The Brief: Twitter reacted with both critical and funny tweets about Ice Cube after it was revealed the rapper worked with the Trump Administration on the "Platinum Plan."
On Oct. 13, it became public knowledge rapper Ice Cube worked with the Trump Administration on the “Platinum Plan” to better Black communities after Trump’s Senior Advisor Katrina Pierson tweeted her support of it. The plan will reportedly “increase access to capital in Black communities by almost $500 billion.” Ice Cube previously proposed the “Contract With Black America” on July 1 which urged politicians to enact reforms and policies to help the Black community “achieve racial economic justice.”
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) October 13, 2020
The rapper caught a lot of heat from the hip-hop community and Black community for working with Trump, considering his previous statements about the president, both online and through song. In November 2018, he released the track “Arrest The President.”
I haven’t endorsed anybody. https://t.co/kmP99DdZug
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 15, 2020
Ice Cube defended his actions, insisting his sole purpose is to work on behalf of Black people.
Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020
The rapper met with both parties. According to CNN Political Analyst April Ryan, Ice Cube “wasn’t up to speed” on Biden’s Lift Every Voice plan which promises to “advance the economic mobility of African Americans and close the racial wealth and income gaps” and “expand access to high-quality education and tackle racial inequity in our education system.”
On Aug 24, #IceCube joined me for #COVIDConversations & we discussed his #ContractWithBlackAmerica & I actually presented many similarities with his plan & @JoeBiden’s #LiftEveryVoice plan for Black America. He wasn’t up to speed on Biden’s plan: https://t.co/hX1b1L3kVT #CWBA
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) October 15, 2020
Many community members were critical of the overall situation…
Ice Cube’s CWBA and Donald Trump’s Platinum Plan don’t even match 🤦🏾♀️
What did you do besides be a pawn @icecube?
— We me and Milano (@eleven8) October 14, 2020
I’m sorry but Ice Cube isn’t the leader of Black America. He ain’t the head of the CBC or the NAACP or BLM or even NWA. Biden doesn’t have to discuss Cube's particular Black rights ideas. Biden must address Black people’s political needs but he doesn’t have to do that via Cube. https://t.co/JPSyoY3ICM
— Touré (@Toure) October 15, 2020
But, of course, there were others who couldn’t help but get a few jokes in…
I prefer to call him by his full name, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cube”
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) October 14, 2020
boycott all ice cubes, we drinking lukewarm mixed drinks until further notice
— creativity is revolutionary. (@MichellCClark) October 14, 2020
Chilled glasses only https://t.co/O88CiTbzVB
— Joe Peratrooper (@chadstanton) October 14, 2020
A movie reference:
How many times did Ice Cube try to sell that damn Barbershop and y’all surprised? pic.twitter.com/HKUDjnV62E
— Chicken & WAPfles 🧑🏾🍳🇩🇴 (@OptimusGrind__) October 15, 2020
A “This you?” tweet:
— TashaCNS (@CnsTrotter) October 14, 2020
And a couple “How it started“-style tweets:
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) October 14, 2020
How it started… https://t.co/uRTD7kK1RE
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 14, 2020
Good lord… how much are they paying Ice Cube??? How… does the guy from NWA become MAGA?
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 14, 2020
Ice Cube is the Carter Page of Blacks For Trump.
— Good Trouble in Thighland (@roxydavis99) October 15, 2020
I was off Twitter for most of the day…I come back…and I am having a hard time understanding this Ice Cube shit.
Did not have it on my 2020 Bingo card. Holy shit.
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) October 14, 2020