Ice Cube slams ‘SNL’ for ‘trying to reduce me to greed’
'Saturday Night Live' parodied Ice Cube and Lil Wayne on its episode that aired before the election.
Rap icon Ice Cube is lashing out at Saturday Night Live after the legendary sketch comedy show parodied him and Lil Wayne on the Halloween-themed episode that aired before the 2020 presidential election.
In the show’s opener, famed In Living Color comic actor Jim Carrey, portraying former Vice President Joe Biden, is reading viewers a scary story warning Americans to not vote for President Donald Trump.
Carrey-as-Biden says, “Decent folks out there, I ask: Hasn’t Trump failed at his task? Do not elect him anymore. Though Ice Cube and Lil Wayne … ” before being interrupted.
“Are voting for,” responds Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, who complete the rhyme as the rappers respectively. Both wore MAGA hats.
“Why, in the name of all that is holy, would you be voting for Trump?” asked the comedian in character.
“Taxes!” they pair replied in unison, in reference to Biden’s tax plan, which would increase taxes for Americans who earn over $400,000 annually.
“Plus, Trump’s got a new Platinum Plan,” Redd-as-Wayne continued, before Thompson, playing the former N.W.A. emcee, added: “That’s right. If you got a platinum record, you can plan on him doing a photo op with you.”
On Sunday, Ice Cube retweeted a clip of the sketch with three laughing face emojis and “f**k you SNL…trying to reduce me to greed.”
The West Coast rap legend has been widely criticized for meeting with representatives of the Trump campaign, who took some elements of his Contract with Black America and turned it into Trump’s notably slimmer Platinum Plan for Black Americans.
Ice Cube has repeatedly claimed that Democrats refused to meet with him; however, reports surfaced that he declined to attend a Zoom call with Kamala Harris because other entertainers would be present.
“We had spent a lot of people’s time putting the contract with Black America together,” he said, “and I just thought that getting on a Zoom call with 12 other entertainers all shooting what they believe needs to be done, to me, wasn’t going to be productive.”