Ice Cube Cancels ‘GMA’ Appearance In Wake Of George Floyd Death: I’m In No Mood To Tell America Good Morning
Rapper and actor Ice Cube took to Twitter Thursday (May 28th) to officially cancel an appearance on an episode of Good Morning America. In the tweet, Ice Cube referenced the recent death of Minnesota resident and father of two George Floyd:
I apologize to everyone expecting to see me on Good Morning America today, but after the events in Minnesota with George Floyd I’m in no mood to tell America, good morning.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old restaurant security employee, was arrested by Minneapolis police in response to an incident regarding a counterfeit bill received at a market. The viral video of George Floyd‘s arrest and detainment by police has sparked national outrage as Floyd can be heard pleading for his life.
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The Minneapolis Police murdered this brother. ? ? This man, who, like Eric Garner, yelled out over and over and over again that HE COULD NOT BREATHE, was CLEARLY in distress. ? ? He is in handcuffs. ? On his belly. ? ? That already makes it hard for people to breathe. ? ? Then, for minutes and minutes on end, the officer keeps his KNEE on this man's neck – literally choking the life out of him. ? ? The people BEGGED for them to let up. BEGGED. ? ? Not that it would matter, but this man wasn't wanted for a violent crime.? ? A grocery store thought he was signing a bad check. ? ? Yeah, really. A bad fucking check. ? ? Show me the white man that has ever been confronted and killed over this. ? ? People are hurting. People are out of work. ? ? I am so utterly disgusted and heartbroken that we live in a nation, in a time, where this keeps happening over and over again. ? ? Our team @GrassrootsLaw is going to fight for justice here and we won't let up until we get it. ? ? But here's the truth – JUSTICE would be this man this being alive right now. We are tired. We are angry. They are already LYING and saying they noticed he "went into distress." No, YOU PUT HIM IN DISTRESS and KEPT HIM IN DISTRESS. ? ? And this shit has to end. Call the Mayor, Jacob Frey @ (612) 673-2100 and let him know he needs to speedily fire these officers and call the DA @ 612-348-5550. That's Mike Freeman. Let him know he needs to file charges immediately. Follow @GrassrootsLaw.
As a result, many have spoken out regarding the incident, including former NBA star Stephen Jackson who was close with George Floyd:
“Man you know, it’s like – and this gon’ sound f*cked up and I want it to sound f*cked up – I want it to sound f*cked up cause it is f*cked up. You just take my boy life and what we suppose to do? What his family supposed to do? Just move on? Hope you go to jail – hope they punish you for killing my boy? Why we can’t just kill you? That’s the justice we want cause we can’t get nothing back so the cops should die too. Ya’ll just killing people for no reason.”
Actor John Boyega has also spoken out against racists who may be fans of his work:
Part 1. John Boyega: If You're Racist & Your A Fan Of My Work: F**K Off, You F**king D**k Heads! pic.twitter.com/s5cfp8xOQE
— theJasmineBRAND (@thejasminebrand) May 27, 2020
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