Rapper/Actor Ice Cube caught a lot of heat the past two days after some remarks he made about the MTV Movie Awards. In case you don’t already know, the MTV Movie Awards are given out based on fan voting. Anyways, they were hosted by Conan O’Brien Sunday Night and let’s just say Ice Cube wasn’t happy he didn’t come away with some winnings. Ice Cube was nominated for his work in Ride Along with co-star Kevin Hart for Best On-Screen Duo. However, they ultimately lost out to the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel from the Fast and Furious saga. He accused the loss to be because of “sympathy” votes stating “we was robbed. Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period.” He would then leave the show early. When this report first came out Monday, I was very disappointed in the big-time rapper and actor. As a rap fan, he has been one of my favorite guys to listen to, but these comments were flat-out uncalled for.
Then around 8 PM on Monday night, Ice Cube began to refute his comments, claiming he was just joking around. “I wasn’t really mad we didn’t win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people!” Ice Cube said through Twitter. He went on to claim, “And Paul Walker fans don’t trip. I was a fan too.” As bad as the initial reports could have been taken, I tend to believe that he was probably joking around. However, he should have known better than to make a statement like that about someone who recently died. Ultimately, it was poor judgment by the Ride Along star. It is easy to go back on your word, but claiming someone won an award out of “sympathy” is out of line.
In spite of these outrageous comments from Ice Cube, one part of the MTV Movie Awards that I thought was a nice touch was the tribute video for the late-Paul Walker. In case you are unaware, Walker passed away in November due to a car accident. It was a tragic death for one of the great actors and people in this world. The video was two minutes long and honored Walker’s acting career and legacy. It was introduced by Jordana Brewster, who has starred in the Fast and Furious series with Walker. Brewster stated, “Paul’s kindness was pure. He never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy. R.I.P. Paul Walker.