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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ice Cube has dropped out of an upcoming Sony film over the production’s vaccine mandate.
A July agreement between guilds and studios states that producers have the option “to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A” — an area in which cast and crew work in close proximity — “on a production-by-production basis.”
“Producers on Oh Hell No made the request that cast on the project would need to be vaccinated,” THR says.
“The film is pushing back its production start. [Jack] Black injured himself in June while filming a gag for the last episode of Conan but is still attached to the project.”
Sony is now actively looking to find a replacement for Ice Cube, who walked from a $9 million payday.
Influential figures are beginning to give up their salaries and speak out against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Last week, Floyd Mayweather voiced his support toward Kyrie Irving’s decision to remain unvaccinated.
“I respect you for having some integrity and being your own man,” Mayweather on people choosing against the vaccine. “A free mind makes his own choices, an enslaved mind follows the crowd.”
Ice Cube has not commented publicly on the COVID vaccination. But before blue-checks call him a “COVID denier” or something, remember that Ice Cube advocated strongly for masking during the height of the pandemic. Nevertheless, none of that will matter. Hollywood’s sidekicks in the press and online will not stand for this type of decision.
This Monday, Howard Stern has a decision to make. Stern previously named Irving “the top idiot in the world” because Irving’s vaccine status cost him millions. So does Ice Cube now overtake Irving or rise to No. 2 on Stern’s list?