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Ice Cube fired back at NBA superstar and legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after the latter criticized the rapper/actor as well as the sports and entertainment industries for recent displays of anti-Semitism.
Abdul-Jabbar warned in a column published by The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday that anti-Semitic social media posts from Ice Cube and Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson were a “very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement,” while ripping the “shrug of meh-rage” in Tinsel Town and sports generally.
“When reading the dark squishy entrails of popular culture, meh-rage in the face of sustained prejudice is an indisputable sign of the coming Apatholypse: apathy to all forms of social justice,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote.
”After all, if it’s OK to discriminate against one group of people by hauling out cultural stereotypes without much pushback, it must be OK to do the same to others. Illogic begets illogic.”
The column struck a nerve with Ice Cube, who ripped into The Hollywood Reporter for publishing it.
“Shame on the Hollywood Reporter who obviously gave my brother Kareem 30 pieces of silver to cut us down without even a phone call,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
Shame on the Hollywood Reporter who obviously gave my brother Kareem 30 pieces of silver to cut us down without even a phone call. https://t.co/XRXPu0NRBW
— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 15, 2020
But his tweet led to further accusations of anti-Semitism from several quarters.
“If you needed any proof that anti-Semitism is alive in our societies, dozens of celebrities with millions of followers have sent a dangerous message: hate is hate, unless directed at Jews,” Julia Lenarz of the American Jewish Committee wrote on Twitter in reaction to Ice Cube’s statement.
If you needed any proof that antisemitism is alive in our societies, dozens of celebrities with millions of followers have sent a dangerous message: hate is hate, unless directed at Jews.@Diddy, @icecube, @NickCannon and all those who came to their defence. Shame on you! https://t.co/V3JXosXAh2
— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) July 15, 2020
“@Diddy, @icecube, @NickCannon and all those who came to their defence. Shame on you!” Lenarz added.
“Shame on Ice Cube for continuing to show us how vile and repugnant his brand of Jew-hatred is!” Dov Hikind, a former New York state assemblyman, responded.
Shame on Ice Cube for continuing to show us how vile and repugnant his brand of Jew-hatred is! 👌🏻 https://t.co/bT0IgPwDBA
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 15, 2020
In recent days, Jackson struck a nerve when he posted to social media praise of anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and a quote attributed to Nazi leader Adolph Hitler.
The NFL wideout shared a passage from a book that reads:
Hitler said, ‘because the white Jews knows [sic] that the Negros are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will black mail America.
‘[They] will extort America, their pan to world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.
‘The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching Children of Israel.’”
Eagles management issued a statement in which they condemned the post but they didn’t call on Jackson to apologize — a reaction far more subdued than when mostly black players around the league condemned New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is white, after he repeated his disapproval of kneeling during the National Anthem earlier this spring.
Brees was forced to issue several apologies, and his wife issued one as well.
Late last month, Ice Cube warned CNN host Jake Tapper after the latter tweeted out criticism of the Fox Soul channel for its decision to air a Fourth of July special featuring an address from Farrakhan, whom he described as a “vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist.”
Farrakhan is a vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist. Why is a Fox channel airing his propaganda? https://t.co/dmX7A6LSd2
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 29, 2020
The rapper responded, “Watch your mouth Jake.”
Watch your mouth Jake. https://t.co/DqTOr24Yb6
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 29, 2020
Ice Cube even earned a rebuke from noted Leftist Dr. Mark Lamont Hill.
Sadly, no. This is his second antisemitic post in a week. Conspiracy theories of Jewish global domination are textbook antisemitism. https://t.co/2EACMnehVK
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) June 10, 2020
What if I was just pro-Black? This is the truth brother. I didn’t lie on anyone. I didn’t say I was anti anybody. DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. I’ve been telling my truth. https://t.co/1SnGaGacM9
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 11, 2020
In his column, Abdul-Jabbar even called out a colleague, former NBA player Stephen Jackson, for his defense of Jackson.
“That is the kind of dehumanizing characterization of a people that causes the police abuses that killed his friend, George Floyd,” he wrote.
The former L.A. Lakers great also blasted Chelsea Handler, whom he pointed out is Jewish, for sharing a video of Farrakhan and approving his rhetoric on Instagram, noting “almost 4 million people received a subliminal message that even some Jews think being anti-Jewish is justified.”
At first, she slammed her critics but later apologized, Fox News reported.
Abdul-Jabbar also panned the 2020 Trump campaign for “pandering to hate groups” after a fundraising letter accused billionaires Tom Steyer, George Soros, and Michael Bloomberg — all of whom are Jewish — for trying to “rig the November election.”
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