Ice Cube cancels ‘GMA’ appearance due to George Floyd: ‘I’m in no mood’

The entertainment hyphenate says he's been too impacted by recent events to promote his new movie on morning TV

Ice Cube in Atlanta. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

This week, rapper turned actor/producer/director  Ice Cube canceled his scheduled appearance on Good Morning America saying that his feelings about the death of George Floyd made it impossible for him to go on TV and pretend everything was OK.

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Many have been hit hard by the devastating video of Floyd’s death while being detained by Minneapolis police. One of the four officers responding to a forgery call kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes, leading to his death. Civil unrest and protests have been taking place in Minneapolis as activists call for the arrest of the officers, who have since been fired.

Thursday morning Cube, born O’Shea Jackson, made it clear that he was “in no mood” to put on a brave face while his community is in so much pain.


Ice Cube was scheduled to appear on the show to promote his new film The High Note with Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson, where he plays a music manager to Ross’ aging singer.

And this wasn’t the first time Cube spoke up about the incident.

Earlier in the week, he joined the chorus of outraged Americans, tweeting, “The F.B.I. knows exactly who the racist are in each police department and still let them keep there jobs until something like this happens. Stop sitting on critical information. Weed them out and get them out…NOW! #jonnycomelatelyagain.”

Several other celebrities like Beyoncé, Madonna, Diddy, Ciara, Ariana Grande and Cardi B, just to name a few, have been vocal about the horrific incident as protests continue in Minneapolis.

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The officers who have been fired but not charged have been hiding inside their homes as protestors gather outside. Minneapolis police have formed a blue wall of protection outside the home of the Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee in Floyd’s neck.

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