- Ice Cube has continued to post anti-Semitic memes on Twitter, in addition to imagery connected to Russian media and the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory movement.
- The rapper and actor has doubled down on his tweets, responding to allegations of anti-Semitism by tweeting, “I’ve been telling my truth.”
- The Daily Beast reported on Thursday that Ice Cube has a long history of anti-Semitic comments and allegedly tried to get a rabbi beaten up in 2015.
- A representative for Ice Cube did not return Insider’s request for comment.
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Rapper, actor, and producer Ice Cube has continued to post a series of alarming, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Twitter. The NWA rapper, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has also shared imagery connected to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement.
On Wednesday, Ice Cube, 50, tweeted an image of a black cube that’s called the “Black Cube of Saturn,” an occult-related symbol that indicates chaos. The black cube was laid over an image of a Star of David, seemingly implying that the Jewish people are somehow behind the world’s chaos and echoing anti-Semitic aspects of the popular Illuminati conspiracy theories. People have also used the black cube to claim that Jews were behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the novel coronavirus, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
The week before, on June 6, Ice Cube posted another anti-Semitic image, which shows old white men with large noses playing monopoly on a table held up by Black men. It’s a picture of a 2012 mural painted in London that was later removed for its offensiveness. “F-CK THE NEW NORMAL UNTIL THEY FIX THE OLD NORMAL,” he said in the tweet.
On Wednesday, he responded to criticism that his tweets were anti-Semitic. “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,” he said in a tweet.
Ice Cube has a long history of anti-Semitism, The Daily Beast reported on Thursday. In 2015, TMZ reported that he had ordered people to beat up a rabbi outside of the MGM Detroit hotel.
Ice Cube also shared content reportedly originating from Russian media and other images that are linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory
According to Renee DiResta, the technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, one of the images Ice Cube shared on Wednesday appeared to originate from a Russian-led Facebook group “focused on integrating itself into real Black media networks,” that only exists to “sow discord.” The image espoused a conspiracy theory alleging that Europeans had shot off the noses of Egyptian statues.
—Renee DiResta (@noUpside) June 10, 2020
Ice Cube shared an image connected to QAnon, the movement that focuses on the baseless conspiracy theory that there is a “deep state” plot against President Donald Trump.
The picture, posted on Tuesday, shows a sign hanging above a highway that reads, “MEDIA IS COMPLICIT #TREASON,” followed by the letter Q.
Q is an anonymous (and likely nonexistent) figure whose claims, posted on a fringe message board, about the world are taken on by followers of the movement. In a subsequent tweet, Ice Cube said that he doesn’t know who Q is. “It’s just a True statement,” he said.
One of the main tenants of QAnon is the conspiracy theory that many celebrities and Democrats are involved in child sex trafficking. None of their claims are based in fact, and a Texas FBI field office said in an internal memo last year that the group posed a domestic terrorism threat, as reported by Yahoo News.
QAnon conspiracy theories originated on the fringe corners of the internet, but have since extended to reach Instagram influencers and even caught the attention of Hilary Duff and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom have been subjects of the movement’s fodder.
It’s also become popular among the Republican party, as Trump continues to share memes and beliefs associated with QAnon. 51 current or former candidates for US Congress have espoused various QAnon conspiracy theories online, according to Media Matters for America.
A representative for Ice Cube did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.