'Straight Outta Compton' Producer Takes Different Angle on Oscars Racism Controversy


(Image: The Graham Norton Show/BBC)

On a clip released Friday of the latest episode of BBC's The Graham Norton Show actor/hip-hop artist Ice Cube, producer of the film 'Straight Outta Compton,' explained, "We don't do movies for the industry. We do movies for the fans."

Amidst all of the celebrities crying "racism" for the apparent lack of black actors or actresses nominated for Oscars this year, Ice Cube decided to look at the controversy in a different, more refreshing way.

Norton asked Cube, "Obviously, cause the Oscars have now got mired in this controversy this year. Where do you stand on all of that? Will you go? Are you going?"

Ice Cube responded:

The industry, if they give you a trophy or not, or pat you on the back or not...it's nice, but it's not something that you should dwell on. We got accolades from all levels, you know, from our core fans, from our curious fans, from people who didn't even think they wanted to see that movie. I think the older generation got a understanding on why we did that kind of music, and the younger generation got a history lesson. We got so much praise for the movie, and its like how could you be mad cause one other academy or guild or anybody says it's the number one...it's like crying about not having enough icing on your cake. It's just ridiculous.

This is a take on the award show controversy that no one has heard but probably should.

Even fellow guest, actor Hugh Laurie, commented, "I think, by the way, that's about the sanest description of this whole process of awards that I've ever heard."

For Ice Cube's full response to the awards controversy, watch below:



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