Rapper and actor Ice Cube said he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because he felt the science was too experimental – despite the decision costing him a $9 million film role.
The 54-year-old was revealed in November to have turned down the comedy Oh Hell No, where he was set to star alongside Jack Black, and on Tuesday night he told Tucker Carlson why – insisting he never set out to become the poster child for the anti-vax movement.
Asked by Carlson why he refused to get vaccinated, he said: ‘It wasn’t ready. It was six months, kind of rush job. And I didn’t feel safe.’
He asked Carlson if he got vaccinated, and Carlson laughed and said: ‘Of course not.’
In April 2022, after months of dodging questions as to whether he had complied with Fox News’s own vaccination policy, Carlson told an audience at a San Diego County megachurch that he was not vaccinated against COVID.
Carlson said on Tuesday that ‘they told you it was safe’.
Ice Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, replied: ‘I know what they said. I heard what they said – I heard them loud and clear.
‘But it’s not their decision. There is no repercussions if they are wrong. I get all the repercussions if they are wrong.’
He said it was not a difficult decision, despite the money from which he walked away.
Some reports suggest the Inglewood-born star is worth $160 million.
‘I wanted to be an example for my kids. Make sure they didn’t take it either. I was willing to stand on my convictions.’
Carlson said that Ice Cube was ‘attacked’ for his stance, and showed a clip from SNL which spoofed the rapper’s decision.
‘I never told anyone not to get vaccinated, publicly. That was never my message to the world,’ said Ice Cube.
‘I didn’t even want people to know whether I got vaccinated or not. I was pretty upset that that even came out. I was just going to quietly not take it and deal with the consequences as they came.’
Carlson asked whether he knew anyone who had been adversely affected by the COVID vaccine.
‘I do, and they suffer every day, and it’s hard to watch,’ he replied.
‘Sometimes you have to let people know what’s going on, and move the needle. If it’s true, why can’t I say it?’