There is no way one can say, ‘Oh Hell No,’ to the covid-19 vaccine anymore! It’s essential not only for your safety but also for those around you. American rapper, actor, and filmmaker Ice Cube has melted out of Sony’s upcoming comedy Oh Hell No after declining a request from producers to get vaccinated. Refusal of getting a jab has cost him a chance to co-star with Jack Black and a $9 million payday. The film was announced in June last year and will be pushed further back as a casting change is in place at Sony.
Essence reports, “Producers will also have the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis,” the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), together with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP) stated.
After all his philanthropic ventures in the pandemic, donating time and resources to the cause, it is funny that he would refuse the most crucial step- to get vaccinated. Hollywood Reporter shared, the rapper even unveiled “Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self” branded T-shirts, featuring the star in a mask, in partnership with the manufacturer Black Out, with proceeds to benefit frontline health workers.
After people working in the aviation industry, it is probably actors who travel the world extensively. International travel is a big part of that job and to refuse vaccination immediately bans you from doing it well anywhere other than your hometown. Back in 2020, when vaccines were newly developed and surrounded with speculation, many celebrities were wary of it owing to concerns that people with cosmetic facial fillers could experience swelling and inflammation as a side effect of one of the coronavirus vaccines. Fear of the unknown is an acceptable excuse, but one year later, when half the world has got their jabs, no explanation seems good enough to not get vaccinated! Pity.