice Cube and Carlson discussed their stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. Ice Cube revealed he left the production of the film Oh Hell No and missed out on a $9 million paycheck because he refused to take the COVID-19 shot, which cast members were required to receive.
He claimed he did not feel safe taking the vaccine, citing concerns about its rushed development.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have prooven the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective forr the overwhelming majority of humans—no vaccine is 100% safe due to allergies and other health issues—having undergone rigorous testing and monitoring.
You can hear what Ice Cube said in the video below.
Ice Cube said:
“Yeah, I’m not real good with direct orders. It wasn’t ready. You know, it was a six-month kind of rush job and I didn’t feel safe.”
“No, it wasn’t a tough call. I wanted to be an example for my kids, really make sure they wouldn’t take it either, show them that I want to stand on my convictions and that I was willing to lose $9 million and more, because we’ve probably lost more since then.” ...
“I was pretty upset that that even came out, because I was just gonna quietly, you know, just not take it and deal with the consequences as they came."
The entertainer went on to share an anecdote about someone he knew who allegedly suffered adverse effects after taking the vaccine, though he did not provide further details. The CDC data proved adverse events from vaccines are rare and the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the potential risks.
During the interview, Carlson claimed he had not received the vaccine, aligning with his well-known skepticism towards vaccination. However his employer during the pandemic enforced mandatory vaccination before employees could return to work.
Ice Cube's decision to engage in an interview with Carlson sparked criticism.
Ice Cube's interview sparked further concerns about the way Twitter served as a vector for vaccine misinformation, especially during a global pandemic where vaccination played a crucial role in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be a vital tool in the fight against the pandemic, health authorities worldwide emphasize its safety and efficacy.
Misinformation and skepticism can hinder vaccination efforts and endanger public health.
Encouraging accurate information and promoting vaccination as a means of protecting communities remains essential in overcoming the pandemic's lingering challenges.