(The Hill) – Rapper and actor Ice Cube has confirmed he missed out on a $9 million salary due to refusing to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
During an appearance on Barstool Sports’ podcast, “Million Dollaz Worth of Game,” Ice Cube, who featured alongside fellow rappers E-40 and Too $hort, told hosts Gillie Da King and Wallo267 that he had been written out of the Sony Pictures comedy “Oh Hell No” due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot.
Ice Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has confirmed a Hollywood Reporter report from last year that he quit the Kitao Sakurai-directed film due to its anti-vaccine stance, as film producers required that all cast members be vaccinated against the virus. .
“I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get my ass fucked,” Jackson told the hosts of Monday’s episode. “I turned down $9 million because I didn’t want to take the jab. F–k that jab, and f–k y’all for trying to get it across to me. I don’t know what Hollywood thinks of me right now.
Jackson later clarified on the podcast that he didn’t turn down the paycheck, but said the film producers shut him down.
“These mother-mothers didn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get vaccinated. I did not refuse it. They just wouldn’t give it to me,” Jackson added. “The covid shot, the jab… I didn’t need it. I didn’t understand that shit at all. Nothing. Fuck ’em. I didn’t need that.
Jackson, known for being an original member of legendary hip-hop group NWA and a slew of films he’s produced and starred in over the years, is one of the few celebrities and athletes in recent years to go public. his anti-vaccine stance. , joining Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ star Letitia Wright.
COVID-19 cases in the United States have been steadily declining since August, although many have expressed concern about a potential increase in cases over the winter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69% of Americans are fully vaccinated against the virus.
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