Saturday, May 18, 2024

Rapper-Actor Ice Cube aka O’Shea Jackson Tweets Anti-Semitic Message with Shocking Drawing, Reviving His History of Hate


Back in 1991, rapper Ice Cube aka O’Shea Jackson released a song with anti-Semitic lyrics called “No Vaseline.” This was before the internet, and although there were articles written about it, Jackson went on to have successes unimpeded.

Three days ago, Jackson Tweeted out the most anti-Semitic message I’ve ever seen by a celebrity who’s supposed to be mainstream. The Tweet featured a horrific painting of what looks like Jewish men — depicted by their big noses — playing Monopoly. The game board is supported by dozens of bald, naked black men, i.e. slaves. There’s a wad of cash thrown into the middle of the board.

The painting is credited to “Anonews.” A message is emblazoned above and below the painting: “All we have to do is stand and their little game is over.” Ice Cube himself has written as his Tweet message, in capital letters: “FUCK THE NEW NORMAL UNTIL THEY FIX THE OLD NORMAL!”

I’ve reported the Tweet to Twitter and sent Jack Dorsey a message asking him to ban Jackson.

This kind of message is as damning as anything sent out by any other kind of racist. This is racism at its purest level, and it’s hate. It furthers memes about Jews that are disgusting and untrue, and does nothing but cause deeper schisms. But it’s consistent with Jackson’s views, ones that obviously haven’t changed since he wrote “No Vaseline” thirty years ago. As far I’m concerned, Jackson should have been “cancelled” when that song was released.

I’m reproducing the Tweet here because I want everyone to see what this guy did.

This is completely unacceptable.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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